United Nations: The Sensible 16th

When the U.N.'s 16th General Assembly opened last fall, it seemed headed for disaster. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was dead, and in sight of his empty chair on the Assembly podium, the Russians fought week after week to destroy the post he had occupied. Then came the savage Katanga war, in which U.N. forces fought to put down Moise Tshombe's rebellion against the Congo's central government—a conflict in which many felt that the U.N. had no business taking part. Many of the new Afro-Asian nations, which now made up nearly half of the...

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