United Nations Peace on the March

With the U.N. regaining stature, the U.S. ends a long financial siege

It began as a monument to postwar idealism, but for more than a decade the United Nations has been repeatedly condemned as a cockpit of Third World radicalism and bureaucratic waste. Few critics have been more severe than the U.S., which for the past three years has put a squeeze on the 159-member organization by withholding most of its $215 million annual dues as part of a campaign to force reform. Thus the turnaround could hardly have been more dramatic last week, when the Reagan Administration reversed the policy that had made it the world organization's biggest debtor. "The U.N. is...

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