Foreign News: Warm-Water Friendship

Fifteen years ago, when the Nazis and the Communists were such fine false friends, Stalin and Hitler agreed on the direction in which Russia really should expand: down towards the Persian Gulf. In looking southward, the Russian was echoing an ambition as old as Peter the Great's push for a warm-water port.

Last week, their expansion in Europe contained, the Russians were elbowing their way into the Middle East with a great display of interest. Commanding this new Soviet push are not Red Army marshals but propagandists and trade commissars with order books, credit...

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