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"The media may go on about it for a day or two. But even the most ethically creative journalists will have trouble sustaining much umbrage about the release of material they would gladly have had leaked."
You can all keep cackling to your heart's content. I think I'll move on. NIghty-night.
And you're right, there was more than one cause. The Polish Pope, Ronald Reagan's gutsy help to solidarity via the CIA, Reagan't arms build-up which helped bankrupt the U.S.S.R., the 1979 NATO decision to deploy 572 Pershing II missiles in Europe aimed at the U.S.S.R. and the east bloc countries etc.
Prague 1968? I've heard of the Prague spring, but not summer, fall, winter.
Poland was the beginning of the end communism's grip on Europe and I don't know of any reputable commentators who say otherwise.
The events in Poland precipitated and gave momentum to the fall of the entire Communist bloc.
The Yalta arrangement collapsed soon after the events in Poland.