COMMUNISTS: The Cost of Murder

In his campaign to convince the world that Russia is out to ease international tensions, Nikita Khrushchev has displayed the sure timing of an expert con man and the insinuating patter of a carnival barker. Last week, in a single act of savagery, Khrushchev threw away the diplomatic fruits of all this patience and skill.

The executions of ex-Premier Imre Nagy, General Pal Maleter and two other lesser leaders of the Hungarian revolt were in wanton defiance of public pledges (see below) given by the puppet Communist government maintained by Russian tanks in...