BLOCKADE: Oil for the Jets of China

The order flashed from Washington to U.S. embassies halfway around the world: stop the Wiima. A grimy Finnish tanker loaded at the Rumanian oil port of Constantsa the Wiima was en route for Red China with 7,000 tons of aviation kerosene—enough fuel to give Communist MIG jets over 5,000 flying hours.

Asking Red Rumania to halt the Wiima at dockside was pointless. So the U.S. turned to Finland, whose government dislikes Communism but fears to show it too openly. The Finns bravely promised that no more fuel oil will be shipped to Red...

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