East-West: Shared Anxiety

An unusual expression of fears

"I am eighteen ... I do not want to I die," said the letter to the editor. Another asked, "What kind of life awaits us?" The words were not new, nor was the fear that prompted them: the stationing of new nuclear missiles in Europe. The forum, however, was different. The letters were printed not in West European newspapers, but in Czechoslovakia's official Communist daily, Rudé Právo. Despite their ambiguous phrasing, they seemed to convey thinly masked criticism of recently announced Soviet plans to station new tactical nuclear weapons in Czechoslovakia and East Germany...

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