THE AMERICAS: Mobilizing the Neighbors

"The aggressive expansion of Soviet power threatens the whole world ... [We] must consider what should be done to improve the defense of this hemisphere [and] what measures we can best undertake to support and strengthen the U.N. in [Korea]." So said President Truman last week to the conference of the hemisphere's foreign ministers, assembled in Washington in response to an emergency call by Dean Acheson.*

The neighbors, one of the world's oldest international communities, seemed more interested in economics than defense. Replying on behalf of the visiting ministers, Brazil's Joáo Neves da Fontoura declared bluntly that in return for...

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