THE NATIONS: Regional Organization

With the Russians, politics came first.

Early last week, amid ceremonial vodka-pouring, Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov signed a 20-year treaty of alliance with Soviet puppet Hungary. Exultantly he proclaimed: this is the last link in the barrier against the imperialist states. "The Soviet Union now has pacts with all the states on its western frontier—from the Black Sea to the Baltic."

An even better indication of how chesty the Reds felt became apparent, later in the week, in Czechoslovakia. It was clear that the Russians, while screaming about a Western Bloc, had completed an Eastern Bloc of their own. Did the...

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