Foreign News: The Alternatives

One of the facts of life in a democracy—which opposing dictators have often used to their own advantage—is that a nation which, in the first heated moment of provocation, postpones a resort to arms is far less likely to go to arms after thinking it over.

This was the reality behind all the appearances. From military encampments on the Salisbury Plain, Britain moved more troops toward embarkation ports and the eastern Mediterranean. In Paris the Defense Ministry announced appointment of three-star General André Beaufre, an expert on airborne operations, to command a new "Mediterranean...

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