FRONTIERS: Zone Defense

It was not quite a prelude to World War III, but the scene at the frontier etween the two nations was nonetheless a disquieting reprise of old cold war showdowns. Ardent nationalists demonstrated, inflammatory editorials issued calls to arms, tanks moved into position, and ships at sea began "strategic maneuvers." Berlin? Czechoslovakia? In fact, the moves and countermoves involved the area around Trieste, on the Yugoslav-Italian border, which until now has been one of the most successfully accommodated (though never finally resolved) East-West disputes.

Once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste was annexed...

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