World: WHY DID THEY DO IT?

AH astonishing as the events of the week were, they were no more mysterious than the motives and timing of the men who triggered them in Moscow. One of the real dramas of the invasion of Czechoslovakia took place in the Kremlin, whose leaders have been locked in debate for weeks about whether to strike down Alexander Dubcek's liberal reforms. Why did Russia's leaders finally decide to use fists instead of flexibility?

The answer is that the dangers constituted by Dubcek's Czechoslovakia finally came, in their estimation, to outweigh all the dangerous consequences...

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