Poland: Showing who is Boss

Lech Walesa comes home to a movement in disarray

It was a gamble, but it appears to have succeeded. In releasing former Union Leader Lech Walesa after eleven months in detention, the government of General Wojciech Jaruzelski conveyed a new sense of self-confidence rather than any weakness toward Poland's still rebellious population. Now the focus is on a special session of parliament that has been set for Dec. 13, the first anniversary of the military crackdown. Many Poles believe that Jaruzelski, who has successfully contained resistance, will choose that day to lift martial...

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