UNITED NATIONS: The Organized Hope

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As naturally as if it were digging along an old, familiar path instead of pioneering a new trail, the U.S., with astute help from Great Britain, channeled Nikita Khrushchev's demand for a summit conference into the United Nations. In doing so, the U.S. was not merely using the U.N. as a handy device for countering Khrushchev without stomping on its allies' desires for a big-power meeting. In insisting on keeping the Lebanon crisis within the U.N., the U.S. had a positive purpose: getting the U.N. to take responsibility for protecting Lebanon—and...