September 13, 2009 |
Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 1989, the plug was pulled on the bathtub of Soviet empire. At the stroke of midnight, tiny communist Hungary threw open the gates to freedom and the West. Tens of thousands of people surged across the suddenly unguarded border. Scenes of jubilation, of families reunited after decades of captivity in Eastern Europe, flashed around the world. Newsweek's cover dubbed it the "Great Escape." From one day to the next, Americans awoke to a startling new reality.
November 7, 2004 |
As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Tuesday, it's worth asking how and why did the wall come tumbling down? I argue that it was Ronald Reagan's statesmanship that brought it down and hastened the collapse of the Soviet empire. Reagan didn't do it alone, but without him it probably wouldn't have happened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998
Re Kevin Phillips' "The Menace of Religious Zealotry," Opinion, May 10: The implication is that there is some sort of worldwide Muslim conspiracy, aided and abetted by Chinese forces. It's worth noting that, as official atheists, the Chinese are the enemies of Islam, just as the Soviet Union was. True believers will understand this. Meddling and troublemaking may be useful for China and achieve the short-term aims of some radical Islamic groups. Nevertheless, the Chinese are not the long-term allies of Islamic fundamentalism.
January 26, 1997 |
First, a small confession: I opened "Down With Big Brother" with considerable trepidation. After all, even aficionados of the Cold War may entertain doubts about how much more there is to say about the fall of the Soviet empire.
January 20, 1996 |
Donning the mantle of regional leader again after a series of illnesses, President Boris N. Yeltsin won pledges from Russia's neighbors Friday to make common cause against terrorism and announced steps to end three armed conflicts in its former empire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1995
Re "New B-2 Bomber Funds Give Lift to Southland," Dec. 2: Why not call it what it is? Nearly half a billion dollars for more B-2 bombers in 1996 and another $15 billion likely down the line add up to a gigantic federal welfare program. The beneficiaries--people who usually want the government to get off their backs. So the Antelope Valley will prosper, 25,000 people will keep their jobs and Northrop will profit--all at the expense of the nation's taxpayers who will foot the bill for a still-unproven aircraft designed to fight the evil Soviet empire (now collapsed, remember?