De-Stalinization, initiated by Khrushchev three years after the death of Stalin, came not from a change of heart but from sheer op- portunism. It was a shrewd tactical move. Stalinism had evolved into a thorny one-way road to bondage. Khrushchev denounced the builder of the road. He did not denounce the road itself. Condemning Stalin for some of his crimes and the cult of his personality, Khrushchev later commended Stalin for devotion to the cause of Marxism-Leninism.1 In a number of statements Khrushchev has insisted upon the inevitability of the triumph of communism over the free world and upon his determination to bring it about. In the present strategic phase, he has switched the emphasis from shooting war to the battlefields of political and economic warfare.2
This change naturally affects the three Soviet-annexed Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Having to toil for communist construction, they are used as instruments for Soviet policy. Maintenance of their oppressed condition negates the general opinion about liberalization of the Soviet regime in the USSR, of which they are a part.____________________
". . . We shall not foist our socialist system on other countries by force of arms. We are against interference in any country in the domestic affairs of other countries. We are attacking capitalism from the flanks, from economic positions, from the positions of the advantages of our system. This will make certain the triumph of the working class, the triumph of communism." Nikita S. Khrushchev, For Victory in Peaceful Competition with Capitalism ( New York, 1960), pp. 31113.