Communists: Barraged Balloon

One danger in launching a trial bal loon is that the balloonist may get caught up in the mooring cables and carried aloft. Just that sort of aerial accident befell Russia's Leonid Brezhnev and his Bulgarian allies last week.

Speaking before 80 Communist Party delegations in Sofia, Bulgarian Party Boss Todor Zhivkov declared that "conditions are ripening" for a conference ,of all loyal Leninists to read Red China out of Communist society. Added Brezhnev: "The leaders of China are more and more submitting their policy to narrow nationalist aims."

The idea of a formal excommunication ceremony to isolate Red China...

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