Europe: Back to the Old Dueling Ground

The Soviet Union was able to invade Czechoslovakia with reasonable confidence that the West would not interfere. A Soviet threat to West Germany, however, is quite another matter. Twice last week, the Kremlin pointedly noted that it felt free to move against the Bonn government to curb any revival of neo-Nazism. With seven crack Soviet divisions massed in Czechoslovakia near the Bavarian border—the largest military buildup on the eastern frontier since 1945—Bonn did not take the threat lightly. Neither did Bonn's allies, who warned that a Soviet attack would bring "an immediate allied response." Said a U.S. diplomat: "What we...