THE HEMISPHERE: Storm over the Americas

The First Secretary of the Chilean Embassy in Washington was giving a cocktail party. The talk was of Virginia hams and the weather. Suddenly a young reporter spilled his Scotch & water into a girl's lap. Wailed the girl: "What a mess!'' Said Host Fernando Ortuzar, who had been looking elsewhere: "Which mess, madam, London or Argentina?''

International relations were just about as touchy in the Americas as they were in Europe. They worsened last week when the U.S. State Department abruptly caused postponement of the Inter-American Conference on Peace and Security,...

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