BELGIUM: Century's Bargain

Active, intelligent Paul Henri Spaak Belgium's Foreign Minister, concluded last week what has already been called "the political bargain of the century" After the Treaty of Versailles, Belgium, which for centuries had been ravaged by the wars of others, pinned her faith in collective security. Since then Belgians have seen the League fumble and haggle while Dictator Mussolini walked into Ethiopia; they have watched Dictator Hitler's Storm Troops calmly goosestep into the demilitarized Rhineland zone (TIME, March 16, 1936), and France form a pact with godless Stalin (TIME, May 13, 1935) whom Belgians, most of them devout Roman Catholics,...

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