After eight months of haggling, in which hopes have risen only to be dashed, peace in Korea seemed farther away than ever. In the truce tents at Panmunjom and at SCAP headquarters in Tokyo, dejection seized the U.N. team and expressed itself in one gloomy question: "Has the U.N. been made a patsy?"

The unhappy answer seemed to be yes. When truce talks began last summer, the Communists were recoiling with heavy casualties from two massive spring offensives that failed. Now, admitted Truce Negotiator Vice Admiral Joy last week, the U.N. has become militarily weaker and the Communists stronger. Despite the...

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