COLD WAR: If Trouble Is Brought To Us

Shooting down another nation's plane these days involves less and less risk of turning the cold war hot. Since the end of the Korean war, the Communists have attacked and shot down seven U.S. reconnaissance planes over the Pacific. The U.S. has shot down three of its Communist attackers. Such incidents are increasingly regarded as one of the inevitable hazards of the costly reconnaissance along the cold war's bristling frontier.

Last week, in the midst of all the diplomatic blowup over Formosa, and at a time of international handwringing, a U.S. RB-45...

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