Why These Crises Occur

When Soviet-American relations come a cropper, as they so often do, it is rarely because the White House or the Kremlin seeks a crisis as part of a grand strategy. Rather, the setbacks are like road accidents during a cross- country rally in which the contestants are continually jockeying for position. Particularly when they feel their security has somehow been threatened, the Soviets can seem like road hogs, making it all the more likely that they will cause fender benders or worse along the way. They are aggressive but not reckless drivers.

So it was with the imprisonment of Nicholas Daniloff,...

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