THE NATIONS: Men from Missouri

In Paris the Russians launched a big diplomatic and propaganda drive this week. Andrei Gromyko had come to meet his Western opposite numbers, to see if they could agree on an agenda for a full-dress Big Four conference. Gromyko proposed this agenda: 1) "demilitarization" of Germany (Moscow has been screaming long & loud that Western plans to defend West Germany threaten the peace); 2) a peace treaty for Germany, including withdrawal of all Allied troops; 3) "improvement of the situation in Europe," including a possible cut in the armed forces of the Big Four.

The prospect of withdrawal from Germany,...

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