Time Essay: The Art of Making Threats

As of Palm Sunday, the big red machine had not yet rolled across the Polish border, so for the time being at least the world was breathing easier. In fact, there has been easier international breathing for over a week now, ever since April 7, when Leonid Brezhnev, his chest heavy with medals, stood in Prague's Palace of Culture and informed 1,700 attentive delegates to the 16th congress of the Czechoslovak Party that he was confident that the unruly Poles would come to their senses after all. TASS then announced that the three-week-old Warsaw Pact military exercises, with their World's Fair...

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