The Nation: The Three-Front War

At a closed-door session on Capitol Hill last week, Secretary of State Christian Herter made his final report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. affairs abroad. Afterward, Tennessee's Democratic Senator Albert Gore summed it up for newsmen. What Herter presented, said Gore, was "not a very encouraging review." That was something of an understatement in a week when the underlying conflict between the West and Communism erupted on three fronts. While Communists were undermining United Nations efforts to rescue the Congo from chaos, two other Communist offensives stirred the Eisenhower Administration into emergency conferences and serious decisions.

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