THE NATION: A Time for Reappraisal

I will not be a party to any treaty that makes anybody a slave; now that is all there is to it." With that unequivocal statement, the President of the U.S. last week summed up his answers to a series of newsconference questions about France's impending surrender to the Communists in Indo-China. But even as Dwight Eisenhower spoke, there were sharp new illustrations that the key allies of the U.S. did not participate in this firm resolution.

In Geneva, self-shorn of any chance to drive a hard bargain, France was fashioning a settlement that could mean nothing but another...

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