THE NATION: The Other If

At high noon of a misty grey day last week. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his staff went aboard the presidential Constellation Columbine and flew off to Berlin and the Big Four Foreign Ministers' Conference. It was the first Big Four Foreign Ministers' meeting since 1949 (see FOREIGN NEWS), and crystal-gazers did a brisk business on both sides of the Atlantic trying to predict what might come out of it. Most of them, in assessing the prospects, overlooked the kind of new strength Secretary Dulles was taking into it.

Dulles departed in a week which really belonged to...

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