The echoes of Soviet tanks clanking into Czechoslovakia were still reverberating throughout Europe and the world last week when the ominous rumblings of a new—and potentially far more dangerous—Soviet aggression sounded. The target this time was Rumania, the Warsaw Pact nation that has long defied Moscow's hegemony in Eastern Europe by insisting on its right to an independent foreign policy and has unwaveringly supported the Czechoslovaks in their triumphs and tragedy. There was every prospect that the Rumanians, unlike the Czechoslovaks, would fight should the Soviets invade. The Rumanian Ambassador to Bonn formally informed the West German Foreign Ministry that the...

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