Steadfast Allies

Crozier, Brian
April 1980
National Review;4/4/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 7, p400
The article presents several issues related to expedient treachery of the Soviet Union. In 1950s, the Soviets took advantage of excellent opportunity to turn Egypt into a client state by supplying arms and military equipment to Gamal Abdel Nasser, a pan-Arab nationalist, in return for which the Egyptians mortgaged their cotton crop to the Soviet Union for many years ahead. During the second world war the Soviets made it expedient to welcome head of Nationalist government on Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek but later on it invaded China and handed over masses of arms and equipment to Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung for defeating Chiang in the ensuing civil war. The strategical objective of the Soviets was to help a Communist insurgency to transform itself into a full scale war with a high prospect of victory.


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