NATIONS: Brooks, the Bandit

In his dispassionate, objective but hardhitting assessment of the Soviet regime last fortnight (TIME, July15), Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times made one point (among many completely valid ones) which may have been slightly in error. He said: "Although they [the Soviet leaders] have access to an enormous mass of information from abroad, they lack the experience to analyze it."

Last week the Kremlin showed that it has at least brains enough to know which kinds of outside criticism are most damaging, and which are least so. The Stalinists ignore, or pass off with an occasional snarl, the tirades...

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