UNITED NATIONS: Selective Universality

When Daniel Patrick Moynihan was named the new American Ambassador to the U.N. three months ago, some diplomats braced themselves for the arrival of a real ogre. It was Moynihan, after all, who, having just wound up a two-year tour as U.S. Ambassador to India, wrote a controversial article urging the U.S. to quit kowtowing to the Third World. Instead of apologizing for America's "imperfect democracy," he said, the U.S. should take a tough stand toward the new nations, especially their tendency to band together with the Communist countries in anti-Western positions.

Once Moynihan moved into his office on the...

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