COLD WAR: Time for Strong Nerves

Inching ahead with almost leisurely menace, Nikita Khrushchev built up pressure on the Allied position in West Berlin. But his real aim, it became clearer, was to force Western recognition of his servile East German satellite regime.

When Washington declared that it would defend West Berlin as if it were U.S. soil, Pravda jeered that "the creation of a war psychosis" could not keep the peace-loving Soviet Union from unselfishly handing over its control of the Allied traffic to West Berlin to its puppet government. A six-man Soviet-East German commission met in East...

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