IDEOLOGIES: Only Is a Big Word

The Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, where UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) convened last week, contained memorials, by name or statue, to such disparate pairs as Pascal and Descartes, Richelieu and Voltaire, whose conflicting thoughts had been merged (more or less) in the stream of French culture. Next day UNESCO moved to its regular quarters in the battered old Hotel Majestic (now UNESCO House), where it beheld another reminder that conflict sometimes ends in union: the room was dominated by a Gobelin tapestry, The Wounded Poms Being Taken...

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