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Subject: Theory - In Mid 70s The Soviets Needed W. German Capital To Survive
CJH    3/27/2005 7:59:51 PM
Theory - the mid 1970s Soviet Union was failing economically and needed German capital. The means consisted of belligerent posturing and threats intended to make W. Germans want to find ways to please the Soviets. The intermediate range missiles discovered to be in East Germany were a key part of this. The Soviets also made public statements regarding the prospect of nuclear war on German soil. The intent was to intimidte West Germany into accepting client state status and trade to the lopsided advantage of the Soviets. The advent of Reagan and Star Wars gave the Germans confidence to hang tough which forced the Soviets to fold not only their hand but eventually their state as well.
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