Just as President Roosevelt and Comrade Litvinoff were fraternizing last week (see p. 12), the Soviet War Council at Moscow, with blazing indiscretion, issued Order No. 173.

Abrupt and militant, it knocked into a Red soldier's turnip-shaped helmet the soothing assertions by Soviet publicists in recent weeks that Russia's leaders have abandoned the objective of her late, great Dictator Nikolai Lenin: to foment "the World Revolution of the Proletariat" by every practicable means including, when advisable, intervention by the Red Army. Order No. 173 is specific. It instructs every Red Army commander...

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