When the U.N. Disarmament Subcommittee doggedly assembled in London last March, most observers conceded it no more chance than any other of the innumerable futile sessions the West had held with the Russians over the past eleven years. Europeans remarked sagely that the Eisenhower Administration had found an ideal job for Harold Stassen—all talk and no action. But the slow recognition that this time the Russians might be serious* has made everyone suddenly cautious. The Russians had accepted, at least in broadest principle, Eisenhower's "open skies" inspection and offered for the...

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