For two years Joseph Stalin had refrained from any public pronunciamento. Last week, in a Pravda interview, the mighty oracle of Communism gave his thoughts on some selected issues of the day.

¶ On a recent statement by Britain's Prime Minister Clement Attlee that British rearmament sprang from Russia's failure to demobilize: "A slander ... A lie . . . The Soviet Union ... is expanding its civilian industry ... It cannot simultaneously . . . multiply its armed forces . . . Attlee is not in favor of peace."

¶ On Korea: "If Britain and the U.S. reject finally the...

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