SOOTHSAYERS: Replies to a Loud Whisper

On the subject about which most Americans are whispering most loudly—the danger of war between Russia and the western Allies—two authorities spoke reassuringly last week.

Said a diplomat just assigned to Washington from Eastern Europe, a man who knows Russia more intimately than almost any other person in the U.S.: U.S.Soviet relations are a very hard and very ugly problem. The pessimism in so many minds ("Has collaboration with Russia proved impossible?" and "When are we going to war with Russia?") is the result of disillusionment after false hopes.

Russia has a dual personality consisting of: 1) great eagerness to...

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