The U.N.'s Third General Assembly closed last week on a note of hope. It took credit for the fact that its soothing, pale-green lounge had provided a common meeting ground for the U.S.'s Philip Jessup and Russia's Jakov Malik when they began negotiating the Berlin blockade's end. Actually the job the Assembly had done was middling. It had (among other things) admitted Israel to U.N.; defeated a Latin American motion to lift the diplomatic boycott of Spain; again asked the Big Five to curb their veto. Perhaps the most significant measure—though it...

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