Foreign News: Facts & a Symbol

Out of the tumult and shouting in the Formosa Strait last week, two facts came clear. One was that the U.S. and Nationalist China could not assure the supply of beleaguered Quemoy without massive ae rial bombardment of Red artillery positions on the Chinese mainland. The other was that, for all their bluster, the Chinese Communists could not hope to capture Quemoy by direct assault in the teeth of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

For propaganda purposes, the rulers of the Communist world chose to overlook the reality of this standoff. Each time units of...

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