THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Beauty of Freedom

There are only two important forces in the affairs of men, Napoleon once said. One is the sword and the other the spirit, and "in the long run, the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." A diplomat recalled that observation after watching the Soviets in Vienna. Old, wondering men, slow of body and even of wit, moved through the ceremonial rituals, letting everyone know without meaning to that their search for legitimacy is based on brute force. They seem worried about their position, far more than we appreciate.

No hard data from the Vienna summit will prove that,...

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