ATOMIC AGE: The Inflexibles

In his desire for an immediate showdown vote on the U.S. plan for atomic control, Bernard Baruch last week found a majority of the twelve nations in the U.N.'s Atomic Energy Commission against him. Thereupon, after months of inflexible diplomacy, he made his first concession.

When Baruch, with visible pride in his role, launched his plan last June, he seemed to have the whole non-Soviet world with him. But it soon became apparent that the A.E.C. was not getting anywhere. The Russians put up a plan of their own (completely unsatisfactory to the West), and simply dug in behind it. The...

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