United Nations: Surveying the Unhappy World

The 23rd annual General Assembly of the United Nations convened last week, and the first glasses clinked to inaugurate the world's most arduous social season. During a three-month session, each of the 125 delegations-feels obliged to throw a diplomatic party, if not several lunches and dinners as well. The permutations and combinations of invitations quickly become staggering. Britain's Lord Caradon in one 84-day session squeezed in 96 cocktail parties and 105 dinners. Given that amount of overtime, it is perhaps merciful that the 2,000-odd diplomats assembled in the U.N. do not have...

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