The Nation: The Chess of Ending a War

THE script seemed once more to be playing out with the inevitability of Greek theater. Again a chorus of dissenters in the Washington spring, again the President before reporters and television cameras, explaining, in the tenth year of the Viet Nam War, that he could not be moved by demonstrators' passions. Both sides, as always, clung to their own higher logic—the protesters to the rights of humanity beyond all political or even practical considerations, the President to his responsibilities to a larger design for peace ("Not just for us, but for our children, their children"). But for all the ritual quality...

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