After six frustrating years of trying to budge the roadblocks to world peace, Norway's Trygve Halvdan Lie resigned this week as Secretary-General of the United Nations. His reason: his fear that he himself has become a roadblock.

A sad-faced, meaty (220 Ibs.) carpenter's son, he became the U.N.'s first boss in February 1946, when the Big Five powers agreed on him as a compromise candidate. The Russians were his enthusiastic supporters then.

But on June 26, 1950, when he threw his weight behind the U.N.'s decision to resist Communist aggression in Korea, Trygve Lie became...

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