The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 11, 1968 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

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.ythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, June It, 19W - Page F)v> Soviets Find a Scapegoat Blame Czech Defiance on U.S. By LEON DENNEN NBA Foreign News Analyst UNITED NATIONS, . . . N. Y. (NBA) The Russians have finally "discovered" that American im perialists are behind Czechoslovakia's unprecedented experiment in liberalism. An editorial in Krasnaya Zvezda, mouthpiece of Moscow's 1 marshals arid generals, asserts' the United States is seeking I "to exploit for its own dirty purposes" the "internal pro-' cesses" ta Czechoslovakia. It was inevitable that the Eussians and their frightened puppets in Poland and East Germany should blame the Americans for'the reforms currently under way in Prague. But the tone of the Krasnaya Zvezda editorial shocked even . East European diplomats familiar .with Communist double- talk. They interpreted it as a Soviet threat to employ armed force agains C?.ecttorJovakia. "If and when the Russians and their allies decide to .n- vade Czechoslovakia they will use the danger of American subversion as the pretext," one diplomat said. Anticipating Moscow's charge of American complicity, Yugoslavia's leading newspaper Po- litika warned the Russians not to turn the clock back. The West, especially the United States, can no longer be blamed for the ferment in Czechoslovakia, Homania and elsewhere in East Europe, Politika's eidtor said. "The lime has come for the Communists to credit or blame themselves for everything good or bad that happens in their countries." But the Russians and their puppets must find a scapegoat for their troubles m East Europe. The essentially anti-Soviet upsurge in Czechoslovakia is too bitter a pill for them to swallow. What's haggling in Czecho- slovakia may be the biggesl crisis that the Brezhnev-Kosy- gin regime 'in Moscow has hac to face since it came to power in 1964. Premier Kosygin, who seems to be opposed to , the use ol force against Czechoslovakia, is even reported in some diplomatic circles to be on the way out. The latest crisis in the Kremlin has actually .been brewing since last June when Israel defeated the Arabs. Brezhnev and Kosygin were blamed for the failure of Soviet policy in the Middle East. But in June the Kremlin's "collective' leaders" were stil working as a united team. With the support of the Red army .they were strong enough to beat back the challenge of their opposition led by former Police Chief Alexander Shelepin. .Now Moscow's marshals and generals are believed to be back-ing the. opposition. The mil- FEAR, hopelessness; grief and pain are reflected in these faces of .Vietnamese women and children left Homeless by the recent enemy offensive in the Gholon district of Saigon. An estimated 80,000 residents have been driven from their homes. eclol) itary and Communist party hard - liners in Russia, Poland and East Germany fear that Czechoslovakia's eventual de- fection'would result;in the total disintegration of the Warsaw Pact military alliance. More ominous for Czechoslovakia .is the reported rift.be- tween the dovish Kosygin and •Communist chief Brezhnev who is among those, in and out of Russia, who want to.deal harshly with Czechoslovakia. We are .thus witnessing only the first act in. the unfolding East European drama. .-. So far, the new Czechoslovakia leader, Alexander Dufa- cek, has played his cards cannily. He assured' the Russians of his; eternal friendship. He agreed to take part in Warsaw Pact military maneuvers. But he bluntly rejected Moscow's sound. proposal to station 12,000 Rus sian and Polish troops in Czechoslovakia. * * * Dubcek is playing for time. 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