National Geographic : 1964 Oct
they had taken part in the violence and in sisted that they would lead new riots if Japan turned "militarist" by increasing the strength of her defense forces. It came as a surprise that none of the three had good words for the Soviet Union. One student had been a member of a world youth rally in Moscow, where the theme had been Western "imperialism" and nuclear testing. That was fine with my Zengakuren compan ion, but he had made one small mistake: He got carried away and began to condemn Soviet nuclear tests as well. His Russian hosts were not amused. 474 "The Soviet security police got very angry," he recalled. "They refused to give us paper to print our leaflets about bomb tests to give to the Soviet people." In the end the Japanese delegation was asked to leave, and it cost Russia some ad mirers. "Most Communists and socialists," my acquaintance concluded scowling, "think that the Soviet is a Communist country. But we know better. It is"-he used the word scornfully-"only a Stalinist country." It seemed to me quite an enlightened at titude, and I began to think the professor had been wrong. Then, as my companions got up to go, they delivered their message for the United States.