Muddled motives


IF GORBACHEV'S peace plan is accepted, it would raise the question whether an arrangement has been reached between the two superpowers under which this region will be divided in terms of dominance between the Soviet Union and the Western powers. [The region] would fall into the same patterns as imposed on Europe following World War II. Gorbachev wandered off into muddy waters by urging there be no punitive action against Saddam. [He] endangered his peace plan and raised suspicions that he may be thinking long term rather than trying to avert a land war.

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