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Nodules from the Sea

that the working class struggles in Poland pose a threat to the 'socialist system', there are differences within the Polish party leadership about how to contain Solidarity and arrest further erosion of the party's power and authority. The politbureau proposal of March 22 reflected these difference, while Jaruzelski proposal of April 10 reflected the need to assure the allies in the Warsaw Pact that the Polish leadership was capable of resolving the problems internally without inviting external Involvement. However, since its allies are not confident about the capability of the present leadership in Poland to "secure the socialist system", there are the periodic allusions to "the common concern of the states in the socialist community, which are prepared to defend their interests". At the Czechoslovak party congress Brezhnev described the Polish developments as being analoguous to the situation in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and stated that "one must suppose that the Poles would be able to rebuff enemies of the socialist system". Stefan Olsowski, Polish politbureau member, asserted that while the Polish developments affected the ".security of ... the socialist community" the party and the government in Poland would find the "power and the will" to resolve the problems.

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