BULGARIA: Premeditated Disaster

In the 42 years since Bulgaria declared her independence of Turkey, the Turkish minority in Bulgaria has lived peaceably. They are hard-shell Moslems, but they get along with their Christian neighbors, stay out of politics.

Last week Bulgaria's Turks were the bewildered victims in a typical Communist game of mischiefmaking. Their troubles began Aug. 10, when the Sofia government brusquely demanded that within 90 days Turkey admit 250,000 Bulgars of Turkish descent.

Among possible motives of Bulgaria's Communist government were: 1) a horde of homeless, propertyless refugees, arriving as winter began, would...

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