WESTERN EUROPE: Putting on the Roof

In Paris this week, the builders of the West's defenses gathered about the scaffolding, rolled up their sleeves and hurried to put the roof on the achievement of the London conference before it is struck by icy gales from Moscow or by damp rot from within.

The signal to start work in earnest was given by the French National Assembly, which agreed by a surprising 3 to 1 to the principle of rearming West Germany. Though not France's final fiat, the Assembly vote gave the West fair hope that by next spring the first West German soldiers will march into...

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