As they do every year at this time, the NATO and Warsaw Pact powers last week were playing war games in Europe. Fully 100,000 troops engaged in a giant maneuver called Shield '72, which presupposed a lunge from the West and a Communist counterattack. Mean while, NATO assembled 64,000 men, 300 warships and 700 aircraft off the coast of Europe, from Portugal to Norway, for its own games, dubbed Strong Express. Their purpose was to demonstrate NATO's efficiency in coming to the aid of an ally invaded by Communist troops.

Both sides could also read political meaning into the games....

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