TRUCE TALKS: Salvage

There is no such thing as an absolutely inextricable position.

—Nikolai Lenin

Good Communists, following Lenin's doctrine, will try to salvage what they can even from the most disheartening setback. At Panmunjom last week, the Communist negotiators were making a fairly effective job of it.

The Reds had suffered a tremendous setback in prestige and solidarity when 100,000 of the U.N.'s prisoners, including some 60,000 Chinese and North Korean soldiers, voted against repatriation. To retrieve the situation, the Communist high command in North Korea, apparently working through a grapevine to the prisoners on Koje Island, engineered the kidnaping of General Dodd. They also...

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