THE COMING TESTS WITH RUSSIA by Lippmann

THE COMING TESTS WITH RUSSIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the of some face to face interviews with Khrushchev Lippmann reported, in this series of essays, the conclusions at which he arrived. He feels that no longer does the Soviet believe that the U.S. and Germany might attack, but that disarmament is unlikely while is in charge; he does believe that the Western powers are unready for an agreement on nuclear testing since there are, he says, ""no neutral men"". Lippmann feels that Khrushchev is adamant now, and only as long as, the Soviet Union has a veto. The small wars the revolutionary ferments- are for him merely an interesting side issue, not a cause for going to war (Laos, Cuba, etc.). But his demands in relation to Berlin are still the big problem, his feeling of urgency to consolidate the Communist East German State before West Germany is rearmed must be recognized and dealt with. In view of the current interest in the meeting between President Kennedy and Mr. Khrushchev, it is important to consider Mr. Lippmann's conclusions:- that Khrushchev will sign a separate peace treaty if he cannot get his way and that his decision as to whether the question is resolved by negotiation or a showdown depends on the increase or decrease of supplying nuclear arms to West Berlin. The thought is a sobering one.

Pub Date: July 12th, 1961
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.