FOREIGN RELATIONS: Standard Soap Opera

The whole thing was as stylized as the synopsis of a soap-opera plot. Exasperated by India's refusal to support the U.S. position in the United Nations, Congress was in no mood, week before last, to discuss India's plea for 2,000,000 tons of grain to feed its famine-threatened millions. Texas' Senator Tom Connally had pointedly announced that India would have to wait while a Foreign Relations subcommittee "looked into" the whole question of U.S.-Indian relations. Would Congress relent? Would India be left to starve?

The U.S. press promptly burst into a chorus of high-minded admonishment. Editorialists, in their best voice-of-reason tones,...

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