Aid to the Southern Tier
The spectacular collapse of communism in Eastern Europe largely obviated the question "Why help Eastern Europe?" for the West and replaced it with the more urgent "How to help Eastern Europe?" That Eastern Europe does need help is taken for granted, as is generally the belief that the direction in which the region is moving is entirely congenial to fundamental Western interests, to say nothing of those of local folk, trampled as they were under the heavy foot of totalitarianism for some five decades. The inherent virtues of democracy and free markets quite apart, the current tide sweeping over the eastern part of the continent is already overcoming the division of Europe that was the main cause of the intractable EastWest conflict.
It is perhaps worthwhile to remind ourselves just how momentous this shift has been, by remembering that, until very recently, learned experts, arms control advocates, and even former secretaries of state argued strenuously that neither the reunification of Germany nor the disintegration of the Soviet empire was in the best interest of the United States. It is worthwhile to remind ourselves of