The World: Trying to Cap a Hot Volcano

"I am sitting on top of a volcano," said India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi before leaving London last week, "and I honestly do not know if it is going to erupt." The volcano is the menacing, brink-of-war situation on the borders of India and Pakistan, brought about by the civil conflict that has ravaged East Pakistan since last March and sent nearly 10 million refugees flooding into India. To cap the volcano before it strained India's economy beyond its limits or led to all-out war, Mrs. Gandhi was pinning her hopes on the U.S.

There was more than a little irony in...

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