America Abroad: Washington's Captive Policy

Washington's Captive Policy

The Soviet empire is disintegrating so quickly and in so many ways that * neither Moscow nor Washington has been able to adjust its policies fast enough to keep up with events. Last week, while the East German regime went into free fall, nationalists in the Estonian parliament prepared to consider a resolution that explicitly challenges the legitimacy of Soviet rule and implicitly raises the possibility of an eventual declaration of independence.

Late last month Mikhail Gorbachev privately encouraged the leaders of Estonia and the other two Baltic republics, Latvia and Lithuania, to keep pushing for "self-determination." But, Gorbachev continued, "you...

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