THE NATION: Opportunity

Thoughout a decade of cold war, the non-communist world has been divided on a key question. What is the best way to deal with the Communists? From a demanding position of strength? Or from a purely defensive position of conciliation? Last week, as the West welcomed a rearmed Germany into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a clear answer came through the Iron Curtain. In the face of the new display of Western unity and strength, the Communists were reacting almost desperately to Western initiative.

The Red reaction took several forms. After ten...

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