World: U.N.: Between Illusion & Disillusion

IT almost seemed last week as if Western opinion were divided only between those who felt that the U.N. was about to die and those who believed that it was already dead.

Quite a few were ready to welcome its demise.

When the Security Council blocked any action against India's aggression in Goa, Adlai Stevenson, recalling the League of Nations' failure to oppose aggression, gloomily warned: "We are witnessing the first act in a drama which could end with [the U.N.'s] death." British Foreign Secretary Lord Home, criticizing the U.N. action against Katanga, warned...

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