Foreign Relations: The Dance of the Gooney Birds


When the Russians held up an American convoy en route to Berlin last month, a top U.S. State Department officer wrote it off as a misunderstanding by Soviet junior officers. But, he added worriedly, "had it turned out that it was part of a deliberate policy at the top—that they were going to push to its ultimate conclusion—then, of course, we would have a hell of a crisis on our hands."

Last week it became perfectly plain that the Soviet autobahn harassment was no mere junior officer's misunderstanding. The results, if not a hell of a crisis, were at least...

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