For eight years Czech Social Democratic Leader Bohumil Lausman kept asking himself where he belonged. He wandered between the East and the West, between his allegiances to political democracy and to Marxist economics. Like thousands of other Socialists and Liberals, he kept trying to reconcile the two and kept failing.

Last week, four years after he chose the West and fled there to refuge, Radio Prague was proudly reporting that Bohumil Lausman had changed his mind and come home to Red Czechoslovakia. To all wavering Czechs the radio announcer trumpeted Lausman's words:...

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