World: Nikita, the Devil & the Ballplayer

As if rehearsing his invective for the big Party Congress, Nikita Khrushchev chose U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith as target for Moscow's crudest and weirdest verbal blockbuster of the week. What angered the Russian was Republican Smith's Sept. 21 Senate speech chiding Democrat John F. Kennedy for "turning to emphasis on conventional weapons" when the U.S. needs to increase its nuclear superiority over Russia. Khrushchev's reply went to Britain's former Defense Minister Emanuel Shinwell and 58 other Labor M.P.s who had urged Russia to stop nuclear testing.

Roared Nikita: "Who can remain calm and indifferent to such provocative statements made in the...

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