Foreign News: The Value of Vagueness

If compromise is the essence of politics, the proceedings on the East River last week constituted a memorable display of the art. In the great hall where the General Assembly meets, in corridors, in the delegates' cocktail lounge and at lunch tables, some of the world's leading statesmen cautiously felt their way toward a formula that would allow everybody to emerge from the Mideast crisis with dignity intact.

The process began when Dwight Eisenhower, going beyond mere denunciation of "indirect aggression," advanced positive economic and political proposals. Scarcely had Ike finished speaking, when...

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