THE NATION: A Dreadful Price

A somber stillness dropped over the paddies of Tonkin, and an anxious peace settled over the world. For the first time in almost a quarter of a century,*there was no large-scale war on the planet. But it was a tenuous peace, bought at a dreadful price.

At Geneva the Communists got precisely what they sought: a vast slice of Indo-China, and a stance from which to take the rest, plus formal recognition of their military conquests and time to do their further will. In the closing hours at Geneva, it was apparent that the Communists wanted peace as desperately as...

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