Communists: The Flag Follows Trade

When George Marshall made the historic offer in 1947 to extend massive U.S. aid to help rebuild the shattered economies of friend and foe alike, the prostrate Soviet-occupied states of Eastern Europe responded with enthusiasm. But before their delegations could pack their scuffed suitcases and head West, Moscow thundered its veto of Commu nist participation in the Marshall Plan. Last week, in Conference Room 1105A of the State Department, a Rumanian delegation was finally able to accept, if not the 17-year-old offer, at least a latterday, more commercial version.

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