COLD WAR: The Problem Is Germany

The biggest issue in the cold war is Germany—whether to rearm it, how to unite it. For a month or more, Western diplomacy had been becalmed by inertia and irresolution, while the loosening lines of Soviet control in the East offered opportunity and threat. Last week the West stirred, and with some success.

Acting on the week-old advice of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, President Eisenhower dramatically offered $15 million worth of food to hungry Easy Germany, and gave the Reds a chance to refuse it. They did, calling the offer an "insult," and thereby stood convicted of condemning East...

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