Excerpts from an address delivered by Professor Eric Stein on April 10, 1968 at the University of Chicago Law School under the sponsorship of the Norman Wait Harris Committee and based on a study which was published in 62 American Journal of International Law 577-640 (July 1968).
Our able Ambassador to France, Charles E. Bohlen, who just recently relinquished his post in Paris, has said before a Senate Committee that the withdrawal of France from the NATO integrated commands was "probably the most serious event in European history since the end of the war." When we weigh this assessment we might keep in mind the wise observation by Alexis de Tocqueville. "I am tempted to think," wrote de Tocqueville, "that what we call essential institutions are often only the institutions to which we are accustomed, and that where the pattern of society is concerned, the range of possibilities is far wider than the men living in this society imagine." Yet there is little question that the French move was a significant development in postwar Europe.
France and NATO: Law and Peaceful Change,
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