Nation: An Interview with Brzezinski

The Afghanistan action: "It is a watershed event"

Exactly a year ago, as the Shah's regime was crumbling in Iran, Zbigniew Brzezinski began warning about instability in the whole "arc of crisis," to the south of the Soviet Union. Last week, with his desk piled a foot high with classified cables on Afghanistan, Brzezinski gave an interview to TIME Correspondents Christopher Ogden and Gregory Wierzynski. Usually ebullient, he was somber and chose his words with exceptional care. Excerpts:

Q. Where do the events in Afghanistan leave the U.S.-Soviet relationship?

A. The Soviet military action in...

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