Nation: Bending over Backward

Carter tries to make friends

Skilled sharpshooters tightened their grips on telescopic-sighted rifles atop the terminal at Cologne-Bonn airport as Air Force One flew out of clear skies on its 7½-hour flight from Washington. Soldiers with submachine guns crouched behind sandbags near the runways. In Bonn itself, some 15,000 police officers, including 900 plainclothesmen, took up fixed positions or mingled with crowds. The security troops were, in fact, more numerous than any assembly of civilian spectators who turned out to see Jimmy Carter on his first presidential visit to the West German capital.

The police precautions were prompted by West Germany's concern over...

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