THE SOFT LINE: Ola Proposals Get a Respectlul New Hearing

THE 15 NATO powers are in Paris to meet one logical, overriding need: to preserve the deterrent military-political power that has kept the cold war cold, built a military foundation for West European prosperity. The new threat: Sputnik and the Soviet experimental intercontinental ballistic missile. The new military response: deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles in closeup NATO bases around the Russian heartland.

The Soviet .Union's Marshal Bulganin fired off his 15-page let's-be-reasonable letters to the NATO leaders last week (see FOREIGN NEWS) to meet another logical, overriding need: to head off any new NATO sense of urgency, stall the new...

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