MIDDLE EAST: Stopping Small Wars

At the very moment U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjold started his delicate peacemaking mission in the Middle East, the U.S. gave him a tremendous boost on his way. In a pivotal policy statement issued last week at Augusta, Ga., President Eisenhower pledged "support in the fullest measure" for Hammarskjold and for the whole principle of working through U.N. to prevent a new Palestine war. With such emphatic backing, as well as a mandate from the U.N. Security Council, Hammarskjold went into action last week clothed with far greater authority than that of a skilled international bureaucrat trying to be helpful. The...

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