By formally lining up Spain in their anti-Comintern Pact last fortnight, Italy and Germany welded an iron ring around France. Last week France and her ally, Britain, struck back by beginning at long last to forge an even bigger one around the Axis powers. Europe had not been so close to a general war since an armistice was declared to the last one, November 11, 1918.

In seven days of swift diplomatic action, punctuated by movements of men and ships, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Premier Edouard Daladier: 1) committed their Governments to...

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