WAR IN KOREA: The Struggling Frog

Those who are hopeful of a Korean truce believe that the Reds are testing U.N. patience to the utmost in order to squeeze out the best possible terms for themselves: when they see they have nothing further to gain, they will make a deal. The pessimists—among whom General Ridgway must be counted since his scathing analysis of "Operation Quagmire" (TIME, Feb. 18)—believe that the Communists make minor concessions from time to time simply to keep the talks going indefinitely. The optimists have had almost nothing to feed on lately, but they keep on making hand-to-mouth motions, apparently from force...

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