DIPLOMACY: Guided Missives

"Life is returning to normalcy. We must exert all efforts to ease international tensions." Thus, fortnight ago, Nikita Khrushchev called for a change of pace in Russian diplomacy, which for weeks past has consisted largely of sending threatening notes all over Europe, warning NATO allies not to allow atomic bases within their borders. Last week, obedient to Khrushchev's signal, Russia began spraying the air with a new set of spitballs.

First came pious appeals to Britain, France and the U.S. to join the U.S.S.R. in renouncing the use of force in the Middle...

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