For 72 hours last week the world hovered on a brink—not the brink of war but a rare opportunity to take the plunge toward peace.

The U.S. was not satisfied with its negative propaganda victory of the week before—compelling Russia to withdraw its U.N. charge that U.S. bomber flights were a "threat to peace." Now, accenting the positive, Henry Cabot Lodge went before the U.N. Security Council with a proposal to open the top of the world above the Arctic Circle to international inspection to guard against surprise aerial or missile attack. There...

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