International: Toward a New Beachhead

Capt. Harold E. Stassen, of Minnesota and the U.S. Navy, did more than raise the level of debate; he presented a specific framework within which the atom could be considered as a world problem.

He listed three possible alternatives, rejected two of them: i) a policy of all-out "secrecy and suppression" would make the U.S. Government authoritarian, restrict science and research, stimulate a disastrous race for atomic power; 2) open-handed sharing of all U.S. knowledge, and unbridled reliance on good faith, would be equally disastrous. Said Stassen: "All of history says that good faith alone is not sufficient for peaceful relationships between...

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