THE NATION: The Truce of the Bear

When he stands up like a tired man, tottering near and near;

When he stands up as pleading, in wavering, man-brute guise,

When he veils the hate and cunning of his little swinish eyes;

When he shows as seeking quarter, with paws like hands in prayer,

That is the time of peril—the time of the Truce of the Bear!

Some of Rudyard Kipling's mood overtook U.S. military men as they warily watched the steel-shod paws of Communism outstretched. Harry Truman warned: "We cannot yet be sure ... It is still too early to say what they have in mind." In Korea, General Van Fleet...

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