Brittan, Smuel
January 1984
Foreign Affairs;1984 Special Issue, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p485
This article highlights the key events that stood out in the memory of the American public in 1983. The first was the September 1 shooting down, by a Soviet fighter, of a Korean Air Lines flight that had strayed into Soviet air space and was carrying 269 civilian passengers, including 61 Americans. Then, on October 23, a terrorist truck-bomb destroyed the headquarters of the U.S. Marine contingent at the Beirut airport, claiming the lives of 241 Marines. On November 22, the West German parliament gave its final approval to the initial deployment of intermediate-range U.S. missile (INF) in Germany, and the Soviet Union at once responded by breaking off the Geneva INF negotiations, followed shortly by refusal to set resumption dates for the strategic arms talks and those on European force reductions.


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