Foreign Relations: World Opinion

Why should my liberty be determined by another man's scruples?

—Paul to the Corinthians

In the long history of American foreign policy, no thought has weighed more heavily upon the U.S. than the Jeffersonian injunction to pay "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind"—a respect that the U.S. has always hoped mankind would return. But last week, in Belgrade, the leaders of 25 neutral nations, calling themselves "the conscience of mankind," issued a formal statement with the predictable condemnations of Western colonialism—and not one word of direct censure for the Soviet...

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