WESTERN EUROPE: Two Schools of Thought

Gingerly the West handed the grenade back to Russia.

At half-hour intervals, charges d'affaires of the U.S., Britain and France called on Soviet Foreign Minister Vishinsky with replies to the Soviet offer to "neutralize" Germany. Though the notes were identical, Vishinsky gravely heard each one read aloud, as if hearing it for the first time.

It was all very polite, and diplomatically correct. The West expressed doubts that Germany can be unified until free elections include the Soviet zone. The West wondered whether Russia intends to give Germany back the seized lands...

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