THE NATIONS: But, Don't Go Near the Water

For a man on whom the U.S. State Department had blown hot & cold for a week, Halvard Lange, Norway's Foreign Minister, headed home for Oslo remarkably unruffled. Lange had been sent to the U.S. by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament) to find out just what it would mean to Norway—put & take—to join in the proposed North Atlantic defense pact.

Before he left Oslo, he had told the Storting that neutrality between the East and West was an illusion. Washington, pleased, had spoken admiringly of Norwegian guts. But when Lange got to Washington,...

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