UNITED NATIONS: A Turn of the Road

The United Nations, once dismissed as that debating society on the East River, last week saved the Congo from collapse. With order breaking down, with Belgian paratroopers and mutinous Congolese troops at deadly loggerheads, the U.N. swiftly put together a force that stemmed the slide toward chaos. It was the U.N.'s finest hour, the greatest accomplishment in its short, 15-year history.

The man chiefly responsible for converting the U.N. from an ineffectual sounding board into an effective force for international order is Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, 55. Son of a Swedish Prime Minister and scion of one of Sweden's most famous...

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