OPINION: Bomb for Barbarians?

Five days a week, Maine's Senator Margaret Chase Smith writes a syndicated over-the-back-fence news report for 40-odd papers on what she is doing down in Washington. Besides discussing her serious business, such as investigating ammunition shortages, she lets the folks in on odd bits of personal gossip, e.g., how capital busybodies have tried to match-make Widow Smith with Georgia's Senator Richard B. Russell, one of the capital's more eligible bachelors.

Last week, however, chafed by a procession of headlines about Chinese Communist prisoner atrocities and obstructionist tactics, Maggie Smith's casual tone abruptly changed.

"If the current negotiations don't produce peace, but...

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