One night last week Andrei Vishinsky, Russian-Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, strode into the paneled, tapestried chamber of Paris' Palace of Justice where Pétain and Laval were tried for treason. For two hours he spoke on "Principles of Soviet Law" to a group of 200 French Resistance lawyers and their families.
Vishinsky turned his attention to "democracy." "Many people love democracy but do not know how to defend it. They take democracy for a lovely lady instead of seeing it as a vigorous comrade."
His listeners soon learned how vigorous a comrade Vishinsky had in mind:
"Democracy is sometimes called the dictatorship of...