Starting from Zero

Reagan reassures Europe with "a simple, straightforward message"

The stakes were high, and Ronald Reagan knew it as he stepped to the lectern of the 14th-floor dining room in Washington's National Press Club last Wednesday morning. In the restless cities of Western Europe, anti-American demonstrations on behalf of pacifism and neutralism posed a new threat to the unity of the NATO alliance (see WORLD). In part, the protests were encouraged and exploited by Moscow, which in recent months has mounted a skillful propaganda campaign to block the stationing, primarily in West Germany, of new NATO...

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