THE NATION: Soldier's Talk

The statesman of the week was a trench-coated soldier with a hand grenade taped to his shoulder harness. Almost from the moment the truce talks started in "neutral" Kaesong, General Matt Ridgway had chafed under a sense of an intolerable situation. The choice was to accept a long-drawn-out negotiation and daily humiliation, or to force a showdown.

The issue came to its sticking point on a dirt road to Kaesong, where Communist soldiers with Tommy guns halted a U.N. convoy because it included a truckload of reporters. That was but an incident. The...

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