COLD WAR: Ready & Willing

The smell of peace was in the air as the Foreign Ministers reassembled in Geneva.

The Communists came in wary triumph, as if fearing only some unforeseen development; the British arrived with the studied detachment of a consulting surgeon at an operating table; the French with the resolute air of a patient who has at last decided to undergo major surgery.

The Communists had made good use of the three weeks. While military committees talked in calculated deadlock, while the West stayed its hand in indecision, the Viet Minh armies had pressed deep into...

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