Reversing its prewar tactics, the Communist Party now joined democratic governments it could not control.
Its immediate objective was not revolution or even reform; it sought veto positions from which it could threaten with desertion any cabinet whose foreign policy seemed to oppose Soviet Russia.
The present Communist line was to hold what Communism had. In France, Belgium, Italy and Hungary the Party went along with Socialist and Centrist programs; it mouthed some of the old revolutionary slogans, but its main catchword was "unity."
In France "unity" reached the point where the Communists sat...