Czechoslovakia: Shifting Symbols

During Czechoslovakia's "springtime of freedom," First Party Secretary Alexander Dubcek was the symbol of the country's new liberal spirit. Now, in the winter of its agony, Dubcek has increasingly become the symbol of compromise and collaboration. Bending to the will of his Soviet overlords, how ever reluctantly, Dubcek has moved into the forefront of those who are shaping the country's return to stern Communist orthodoxy.

Last week the Communist Party Presidium issued a warning to the Czechoslovak people admonishing them to refrain from all forms of dissent against the regime or the Soviet occupiers. Otherwise, as...

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