The U.N. witnessed an unfamiliar sight last week—a visible split in the Anglo-American Alliance. The friends parted company—at least for the moment—in the misty thickets of the General Assembly, where the world's diplomats are searching for a solution to the Korean truce deadlock, and debating whether some 40,000 unwilling North Korean and Chinese prisoners should be forcibly returned to their Communist masters.

Into the bramble stepped an intense, bushy-haired diplomat named V. K. Krishna Menon, who represents India, long one of the least enthusiastic U.N. supporters in Korea. A brilliant, English-schooled (London...

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