War: Leadership in Action

Any doubt as to the import of what the U.S. and the U.N. did last week was dispelled by the world reaction. No event since V-J Day had had such an impact on world opinion.

A moment after Truman had spoken, old friends seemed firmer friends and uncertain friends seemed surer. Britain was first and firmest. It immediately put its Far Eastern Fleet in MacArthur's command. Churchill found the right phrase for the action: "An inescapable duty." France found itself a cabinet (see FOREIGN NEWS). Germany, which feels that it may be the next Korea, found new heart.

All over Asia, leaders' words...

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