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Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security (PHP)
Records of the Political Consultative Committee, 1955-1991
Edited by Douglas Selvage
the bourgeoisie, as a rule, seeks to escape such conditions by embarking on foreign
But this is only one side of the coin. The other side is that the USA and NATO have seen
an opportunity in the difficulties that all of us, to some degree, have been facing in the
realm of economic development. I am speaking about the growth in foreign debt, the
food-supply situation, our technological lag in some branches of industry and a number
of other bottlenecks. Domestic political difficulties in some socialist countries have been
perceived in a similar fashion. Let’s not look the other way: as long as these problems
exist, our class enemies will try to turn them to their benefit; that is why they are our
The policy of Reagan and those who support him is nothing less than an attempt to
combat the laws of historical development and to limit, at all costs, any further losses to
the capitalist system. The sharp edge of this policy is directed against the Soviet Union
and the entire socialist commonwealth. Washington’s so-called policy of differentiation
toward individual socialist countries has a tactical purpose but does not alter anything in
substance. The struggle is unfolding in practically every direction.
The shamelessness with which the United States has been trying to complicate the
economic conditions of the socialist countries truly stands out. Just think of their actions
against Poland! Or the notorious story of the “gas pipeline” deal, in which the USA was
willing to sacrifice the interests of even its closest allies. It appears that Americans want
to continue to use trade as a weapon for applying political pressure. I am talking about
their drastically limiting our access to advanced technology, reducing the amount of
available credit and tightening the conditions for its issuance, adopting measures to
reduce the hard-currency earnings of the socialist countries from exports, etc.
We have all sensed the increased activity of the ideological centers of imperialism. And
this is not simply the revival of the propaganda war with which we are familiar from the
past. A high-stakes bet has been placed on creating a political opposition in our countries
and manipulating it to undermine the socialist order of our societies.
Especially dangerous is the challenge being posed to us in the military arena. Having set
the goal of destroying the balance in this area, Washington is inciting – and, as the
December session of the NATO Council has shown, not without results – a relentless
militarization of the entire NATO bloc and all its members.
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