THE NATIONS: You Don't Do That

In China, the U.S. State Department had chosen to wait "till the dust settles." In Iran, as one State Department official put it last week, State is waiting "for the air to clear." From Teheran, TIME Correspondent James Bell cabled:

"There must have been a moment in China when it became fully apparent that the West had had it. One day last week such a moment came in Teheran. Suddenly the consequences of Britain's policy of icy commercial hauteur and America's righteous paralysis were starkly obvious.

"It was nearly 7 p.m. on May...