Robert Toth's important article (March 25) on Eastern Europe analyzes how Hungary, East Germany and Romania are exerting a moderating influence on the Soviet Union. Because Soviet nuclear weapons in their midst are making them the target of Western nuclear weapons, those three countries are seeking to dampen the escalating arms race between the East and West, and to reverse the division of their continent into the mutually hostile NATO and Warsaw Pact camps.
Naturally, we approve of this "moderating" role of the small Eastern European states within the Warsaw Pact group. But how many of us realize that Greece under Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou is seeking to play precisely the same "moderating" role within the NATO camp?
This explains Papandreou's support for the denuclearization of the Balkans and of other European regions, his questioning of both the NATO and Warsaw Pact alliance systems, and his opposition to both martial law within Poland and economic sanctions against Poland.
Washington favors moderation within the Warsaw Pact camp but not within NATO. This explains why Turkish Prime Minister Torgut Ozal was dined and wined in our capital, while Papandreou is being vilified as "slippery" and "unprincipled."