Czechoslovak Party Boss Gustav Husák could hardly have been more emphatic. In response to a question by a visiting French Communist about reprisals against onetime followers of ousted Reformer Alexander Dubček, Husák declared: "There is and will be no trial and no arrest for political activities in 1968 and 1969, and there is and will be no trial or arrest for opinions held. Socialist legality will be scrupulously respected."

Unfortunately, Husák was lying. Even as he gave those assurances earlier this month to Roland Leroy, a member of the French Communist...

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