Communists: Closer to a Final Split

When Russia and Red China began their war of words, the rest of the world first watched and listened in stunned surprise. The surprise has since given way to an almost hypnotic fascination with the steady rise in the intensity of invective. At the same time, the language of Sino-Soviet polemic has steadily declined, on Red China's part at least, from occasionally elegant barbs to the basest vulgarities—far worse than the most acrimonious exchanges between Communists and capitalists.

For the third straight week, the Soviet embassy in Peking was besieged by Red Guards who cried: "Hit them, kick them, destroy the...

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