Greece: Recognizing Realities

Whether loved or not, the junta led by Colonel-turned-Premier George Papadopoulos has proved two crucial facts beyond doubt: 1) it exercises absolute control over Greece and 2) it is able to do so without the blessing of exiled King Constantine. In recognition of those realities, 13 nations, including the U.S., Britain and the Soviet Union, last week resumed normal relations with the Papadopoulos government.

That ended the diplomatic boycott that foreign nations had imposed on the Athens regime since King Constantine fled to Rome last December after his abortive coup. From now...