United Nations: Until Hell Freezes Over

In an incongruous interlude, U.N. delegates gathered in their auditorium last week to celebrate the 17th United Nations Day. The program: Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, played by the touring Leningrad Philharmonic. Before the concert, a grim joke made the rounds, to the effect that the Leningrad orchestra had canceled and President Kennedy had sent in the U.S. Marine Band from Guantanamo. In the corridors, there was much self-conscious gallows humor. A diplomat would say, "See you tomorrow — if there is a tomorrow." Or "Uganda will be admitted to the U.N. Thursday—if there is a Thursday."

There was both a tomorrow...

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