Bulgaria used to be the crossroads of Germany's Drang nach Osten and Russia's drive toward the Dardanelles.

Because Bulgaria was a poor guesser, and lined up with Germany in two world wars, it has become more of a Russian springboard than a crossroads. Last week Great Britain tacitly acknowledged Bulgaria's new alignment: London recognized (although Washington did not) the Communist-dominated government of oldtime Comintern Boss Georgi Dimitrov.

Although the Red Army was preparing to leave Bulgaria soon, Moscow was not taking chances on any bad Bulgarian guessing in the future. Thirty thousand Russian settlers had already moved into Bulgaria, and...

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