WESTERN EUROPE: Yes to Ourselves

Under the gilded ceiling of Paris' Palais du Luxembourg, where Napoleon came to ask fresh levies to send against the Austrians and the Prussians, where Clemenceau, vengeful "Tiger" of the Versailles Treaty, once brooded in the red velvet chairs, the French Senate this week declared an end to the French-German hostility that has been the central pivot of European history for 150 years.

Ironically, the West could thank the Communists for the promise of a new era. By their unfriendly acts the Communists had achieved what men of good will had been...

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