East-West: The Moment of Truth

New U.S. missiles arrive, and the Soviets prepare to walk out of Geneva

Western governments had long agonized over the decision. Soviet officials had churned out increasingly dire warnings of what the consequences would be if the decision was made. Step by ponderous step, the issue had grown in importance until it loomed as a fundamental test of wills between the Soviet Union and the 16 members of the NATO alliance. Last week the moment of truth was finally at hand in the protracted East-West war of nerves over the deployment of intermediate-range...

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