COLD WAR: Decisions

Like a boulder dropped into a still pond, West Germany's historic decision at the polls stirred the stagnating surface of the Western alliance. "This decision," said Konrad Adenauer in his hour of triumph, "cannot fail to have its effect on other European countries . . . Europe will now come into being." Across the Rhine, the land of Germany's historic enemies and grudging allies was washed by the ripples. "It is high time for France to take stock of herself and make in peace the recovery she was able to make in 1914 in the midst of battle ..."...

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