EAST-WEST: Bridging the Abyss

Clinking crystal glasses filled with champagne in the ornate splendor of Prague's Cernin Palace last week, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czechoslovak Premier Lubomir Strougal toasted a historic moment: the signing of a treaty that establishes diplomatic ties between the two countries for the first time since World War II. The new treaty declares void the notorious 1938 Munich Diktat that allowed Nazi Germany to grab the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia-and take another step toward war. After the ceremony, a somber Brandt declared: "The acts of brute force cannot be wiped...

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