An Oversupply of Voices

Reagan struggles to make the allies speak as one on Poland

"The political gap between Western Europe and the U.S. over the Polish crisis exists, all right. But now it is measured in yards rather than miles." So said one French diplomat last week, and, indeed, the distance between Washington and its NATO allies on a joint response to the crackdown in Poland had seemingly narrowed. Meeting in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the ten-member European Community issued a statement promising that the group would avoid actions that might undercut the sanctions imposed by Washington against Moscow two weeks ago. Then, at...

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