WAR today is more than "policy by other means," as Von Clausewitz defined it in the 19th century. In the mid-20th century, when the realities of power are often obscured by fog banks of propaganda and U.N. debate, the outbreak of hostilities anywhere in the world urgently demands a return to the only meaningful diplomacy, which in the last analysis involves a bilateral dialogue between the nuclear giants, Moscow and Washington. The repercussions of the Middle East war may not be resolved for some time to come, but some of its major implications are already clear:

• The nuclear deterrent does...

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