COLD WAR: Old Reliable

If it is possible to win time, to get even a short respite for organizational work, we must obtain it.

—Lenin

Expert opinion in the West, hesitant at first to make any judgments at all on the goings-on in the Kremlin, last week was hardening into a conclusion: that the new Soviet peace offensive primarily reflects and responds to internal stress. The men in the Kremlin do not want anyone rocking the boat—either from inside or out—until the scuffle in the wheelhouse is over.

The man chosen to lull the rest of the world,...

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