Treaties: And Now, 37 Years Later...

And Now, 37 Years Later...

Harry Truman was in the White House, Old Glory had just 48 stars, and the Dodgers were still Brooklyn's beloved Bums when the international treaty outlawing genocide was first sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification in 1949. In the intervening years, every American President except Dwight D. Eisenhower has endorsed the pact, and 96 nations, including the Soviet Union, have confirmed it. Last week the Senate finally approved the treaty by a vote of 83 to 11. Said Majority Leader Robert Dole: "We have waited too long to delay further."

The accord, drafted with U.S. help following the Nazi Holocaust,...

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