TIME Correspondent Stephen Laird, returning to the U.S. from Britain last week, gave a London's-eye view of world trends:

From what we in London have seen and heard in the past six months, these assumptions seem sound:

¶ This is a war of Great Powers; they make the decisive military and political decisions.

¶ The victorious Great Powers will determine the peace and the world's fate.

¶ The Atlantic Charter is nice, but it does not offer much competition to power politics. The little nations, the way things are going now, will have to fit themselves 1) into an overall pattern agreed on...

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