Waking up at last to an opportunity that had been knocking loudly for weeks, the U.S. responded to Soviet Russia's vitriolic germ-warfare propaganda. The U.N. Security Council took up a U.S. resolution proposing an on-the-spot International Red Cross investigation of Communist charges that the U.N. forces had waged germ warfare in Korea. U.S. Delegate Ernest Gross challenged: "If what we say about the campaign of hate is not true, the Soviet government can show us up [with] ... an impartial investigation."

Russia, of course, wanted no such thing. Soviet Delegate Jacob Malik used all the familiar stalling tactics—he demanded priority for...

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