Last week's events in Moscow, London and Washington made it plain that the "United Nations" were simply not ready for a world security conference.

Everywhere the climate of opinion abruptly changed: some pessimists even doubted that the conference would open on schedule (April 25) in San Francisco, and the hopes for what it might accomplish steadily lessened. In part, this depression was the result of a belated awakening to the actual, power-political nature of the Dumbarton Oaks scheme for world security. But the news that the Russians were sending a second-rate delegation, that the Big Three had been finagling with the...

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