THE NATION: Victory at Berlin

The U.S. went into the Berlin conference without any reason to hope for important agreement with the Communists. During the sessions (see FOREIGN NEWS), no invitation to hope appeared. Yet the conference achieved a major advance in international politics.

The Chinese say: "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names." Inevitably, under pressure of Soviet threat and promise, Europeans tend to call appeasement "neutralism." Even among the U.S. people and their leaders, there are those who snap at Soviet bait or become confused about Soviet intentions.

Berlin offered no such bait. Molotov was forced to define the...