COMMUNISTS: Defense First

Although European economic integration was stalled, the West had moved forward on a more immediately important front—Europe's military defense. Last week the Communists were shifting position in an effort to counter this Western gain.

In the first years after World War II, Moscow strategists assumed that the Red Army could roll almost unopposed to the Atlantic if they decided to take the great chance on World War III. But it might be more prudent to capture Western Europe through the ballot box. Accordingly, Western European Communist Parties concentrated on political drives to...

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