Disarmament: Hobson's Choice

Over the past six months, before the 17-nation Disarmament Conference in Geneva, the West has argued that any agreement to halt nuclear weapons tests must include adequate provisions for inspection to ensure that neither side is cheating. Russia, which claims that inspection would amount to legalized espionage, has clung just as doggedly to its demand for an unpoliced moratorium, similar to the 34-month "gentleman's agreement" that was shattered by Soviet tests last fall.

Last week the West made its most determined effort yet to come to terms with the Soviet Union. The U.S. and Britain dramatically offered Nikita Khrushchev his...

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