THE NATION: The Long Fuse

At Pearl Harbor 6½ years ago, the provocation was simple, swift and beyond recall: Japanese bombs hit U.S. battleships in a matter of seconds. In Berlin last week provocation had a longer fuse. By blocking the normal food supply of some 2,500,000 people in Berlin's western zones (see col. 2), the Russians were betting that they could force the Western Allies out in a matter of days or weeks.

Did it mean war between the U.S. and Russia? Only the Russians knew the answer to that question; Americans profoundly hoped not. There were three possible alternatives, short of war:

The West...

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