Soviet Union: The Bad Old Days Again

Sending his tanks into Lithuania, Gorbachev puts unity above reform and stirs the world's fears of a new Stalinism

The kind of new world George Bush was ready to fight for is supposed to be founded on "the rule of law, not the law of the jungle." But the government of the Soviet Union, the essential partner in such a future order, still seems to favor the feral approach. Knowing the world was looking somewhere else, its army stamped a bloody boot on separatist Lithuania -- a no-nonsense warning that the union of Soviet republics will not be allowed to splinter. President Mikhail Gorbachev's verbal shrug at the violence looked like a casual reactivation of the Brezhnev Doctrine -- in...

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