Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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Before the Soviet hurricane hit, Hammarskjold had been warned by a high Soviet official it was coming and encouraged to hold tight and ride it out. But the unexpectedly personal nature of the Soviet attack, especially the shocking effort to link him with the assassination of Lumumba, made it highly unlikely that even if before the autumn of 1962 when new elections for the post of Secretary-General will be held, there were a 180- degree shift in Soviet policy, it would encompass a reconciliation between Hammarskjold and the Soviet leaders.

If he refused to resign after the Soviet withdrawal of confidence, it was out of a sense of responsibility to the Organization and a determination to protect and preserve the executive prerogatives of the office which he held and which he had so carefully nurtured.

This, along with carrying the Congo operation through to a

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