THE demise of the Warsaw Pact as a military force in international relations is probably the most momentous sequel to the East European revolution.
To all intents and purposes, the Pact became a spent force the moment Poland initiated the revolution last year. Now it is fact.
The break from the alliance's military past was made by its top governing body, the Consultative Council, in Moscow last week. It was the Council's first meeting in a year. Its composition was an ironic comment from the Soviet viewpoint on all that has happened in Eastern Europe and in East-West relations since then.
Formerly, the Council included heads of state, together with ruling …