THE NATIONS: Dream of the Wise

Just as Stalin's aggressiveness inspired the birth of NATO in 1949, Khrushchev's aggressiveness was defeating its own purposes in Western Europe in 1960. On both sides of the English Channel last week, a post-summit reappraisal of power realities was subtly nudging forward the prickly cause of European unity.

"An Imposing Confederation." The pace was set, in majestic phrases, by the leader most often accused of undermining allied unity. In a television report to the French people on the summit fiasco, Charles de Gaulle declared: "France intends as far as she is concerned to be ready to defend...

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