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Nebulous Dream

September 23, 1986

The quest for peace, so arduously pursued by the United States with the Soviet Union, is a far-fetched, nebulous dream. Those who embraced it and perceived Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as being of a different stripe simply because of a readiness to smile and a fashionable wife, are now betrayed by their naivete, and were beguiled by his aspirations for peace.

The indictment of the Soviet spy, Gennady F. Zakharov, is merely the tip of the iceberg. Why we persist in maintaining diplomatic relations with the Soviets is a profound mystery.

The conventional wisdom that by doing so provides us with an opportunity to keep tabs on them is flawed. It is flawed because it fails to recognize the implications of the realities. The reality is this: the Soviets steal our most guarded secrets; steal our technology and induce Americans to engage in espionage on their behalf. And what benefits accrue to us?

Another great spy source for the Soviets is the United Nations. Under the guise of providing personnel for their various committees they staff them with KGB members, and in the case of Zakharov with scientists.

Was it Marx or Lenin who said that we would sell them the rope that would hang us?

BART MARSH

Los Angeles

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