It is becoming ever clearer that the U.S. committed a tragic blunder last August in allowing the Reds to put up their wall through Berlin—and thus to win a test of strength with the West. The fact that the Wall has by now become the most familiar landmark in Berlin only makes the situation more poignant. Last week James Bell, TIME bureau chief in Germany, toured the 25-mile barrier. His report:

THIS crude grey parapet is no proper wall at all. It is an unsymmetrical thing, uncouth and raw, like a wound made by a...

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