International: Strains & Scuffles

Sometimes the U.S. and its European partners get so busy with their own noisy spats, shufflings and disappointments that they fail to hear the scuffling on the other side of the Iron Curtain. But last week, in the aftermath of Czechoslovakia's Slansky trial, the scuffling could be plainly heard, and louder than usual.

Four years ago the Communists resolved to turn their seven East European satellites from what was once Europe's granary into Russia's arsenal. This was the Molotov Plan, to counter the Marshall Plan, and it got a bureaucratic name: KOMEKON.† The goal...

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