AMERICAN NOTES: No Peace on Earth

The day before Thanksgiving, Gerald Ford said: "I'm primarily thankful for the fact that this country is at peace." Ford should be able to express similar thanks this Christmas.

Though there is no major international war now, a number of minor and civil conflicts are disturbing the peace. British and Icelandic gunboats are standing by to defend disputed cod fishing rights in the North Atlantic. Lebanon and Angola seethe with civil war. Indonesia presses its offensive against the Portuguese colony of East Timor. Argentina is plagued with terrorism. The occasions, technology and stratagems of war continue to multiply; the rudiments...

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