Poland Nails for Solidarity's Coffin

Jarulzelski steps up his campaign to intimidate the opposition

Poles like to quip that news dispensed by the state falls into three categories: certain (obituaries), probable (the weather) and nonsensical (everything else). On May 31, however, the terse official announcement had the ring of truth: Zbigniew Bujak, a fugitive underground leader of the banned Solidarity trade-union movement, had been arrested after eluding police for more than four years. Only days later, Poles received a second jolt. The Washington Post reported that the Reagan Administration not only knew in advance about the Warsaw regime's plans to impose martial law in December 1981, but according to Polish Government Spokesman Jerzy Urban, failed...

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