Foreign News: The Answer Is Independence

During Dag Hammarskjold's swift peacemaking mission to the Middle East last week, somebody in Beirut, who knew he was coming, baked him a cake. Presented at the presidential palace, the cake bore these words: "United Nations Save Lebanon." Commented the world's No. 1 international civil servant: "Only the Lebanese can save Lebanon."

The conflict that threatened to destroy Lebanon—and to embroil the U.S.—was not exactly total war. In Beirut harbor, water skiing, yachting and bikini bathing went on unabated last week. The curfew's chief effect on the diplomatic set was to move up cocktail...

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