International: Shifting Sands

Last week stout Ernie Bevin, His Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, walked ponderously up to the UNO rostrum and made a limited but specific speech that started a new deal for dependencies.

UNO delegates are not afraid to applaud their favorites, and Bevin is one of them. There were cheers when he said Britain was ready to put her mandates of Tanganyika, Togoland and the Cameroons under UNO trusteeship. There were still longer cheers, led by the sheiks of Saudi Arabia, when he promised early independence to Trans-Jordan, whose Indiana-sized expanse includes mud, lifeless desert and the Dead Sea. The...

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