DISARMAMENT: An End to Surprises

The London disarmament talks may prove in the end to be a dumb show, because agreement was never possible, and by one side never intended. But if the Russians are serious or even curious about disarmament, the Western allies gave them their chance last week to talk specifics.

The four-power "working paper" presented in person by John Foster Dulles, far from being just another facile essay in the propaganda of cold war, represented an imaginative and intricate effort to formulate—under the common theme of safeguarding against surprise attack—a program taking careful account of all the multiplicity of national interests of...

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