COLD WAR: Challenge & Response

One of the laws of cold war, as of Newton's physics, is that action and reaction are equal and opposite. When Soviet pressure relaxes, so does Western vigilance; when Soviet threats increase, so does Western resistance. Last week Soviet pressure increased portentously in the most sensitive spot of cold war: Berlin. The West's reaction was instantaneous: 15 NATO nations, meeting in Paris, moved off the dead center made by the spirit of Geneva and 1) warned the Russians to keep their hands off West Berlin, 2) resolved unanimously to stop the summer's rot in the Atlantic alliance.

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