World Communism Shifts Its Line:
Making Room for Mau and Tito
It is a safe rule, in inquiring as to the motive for any turn in Soviet policy that does not strike one as self-evident, to refer to the dissensions among the top Soviet leadership. In their light I believe that the purely aggressive and disruptive motivations of the present “co-existence” campaign can be exposed. Nor is it likely that any but aggressive intentions should lie behind a line which went into force at the very moment of Nikita Khrushchev’s accession to power. Khrushchev has always been a “left” extremist inside the Russian Communist party, and “co-existence” bears many marks of his personal influence. The story of the series of compromises by which he rose to power, in addition to clarifying Soviet foreign policy, ought to reveal much about the internal stresses to which the present directorate of world Communism is subject.
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