United Nations: The Switch

Every now and then, a modest little gesture becomes an act of history. Thus last week U.S. Delegate Adlai Stevenson made history of sorts in the U.N. with a quiet speech and a raised right hand in a Security Council vote. The occasion was another of the Afro-Asian resolutions condemning colonialism, this one aimed at Portugal and its dictatorial rule in Angola.

The U.S. was faced with a familiar dilemma. The very foundation of U.S. existence had been an anti-colonialism etched in history by the Founding Fathers, confirmed by fiery speaker after fiery...

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