For once Boris Yeltsin was true to his word. He had said in public that August would be the month of "artillery preparations" and September the time of the clash. On September 21, at 8 P.M.
In the medieval city of Gdansk, in a courtroom packed with police, three men stand in the dock.
Dual power, Lenin wrote, cannot last long. But just how long?
"How could anyone possibly say that the October Revolution was in vain?" the poet Tvardovsky angrily told Solzhenitsyn in what now seems another age.
The miracle did not happen. Dynamics, as Lionel Jospin had hoped, did not defeat arithmetic. On his third try, Jacques Chirac made it. The Socialist interlude is over.
It is a pleasure to watch, on both sides of the Atlantic, the professional prophets of "evil empire" now forced to perform their "agonizing reappraisals."
Some events carry an exceptional symbolic charge.
Maastricht--shorthand now for the speeding up of the European Community's financial integration--is both an eye-opener and a mystification.