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Downey Flagged for Lokar Column

February 23, 1991

It is ironic that, at a time when our nation's leaders attempt to resurrect the long-discredited American mission of defending democracy abroad, it takes the conscientious stand of a young Italian athlete to demonstrate the erosion of democracy at home. The first casualty of war may be truth, as Lord Acton maintained, but the next to go is independent, critical thought.

FRED SPIELBERG

Pacific Palisades

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