COLD WAR: The Hard Line

A notion that came to life with the death of Joseph Stalin was itself laid to rest last week. Stalin's successors made plain, so that even the most credulous could see, that they have no desire to negotiate a letup in the cold war.

One evening early in the week, ambassadors of the three Western powers were summoned to the Moscow Foreign Ministry. Each got an 18-page diplomatic note. It was Russia's answer to their proposal for a four-power ministers' conference at Lugano, Switzerland. The Russians did not even reply to the Lugano invitation, but made it clear that Moscow...

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