THE NATION: Lost Initiative

The Communist capture of Czechoslovakia last week stirred the uneasy memory of almost everyone. Nine years ago Nazi boots had stamped into Prague, and Czechoslovakia had fallen to Hitler. The steps heard in Prague last week came from the gumshoes of the Communist-controlled police; this time it was an inside job (see INTERNATIONAL).

The U.S. people, who had begun to think that the Marshall Plan would fix up everything, had trouble focusing their minds on this distant crisis. The President was sunning himself at Key West. State Department officials said they had known all along that it was going to...

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