By Julian Critchley
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During the period of coexistence the correlation of forces will change, irregularly and possibly with temporary setbacks, but none the less ineluctably, in favour of Communism ... because, according to the doctrine, it follows from the laws of social development and revolution discovered and formulated by Marx, Engels and Lenin. These laws purport to show how pre-communist societies are weakened and eventually destroyed by their own internal contradictions. Communists, with their understanding of the underlying laws have the ability and the duty to give history a helping hand when the time becomes ripe for their intervention.
The Soviet control of the former Portuguese Provinces, in all of which Communist governments are installed, having treaties of alliance and mutual defence with the Soviet Union, is the outcome of a classical case of long-range Communist planning, 32 Basic Issues complete with the creation and seizure of opportunities, from 1960 to 1974, which the rulers of the Western 'democracies' were unable to understand and counteract. The key to its success was the intense 'Liberation' propaganda campaign which made skilful and unscrupulous use of anti-imperialist and pro-Black sentiments in the Uni ted States.
The 'Policy of Peaceful Coexistence', to which I have referred in the first part of this book, is and has been for nearly twenty years the basis of the Soviet Union's main strategy for extending Strategy 01 the Communist Party 45 its power in the world without provoking aresort to war by the 'capitalists' . The unprecedented increase in the Union's armaments is mainly, I believe, a means of insurance against the failure of that subtle policy. It also, no doubt, owes a great deal to the strength of the military high command built into the structure of Soviet bureaucracy; to the belief, whieh Stalin certainly had, that a 'showdown' with the capitalist powers must come, sooner or later; and to the fear of encirclement, inherited from the period between the two world wars and recently revived by the threat of a Chinese - Ameriean alliance.