NO enemy is ever entirely reliable. But since the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. and its Allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have largely operated on the assumption that, in any major clash of wills, the Soviet Union would behave rationally rather than rashly. That comfortable outlook has been severely jarred by the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, as the NATO Council conceded in Brussels last week. NATO's guiding precept from now on, concluded the Council in a position paper, must be the unpredictability of Soviet behavior.

"We really don't know what the Soviet...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!