Interview with Cyrus Vance

Did you have a sense personally of how he was feeling about yet another city going up in flames?


Obviously it was a matter of great concern and indeed agony to him to see what was happening to one of our cities. I think he was worrying also if this wasn't brought under control, not only would there be, ah, devastation and, ah, ah, damage done in this city but that it might spread to other cities throughout the country. And, therefore, this was in a way a test case as to whether we could handle this kind of civil violence. And, ah, that was a matter of, ah, great moment to him.