P.S. to The

Cold War Gorbachev says what the world needs now is more democracy

IN 1946, OUT OF OFFICE BUT STILL CASTING A LONG shadow, Winston Churchill came to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and declared that "an iron curtain" had descended across Europe. Last week another idle leader sketched a different vision: Mikhail Gorbachev came to Fulton and called for a world that is "democratic for the whole of humanity." The collapse of totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe has released "exaggerated nationalism," old territorial claims and bloodshed, he said. "It would be a supreme tragedy if the world, having overcome the 1946 model, were to find itself once again in a 1914 model."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!