FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Neck, Not the Heart

When Jan Papanek, friend of Benes and democracy, walked out of his United Nations post in 1948 in protest against the Communist rape of his homeland, the new Red bosses of Czechoslovakia picked a successor who was more appreciative of the virtues of Communist-style democracy. Within a few days, Vladimir Houdek, a lumpish, round-shouldered Communist with an acute allergy to hard work, arrived at Lake Success spouting epithets at his predecessor. Papanek, he trumpeted, was a traitor to his country and a tool of the Western warmongers.

Out of Favor. Houdek settled listlessly into parakeet row at U.N. He spoke only...

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