THE NATION: The Time of Truce-Making

In an essay on the proposition "That the Hour of Truce-Making Is Dangerous," Michel de Montaigne recalled: "[The Spartan King Cleomones] made a seven-day truce with the people of Argos, then attacked them on the third night while they were asleep and expecting no harm; the excuse he gave was that the [seven-day] truce made no mention of nights."

Every day last week brought new conciliatory words and deeds from the Communist camp (see INTERNATIONAL). The U.S., long braced against insult and aggression from that quarter, was perplexed, a little scared, and...

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