At this week's NATO conference in Washington the assessment of the alliance's strength in Europe has taken a back seat to the growing concern of Soviet penetration in other pans of the world, outside of Europe, vital to Western interests. Africa, especially the Cuban-backed invasion of Zaire, captured the spotlight. Even the United States is finally beginning to make noises about the massive Soviet-Cuban involvement in Africa. Both President Carter and the National Security Affairs adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski have denounced Soviet designs to upset the East-West balance in the Third World, to take advantage of smoldering racial tensions in Africa and to gradually encircle the oil-rich Middle East in a communist pincer movement.
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