THE AMERICAS: Toward a Moral Entity

We shall not see, nor the generation which follows us, the triumph of the America we are building.

The U.S. was rambunctiously bursting its boundaries to the West when South America's "Great Liberator," Simon Bolivar, wrote these words in 1822. Latin American countries all had grandiose ideas, a few had paper constitutions, many had military despots.

Last week foreign ministers of 21 republics representing 300,000,000 Americans opened consultative sessions, and a triumph—one that could at last vindicate Bolivar's Pan Americanism—was within their grasp.

The formal end in view was a hemisphere-wide rupture, diplomatic and...

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