United Nations: Irresponsible & Repugnant


"Never before have I heard such irrational, irresponsible, insulting and repugnant language in these chambers—and language used, if you please, contemptuously to impugn and slander a gallant and successful effort to save human lives of many nationalities and colors."

Adlai Stevenson, who doesn't get worked up very often, had carefully written the speech, overruled the doubts of some of his aides ("Should we be so rough?"), and sent the words flying like stinging chips of wood across the Security Council's horseshoe table. He had reason to be angry; in both Council and Assembly, the Africans' irrational and insulting language had...

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