Tito's Threat to Stalin's Empire:
The Role America Can Play
To paraphrase the opening sentences of a century-old political pamphlet: A specter is haunting Communist Europe—the specter of Titoism. All the powers of the Stalinist world have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: the Czar of the Kremlin and the Dean of Canterbury, Rakosi and Thorez, fellow-traveling French radicals and Eastern German police spies. Where is an oppositional group that has not been decried as Titoist by its opponents in power?
Really, where is one? Broad and bloody purges are taking place throughout Russian-dominated Eastern Europe. Laszlo Rajk in Hungary, Traicho Kostov in Bulgaria, and Koci Drodze in Albania have been executed; General Markos of the Greek guerillas has vanished without trace; Wladislaw Gomulka in Poland, Vilem Novy in Czechoslovakia, Lucretiu Patrascanu in Rumania, and too many others to mention, have been expelled from their Communist parties and await trial and inevitable conviction. The charge is always the same: the (literally) mortal sin of sympathy with Tito’s disobedient behavior. Accusations of bourgeois nationalism, anti-Soviet espionage, sabotage, and subservience to Western imperialism are also thrown in to spice the brew.
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