Foreign News: Search for a Path

"We could start by a solemn pact of nonaggression." Of all the innumerable Communist proposals for settling East-West tensions, few have been more often repeated than this. Yet last week it was no Communist who said it, but a true-blue Tory—Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Said Macmillan in a broadcast to the nation: "It would do no harm. It might do good."

Macmillan coupled his dramatic proposal with many a cautionary clause. He warned against the emotional appeal of a nuclear disarmament pact that might leave the West "virtually defenseless before the greatly superior weight of Russian conventional arms." He pointed out...

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