MIDDLE EAST: Getting It in Writing

Until last week the threat of war hung over the Middle East, even though all parties to the crisis protested that they did not want war. It took the skilled diplomacy of U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold last week to get their protestations in writing. Result: a cease-fire along the bloody Israeli-Egyptian border and a promising stillness spreading across the Middle East.

In making peace (even though it may only be temporary) Dag Hammarskjold had the enthusiastic backing of the U.S., which sponsored the U.N. resolution to create his mission. In midweek the U.N....

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