Nation: MIDWAY MEETING: THE PERILS OF PEACE

ASIDE from its symbolic location in mid-Pacific, the tiny atoll of Midway has little to recommend it as a meeting place for heads of state. At this time of year, the heat and humidity are almost unbearable. Overfriendly gooney birds create a hazard by flocking to greet incoming aircraft. Limited facilities bar a prolonged palaver—unless the visitors are willing to bunk down in a spartan Navy barracks.

Originally, South Viet Nam's President Thieu requested a session with President Nixon in Washington. Secretary of State William Rogers, on a visit to Saigon, suggested a rendezvous halfway. The danger of antiwar demonstrations, at least,...

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