The Cold War: Strength in Disunity

In Moscow last week, Nikita Khrushchev not only waved his 50-megaton bomb and derided capitalism; he also crowed about "disunity" among the Western Allies. "Major contradictions divide the U.S.A. and Britain and other imperialist states," he said. "They appear both in NATO and in other aggressive blocs."

Khrushchev had a point—of sorts. There are indeed differences among the U.S., Britain, France and West Germany. They have been there for years, ruffling the sensitivities of statesmen and furnishing fodder for cartoonists. In the past they have concerned contributions to NATO, or arguments over colonialism or summitry or economic cooperation. But the alliance...

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