POLAND: Poised for a Showdown

With Soviet troops near by, the unions walk the tightrope

The choices were more sharply drawn than ever. Poland last week stood poised between what Warsaw Journalist Stefan Bratkowski called "a revolution of good sense," and a perilous showdown with its Soviet master. Everyone in Poland, after months of denying the obvious, finally acknowledged that Soviet intervention was a real possibility. Indeed, both the government and Solidarity, the federation of Poland's new independent unions, issued calls for moderation. But at the same time, the workers continued to test Moscow's patience with provocative...

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