Berlin: What New Initiatives?

Seldom in history has a diplomatic crisis been so well advertised in advance. From Moscow came leaden hints that only the U.S. elections on Nov. 6 were holding up the next round of the Berlin struggle—a round that just might bring Nikita Khrushchev to the U.N. and might also bring the long-threatened peace treaty for East Germany this fall.

In reply, the U.S. began a rolling barrage of warnings. Attorney General Robert Kennedy told an audience in Las Vegas of a "great crisis" ahead; Secretary of

State Dean Rusk expressed grave concern over Berlin to virtually every visiting foreign minister at...

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