Combustion Engineering also signed anjoint venture in 1987 to provide “designnengineering, production, and installationnof automated controls systemsnfor the oil, petrochemical, andnchemical industries.” Joint venture advocatesnsay oil and gas technology isn’tnstrategically useful. Yet Roger Robinson,nthe only businessman who spokenout against increased trade and subsidiesnduring January’s congressionalnhearings, notes that “80-90 percent ofnSoviet annual hard currency earningsnstem from just four export items — oil,ngas, arms, and gold,” with oil comprisingnnearly 70 percent of the total. YetnChevron and Armand Hammer’s OccidentalnPetroleum are drilling away onnbehalf of the Soviet oil minister.nOther American companies that willnproduce strategic commodities for thenSoviet bloc include Interconcepts Inc.n(PC’s and software), Honeywell (automatednsystems). Dresser Industries (oilnproduction equipment), Siber Inc.n(computer software), Berusa Internationaln(turnkey automated systemsnusing microprocessor technology),nSheldon Trading Company (naturalngas production), and Slays CommercenCorporation (a joint venture to launchncommercial and scientific satellites).nU.S. West wants to lay a 500-milliondollar,n12,000-mile fiber optic cablenlinking the U.S.S.R.’s 11 time zones.nSure enough, fiber-optics will enable anSiberian babushka to reach out andntouch her granddaughter in Moscow,nbut it will also enhance the security ofnthe Red Army’s military communica­n58/CHRONICLESnLIBERAL ARTSnFAITHFUL ATTRACTIONntions, making them less susceptible tonWestern intercepts. Meanwhile, GulfstreamnAerospace will join the Sukhoinairplane concern, best known fornbuilding the Su-25 jet fighter used tonslaughter Afghans, in building a supersonicn”business” jet. Reynolds MetalnCompany of Richmond, Virginia, hasnjoined forces with two Italian companiesnto build an aluminum foil factorynin Siberia, while Cillette wants to buildna $50 million factory to make 800nmillion razor blades annually. AmericannTelephone and Telegraph is askingnthe government for permission to enterna joint venture agreement with thenSoviet Intersputnik Company to use itsnsatellites for voice and data services.nClearly, American and Europeannbusinessmen are prepared to rebuildnthe Warsaw Pact’s industrial infrastructurenfrom the ground up. The potentialnfor abuse on some of these projectsnis incalculable, if only because Americannbusinessmen don’t have the meansnto enforce promises that the technology,nonce installed, won’t be divertednto the military.nWhen Henry Ford II went to kicknthe tires on the Kama River trucknplant, the Soviets assured him thentrucks would be used for peacefulnpurposes. They lied. They not onlynbuilt trucks for the Red Army, but alsonbroke down and stole the machine toolntechnology used on the assembly line.nNeither Ford nor the United Statesngovernment could do anything aboutnit. The sad thing is that now there’s noneffort to sequester technology from thenThere’s an “epidemic”. of marital fidelity, claims a newnGallup Poll. Nine out of ten people said they’ve never beennunfaithful to their spouses, and 80 percent said they wouldnmarry the same person again. The survey attributed thenmarital happiness primarily to three factors: communication,ncooperation in housework and childrearing, and romance.nThe findings are in a report entitled “Faithful Attraction,”nwhich was sponsored by Psychology Today and written bynthe Reverend Andrew Greeley, the Chicago-based priest,nsociologist, and novelist. “That few men or women havenaffairs despite the widely held impressions that neariy everynmarried person does is an example of what sociologistnHubert O’Gorman calls pluralistic ignorance — erroneous,ncognitive beliefs shaped by some individuals about othernindividuals,” the report concluded.nnnSoviet military, as Culfstream’s venturenwith the Sukhoi jet fighter concernnshows.nThe latest corporate endeavor in thenSoviet Union has a lot in common withnthose of years past. “New thinking”nhas emerged in the Soviet leadership.nA “closet liberal” will reform communism.nRevolutionary changes arensweeping the Warsaw Pact. Democratizationnis at hand. Even if these thingsnare true. Western government andnbusiness leaders have closed their eyesnto the fact that our adversaries in RednSquare and in the capitals of EasternnEurope still have their guns and bombsntrained on the United States. Sovietndefense spending has increased 3 percentnannually during the Gorbachevnreign. Warsaw Pact spy agencies. Senatenand top government officials confirm,ncontinue spying on us. And thenKGB has intensified its efforts to stealntechnology as the Red Army modernizesnits nuclear rocket force. Gorbachevnwarns that he remains a “convincedncommunist”-: “When accusations ofn’exporting revolution’ are replacednwith calls for ‘exporting capitalism,’ wenhave at hand a dangerous manifestationnof old thinking.” Indeed we do. WhilenU.S. officials were dreaming of a SovietnEmpire shrinking behind the bordernof the Russian Republic, Soviet-backednforces in Angola launched a blitzkriegnagainst the American-backed Jonas Savimbi.nWhen George Bush was preparingnfor his floating summit in December,nthe Soviet-backed FMLNncontinued its campaign of terror in ElnSalvador. As East Europeans dancednon communism’s grave, some Angolansnand Salvadorans were buriednin it.nThe goal of American policy shouldnbe the burial of the Soviet Union andnthe Warsaw Pact. More than anything,nMikhail Gorbachev and his allies neednAmerican aid and trade to survive. Ifnwe deny it, they are doomed. That’snwhy, in a time of decreasing defensenbudgets, transferring technology to thenSoviet bloc in exchange for promises ofnpeace and democracy is a derangednpolicy. The democratization of thenSoviet bloc may or may not be in theninterest of the United States.nR. Cort Kirkwood is anneditorialist for the WashingtonnTimes.n