THE SATELLITES: The Nervous Neighbors

In Bonn a diplomat recalled an old Polish proverb: "The Poles and the Hungarians are brothers in blood and in drink." In London a Foreign Office expert recalled a point of history. "The Poles and the Hungarians are the rebels of Eastern Europe; they were the only ones to rise up against the Austrians in 1848."

The point of the two generalities is that, of all the satellites, Poland and Hungary have long been voted the most likely to break with their Kremlin masters. None of the others provides quite the same combination of 1) out-of-power Communist leadership with some support...

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