Helsinki And Humpty Dumpty

Four summers ago, the Helsinki agreement was signed at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. A recently concluded meeting in the Finnish capital acknowledged the fact. “Helsinki,” said the sponsors of that meeting, “has become a symbol of the beginning of a new historical epoch and of a real hope for a new just order of international relations among all the nations of the world. We recognize that this international process of détente will be opposed by its enemies who attempt even now to retard and delay it.”

Ah, but who are the enemies? Read on. The same sponsors will tell you without specifically identifying them by name: “There is a real danger that forces are again at work making use of slogans of freedom and security in order to pursue their own political and economic interests. They seek to manipulate the international order to preserve their privileges and to continue the business of armaments. Imperialism is always and everywhere an enemy of peace.”

No reference is intended, of course, to the military might of the Soviet Union that paraded itself shortly afterwards in Moscow’s Red Square. And no sympathy is directed toward those imprisoned in the USSR and its satellite countries because of their monitoring activities aimed at insuring that the 1975 CSCE agreement is being honored.

The latest Helsinki meeting comprised the working committee of the Prague-based Christian Peace Conference, an organization that regards Communist criticism of democracy as a wholly laudable pursuit, but Western criticism of Communism as totally unfounded.

Here is the committee again taking up lofty ground: “Every member of the UN has special responsibility to abide by the UN Charter and to seek the ...

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