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"We make this proposal because it is the right thing to do," said the President of the U.S. "We are not making it in any sudden spirit of optimism. We are not making it as a last gesture of despair. We are making it because we share, with all the members of the United Nations, the responsibility of trying to bring about conditions which will assure international peace."

Under the glare of television lights, Harry Truman was speaking to the nation and over its head to the U.N. Assembly meeting in Paris about the West's "fresh approach" for disarmament. Conceived...

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