UNITED NATIONS: Elemental Force

In the space of 30 minutes last week, Dwight Eisenhower recaptured for the U.S. great tracts of lost diplomatic ground. Before the President made his U.N. speech (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), the U.S. had drifted into bootless "You're another" exchanges with Russia and Egypt—exchanges from which all parties emerged somewhat soiled. After Ike's speech the U.S. again stood clearly before the world, not as a spokesman for the Middle Eastern status quo, good or bad, but as a power devoted to orderly international evolution. In the process, the half-convincing Soviet picture of the U.S. and Britain as an "aggressor" in...

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