Socialists: Never at a Loss for Words

Brandt irks his comrades by molding a movement to his image

After fighting broke out in El Salvador, a group of West European Socialists dodged bullets to meet with leftist rebel leaders. During the siege of Beirut, a delegation of Social Democrats picked its way through rubble to confer with Palestine Liberation Organization Leader Yasser Arafat. When they are not touring global hot spots, representatives of the Socialist International, the umbrella organization for 49 Social Democratic parties in Europe, Asia and the Americas, meet frequently to make pronouncements that, they hope, will be heeded by an estimated 15 million party members...

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