Europe: The Trouble with Cassandra

"Destiny." says Cassandra in Jean Giraudoux's Tiger at the Gates, ''is simply the relentless logic of each day we live." Yet the logic of the day is not always immediately apparent. A great many days are filled with portents of doom, but destiny may look quite different.

Europe last week seemed like Cassandra's backyard. Imminent and grave crisis was predicted over Berlin (see following story). Yet the relentless logic of the cold war suggested that while the danger was considerable, the Russians really had little room for maneuver if the West stood...

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