International: AT THE TABLE

They were men, they were nations, they were the world. Looking upon the earnest members of the Security Council, the world might see something of its own hopes and fears, some of its own foibles and enigmas. Notables at the table:

Quo Tai-chi was the shrewd, soft-spoken Confucian. As chairman of the Council, China's mellow statesman seemed to remember the wisdom of the Analects: "Men are born pretty much alike, but through their habits they gradually grow further and further apart from each other." Imperturbable, patient, conciliatory, Dr. Quo sought to bridge the chasm of habits. His logic was simple and overwhelming...

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