THE NATIONS: To Hang Together

"Great events are happening," said Winston Churchill, who knows a great event when he sees one. Churchill was talking of last week's decisions in the West's cold war against Communism. The North Atlantic Council in London made a decision that lifted the West's alliance off its neat, stiff treaty paper and pushed it toward organizational reality. The council's communiqué spoke of "the creation of balanced collective forces in the progressive buildup of the defense of the North Atlantic area . . ."

In simple English, that meant a military division of labor. Instead of all major North Atlantic Treaty nations trying...

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