REFLECTIONS: A Global View

John Cowles, president of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, recently returned from a two-month survey of Europe and the Middle East. In a notable report to his papers, Cowles, a careful weigher of facts and forces, summed up his impressions of "The U.S. and the World Today." Highlights of his global view:

Disagreeable Facts. We must get two facts, disagreeable as they are, etched on our minds.

First of all, we are actually in a war . . . It's a halfway war, a cold war, but nevertheless a war . . .

Second, we . . . will probably never again be...