GREECE: Plans & Fears

About once a week, the Greek government declares all-out war on the Communist guerrillas. But last week, Greece's 88-year-old Premier, Themistocles Sophoulis, seemed grimmer than usual. He signed an emergency decree empowering the government to requisition houses and factories, conscript any man or woman, including doctors and nurses. Nightclubs were closed. Execution of some 1,500 jailed and condemned rebels got going in earnest.

The government was planning a spring offensive. The great fear was that "General" Markos Vafiades, the rebel cornmander, would attack first, knocking the government campaign off balance. In Washington, the State Department heard that a ragtag "international...

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