Foreign News: Change of Line

Out of the mushroom cloud set off in the Supreme Soviet appeared the familiar, forbidding face of Vyacheslav Molotov, the great unsinkable of the Communist Revolution. His duty was plain: to obscure their moment of serious internal weakness, the Soviet leaders had called out the Old Bolshevik to convince everyone that the Soviet Union is really hale, hearty and tough.

Molotov boasted: "Prior to the Second World War the Soviet Union was the only socialist state in a ring of capitalist encirclement . . . Now the correlation of forces . . . has...

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