United Nations: The Propaganda Forum

Past the 104 white flagpoles outside the United Nations building last week rolled a fleet of limousines delivering diplomats to an autumn rite as familiar and often as shrill as the first day of school: the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. Settling down to business, the delegates welcomed the U.N.'s four newest members-Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Rwanda, and Burundi—whose admission boosted Assembly membership to 108; Algeria and Uganda will be up for admittance later in the session.

Then the wrangling began.

In his opening speech, U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson expressed the hope...

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