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Why did Moscow relent in the face of the Sakharovs' hunger strike for their daughter-in-law's freedom to join her husband in the United States? One view is that the Soviets heard the outpouring of support for the Sakharovs from the rest of the world. It's something to consider whenever a decision has to be made on whether to stay silent or speak out for victims of injustice anywhere.

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