International: Bristling

Like chicks flocking to the mother hen when the storm clouds gather, Russia's satellite leaders were coming to Moscow for encouragement—and for gold, food, arms, war matériel—as the two worlds on either side of the Stettin-Trieste line braced themselves.

Polish President Boleslaw Bierut led his seven-man delegation (including no representative of Stanislaw Mikolajczk's Peasant Party) from their plane in Moscow, stepped to a microphone to say, "Long live the indestructible friendship of the Polish and Soviet peoples."

In the negotiations that followed, Russia promised to finance military equipment for Polish armies and to speed up food shipments to Poland. The loan followed...