ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST GERMANY- West Europe and Afghanistan

West Europe and Afghanistan Ramesh Jaura THE significant difference, in Western view, between the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia and Kremlin's invasion of Afghanistan is that while the former was in a neighbouring Warsaw Pact member-state, the latter is in a neighbouring non-aligned developing country, The West is thus willing to openly admit that, despite loud protests nearly a decade ago, for all practical purposes, it does not earnestly challenge the right of a superpower to intervene in a state falling under its tacitly agreed sphere of influence. This is apparently a realistic view which has contributed towards hindering localised wars from spreading out into a world-wide conflagration, in the last thirty-five years. However, from the point of view of realpolitik, the Russian action in Afghanistan should not surprise anyone. The temptation to fill the vacuum created Iiy the erosion of US power was irresistible.

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