THE COLD WAR: The Decisive Advance

The West German Bundestag last week voted 314 to 157 for German rearmament within the Atlantic Alliance. It was not the last word, for the French and German Upper Houses have still to be heard from, but it was the decisive advance toward the long-debated, often-despaired-of goal of lining up the West Germans with the West. Both sides in the cold war had labeled the German vote a point of no return, and the Communists threatened retribution should the decision go against them. But in a speech fortnight ago, Foreign Minister Molotov...

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