World: COPING WITH NEW REALITIES IN EUROPE

As the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia entered its third week, the political and military leaders of the West began to grapple with the hard truth that many of their old assumptions and priorities no longer applied. The Soviet Union reacted angrily last week to the U.S. State Department's judgment that the events of August had drastically altered the balance of power in Europe. The U.S., said Pravda, was merely warmongering. The fact is, however, that the balance of power has indeed been dangerously tipped by the massive infusion of Soviet troops and tanks into Central Europe at a point where NATO...