National Affairs: JUDGMENTS & PROPHECIES

COLLECTIVE SECURITY IS A MYTH

CHRISTIAN CENTURY, Protestantism's most vigorous, international-minded weekly, regretfully spells out the end of a Western diplomatic tradition.

GREAT numbers of well-intentioned, idealistic persons have accepted the contention that peace and order can be secured only by binding the "peace-loving" nations in an agreement to use their armed forces in concert to restrain or punish an aggressor. The collective security idea was inserted into the Charter of the United Nations. But the member states in the U.N. have never been willing to provide the forces. And as for "collective security" from common action by national armies, the Security Council...

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