The Struggle for Algeria

The Struggle for Algeria

The Struggle for Algeria

The Struggle for Algeria

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A MELTING glacier issues in countless trickles, not a single river. So with the thaw in the Cold War. Before its onset, Moscow and Washington were twin poles of power around which the rest of the world clustered as satellites or client states. Now Paris, Bonn, Warsaw, Belgrade, Cairo, Baghdad, New Delhi, Djakarta, Rabat, Mexico City, Ottawa, and Rangoon are all independent centers of authority. London pushes an unwilling America toward the summit; Peiping restrains an eager Russia. Bandung and Accra are as much at the summit as Geneva. For better or worse, there has occurred a fragmentation of the diplomatic field. But is it for better or worse?

For better would surely have been the universal answer not many years ago. In their own eyes and in those of most of the rest of the world, Russia and America were grotesque monsters--"the elephant and the whale." Young, huge, and pulsing with energy, they were accused of being materialistic, hence crude and insensitive; and doctrinaire, hence inflexible and insensitive. Both were supposed to be in the hands of oversized . . .

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