CZECHOSLOVAKIA has twice been in need of the world's help when threatened by the aggressiveness of its neighbors. Help did not come when Hitler dismembered the country in 1938 or when the Russians organized a Communist coup in 1948. Last week Czechoslovakia's 14,300,000 citizens found themselves in a desperate situation once again, faced with a massive threat to their independence from the Soviet Union and its hard-lining allies. Despite verbal pledges of support from some of its Communist neighbors and muted cheers from the West, the country knew from experience that, whatever happened,...

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