The War: Pygmies All

Saying nyet for perhaps the thousandth time, Moscow once again disappointed the nonaligned and Western statesmen who cling to the chimerical notion that Russia would help mediate a peace in Viet Nam.

After a four-day series of talks last week with Kremlin officials aimed at promoting a "conference of all governments concerned," British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart finally conceded: "The present Soviet attitude does not at present seem to open a door." The Russian position, said Stewart, is that it has no authority to intervene.

That nicety has not hindered the Russians' flow of war supplies to Hanoi. Indeed, far from...

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