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Righteous Anger and Non-intervention

Righteous Anger and Non-intervention G P D THE Soviets have begun their long innings in Afghanistan on a safe note. Problems uppermost in the Soviet mind must have been the American and the Chinese response to their liberation-adventure. The Americans, of course, have blown hot and cold. Carter could scarcely do otherwise in an election-year. The Pakistanis have been promised some aid. The Defence Secretary, Brown, has travelled to Beijing, The pompous Brzezinski has as usual taken some time off for semiphilosophical musings on the state of the world. Nothing else has happened: By taking the Afghan problem to the Security Council, the Americans signalled that they were reacting essentially on a low key. The Soviets were going to use their veto against any West-sponsored resolution. And they did. Now the General Assembly has done its own ritual. It has passed a resolution which it has no power to implement. The American response thus has amounted to righteous anger and non-intervention.

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