FOREIGN RELATIONS: Burned Hands Across the Sea

Before official Washington could get out if town for the long weekend, Massachusetts' Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy set off a cannon cracker in the Senate that rattled the windows at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and painfully burned an ally 3,800 miles away. The Kennedy rework: an urgent appeal for the U.S. to step into the bloody Algerian rebellion against French rule and lend its weight to the cause of Algerian independence.

In dealing with Algeria, the Eisenhower Administration has tried to avoid offending either the Asian-African nations, which are fervently on...

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