THE NATIONS: The Serfs Are Pleased

As usual, Nikita Khrushchev had a proverb handy. "We have a saying, 'When the lords are fighting, the serfs are bleeding.' It is incomprehensible that small countries would suffer if relations among the great powers improve."

In this characteristically homely fashion, the boss of all the Russias correctly gauged the prevalent opinion the world over to the news of the home-and-home visits between the Big Twosome.

Khrushchev himself had rarely bubbled so with glee. A half dozen times in the past year, he had hinted at, demanded and cajoled visitors for an invitation to the U.S., and now that he had it,...

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