THE ALLIES: When Free Men Talk

Ringing phrases about defending Berlin made the headlines from NATO's Ministerial Council meeting in Paris last week. "We cannot abandon the 2,500,000 people of West Berlin," said NATO Secretary General Paul-Henri Spaak, "without preparing the way for surrender in Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and all the way across Europe."

On this the allies were agreed, and if they had little idea of what to do next, their unanimity was real. The West Germans quit believing that the British were a little too ready to negotiate with Russia; the British no longer thought...

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