THE NATIONS: The Battlefields of Peace

Every month brings a calamity graver than most major battles. Millions pass into slavery between one week and the next. The fate of whole continents swings with a day's news. A fifth of the world's people are involved in actual war. No place, from the Congo to Spitsbergen, is safe. Nobody is secure.

What kind of a peace is this?

How Firm? The smiles of Potsdam slowly froze into "patience and firmness." And firmness began, with the announcement of the Marshall Plan, to become more than a word.

But—so far—not much more.

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