THE NATION: Two Islands Apart

On the whole globe there can hardly be two more intrinsically negligible pieces of real estate than Quemoy and Matsu, a pair of barren islands off the China coast. Yet history has an old trick of throwing its spotlight on obscure spots and thereby illuminating vast, half-hidden conflicts.

In a speech last week (see below), Secretary of State Dulles, without naming the islands, clarified the U.S. position on Quemoy and Matsu. What he said was simple, almost trite: he warned the Communists again that if they persisted in regarding these islands as stepping stones to Formosa, and if they attacked...

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