THE NATIONS: Pig in the Parlor

One ironic fact stood out last week. While the two most powerful nations on earth, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., were haughtily ordering other peoples to put their houses in order, the police of New York and Moscow were coping, not too successfully, with crime waves.

The U.S. Army turned down the New York City Police Department's plea that the return of former policemen be speeded, told the cops to wait their turn. In the U.S.S.R. they do things differently: Red Army generals took a look at the crime statistics presented to them by...