The Balkans, Frontier of Two Worlds

The Balkans, Frontier of Two Worlds

The Balkans, Frontier of Two Worlds

The Balkans, Frontier of Two Worlds

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THE BALKANS--the narrowest land area where the Russian land-world runs into the Western sea-world, and where fear, conspiracy, and Great Power intrigue are endemic-- are today the arena in which Russian and Anglo-American policies are butting heads.

The closing months of World War II found the vast Russian armies moving across the Balkan peninsula, pressing the Germans as the vise of defeat was narrowing in central Europe. But these Russian warriors came also as occupation troops for this strategic part of Europe, and they came, too, as missionaries and protectors of a revolutionary politico-economic theory of government--Communism.

As postwar developments have shown, the Soviet had a master plan for the Balkans: label it communist imperialism or another step toward world revolution, as you will. To help implement this plan the Russians had in each of the turbulent countries a loyal communist core, trained and ready for the job to be done.

The Anglo-Americans also had a plan for the Balkans, a vague and wishful program at best, based on the hope that all liberated peoples would turn instinctively toward representative democracy as their way out of the horrors of war.

Each plan had as an essential component the strict limitation of the political and economic influence envisioned by . . .

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