THE NATION: Invoking Moral Force

While British and French troops moved to the alert in the tense Suez Canal crisis, the U.S. last week took a firm stand for moderation. In one of the most unusual gambles in diplomatic history, the President and the Secretary of State proposed to confront Egypt's President Nasser with the pressures of moral law, then stood back to await the consequences.

Flying home from conferences with the British and French in London (see FOREIGN NEWS), Dulles radiotelephoned to the White House a request to report to the nation on the crisis. Seven hours after touchdown, he sat before the TV...

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