He has been on the job longer than anybody else, and he sounds tired and discouraged. Last week, eleven months before his second five-year term is to expire, United Nations Secretary-General U Thant announced: "I have no intentions whatsoever of serving beyond the present term." There was little doubt that Thant, who turned 62 last week, meant what he said. The question was, who could succeed him?

Few Candidates. The problem is not that Thant is so peerless an administrator, statesman or anything else—far from it. It is rather that there are few...

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