Chairman Khrushchev Pounds the Desk
On August 1, 1960, the hurricane first was sighted. Chairman Khrushchev proposed that the heads of states personally participate in the disarmament debate of the Assembly session that was scheduled to open September 20.
Since Mr. K. only three months earlier had torpedoed the long-prepared Paris summit in a display of calculated violence and rudeness that had shocked the world, the Western leaders cold-shouldered the bid. They judged that what he had in mind was a propaganda spectacle rather than serious negotiations.
The brush-off did not deter Khrushchev. He announced he was coming to the Assembly anyway as head of the Soviet delegation. The Communist party chiefs of East Europe promptly advised they would do the same. Experienced diplomats began to take hurricane precautions. The Muscovite leader sent out an appeal to the leaders of the Afro-Asian states to join him