TREATIES: Back to Normalcy

Thirty years ago, when Germany and the U.S. signed a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights, the New York Times called it "a return to the normal relations that were disrupted by the war." Last week, following yet another war, West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and U.S. High Commissioner James Bryant Conant sat across a mahogany table in the federal chancellery and scrawled their names. Thereby they agreed to revive the 30-year-old pact and get back toward diplomatic business as usual. Once more the Times hailed it as a "move of...

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