BRAZIL: Well Done!

At Rio's Santos Dumont Airport one morning last week, a hearty, smiling man with a grey mane and snapping eyes stepped out of his airplane and into the warmest welcome that a grateful nation could give a favorite son. Bands tooted, crowds cheered, and friends and relatives rushed forward to be crushed in his warm abraco (hug). Oswaldo Aranha, president of the General Assembly of the United Nations, was back home.

Before U.N., at many an inter-American conference and in dozens of crises, the quick-witted Brazilian had engineered the compromises that held the hemisphere together. He always knew how to break...

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