Press: Newswatch: Better Slow Than Sorry

Better Slow Than Sorry

Mikhail Gorbachev continues to gain on his credibility problem. So dedicated an anti-Communist as Margaret Thatcher came away from Moscow telling reporters, "I would implicitly accept his word." Distinguished American visitors, not wishing to bestow an accolade they might later have to retract, settle almost in a chorus on a more neutral descriptive word: they find him "impressive." Andrei Sakharov, the physicist who was willing to starve himself to death in defiance of the Soviet regime, now disturbs other dissidents by his guarded approval of Gorbachev.

This gradual shift of attitudes has been reported out of Moscow, accompanied by an escort...

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