KOREA: Cold Armistice

One day last week, a Communist observer idly scuffed at a mortar shell lying in the demilitarized zone. Alarmed, a U.N. observer turned to an interpreter and made the following statement, which was duly taken down, delivered, and made a part of the official record: "Our side believes that this object, which personnel of your side have been kicking, is an unexploded live round. In order to protect both sides, our side requests that personnel of your side stop this action."

With such icy propriety and protocol, the bureaucrats of the armistice...

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