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Saturday, August 05, 2006

August 5, 1960: No Doubt About it, They Were the Enemy

"It is almost a year now since [Soviet Premier] Nikita Khrushchev visited this country, bombarded us with his oratory [and] complained about not being allowed to visit Disneyland.... At this point in history we suspect ... most Americans would welcome [another] visit from the Premier just a little more than a visitation from the plague. ...

"He would use the United Nations General Assembly as a world forum to publicize some flashy new propaganda proposal along the lines of his propagandistic "universal disarmament" speech last September. ...

"None of these prospects is particularly appetizing. But if he insists on coming to this city [New York] he should expect the iciest and most coldly correct of welcomes, as befits a man who delights in nothing so much as threatening to blow us up."

-- The New York Times, August 5, 1960