United Nations: Conscience v. Convenience

Three months ago the U.S. risked the displeasure of its NATO allies by supporting an Afro-Asian resolution in the U.N. Security Council calling for an investigation of Portugal's police action in Angola. The expected reaction ranged from cool disapproval in London and Paris to violent attacks on the U.S. in Lisbon and Luanda. Last week the U.S. again chose to stand on its anticolonial convictions even at the risk of embarrassing a European ally.

The issue was a Security Council resolution inspired by 42 Afro-Asian states, demanding that Portugal "desist forthwith from repressive measures" in Angola and take "immediate steps" toward...

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