Foreign News: Around the Doughnut Table

Ever since the League of Nations so spectacularly failed to make the world safe for democracy, Geneva has earned a reputation as a home of lost causes. Diplomats who acknowledge its convenience and its setting hate to be identified with its name. Among the hundreds of diplomats, sword bearers and aides, and the 1,174 newsmen who descended on the city last week, the prevailing mood seemed to be that the 15th Big Four conference since World War II was bound to be a meaningless inspection of knapsacks before a later trip to the summit.

As if to prove the point, the conference...

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