This week, 26 years to the day after the League of Nations, brave in its new motley, took its first bow, a bright and gaudy United Nations calliope will call the faithful to order in London.
Drafty Central Hall, Westminster, was all spruced up for the meeting. Its walls had been painted a chaste cream; new fawn carpets had been laid. In approved conference formation, 40-foot-long refectory tables, each of which would seat three delegations, were ready for the delegates of the 51 convening nations.
The Americans and French will put up at swank Claridge's, the Russians in their own Embassy in...