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.
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.
December 17, 1989
Before we begin to make the deep military budget cuts presently being proposed by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, let us wait for the Soviets to turn their talk and promises of peace and disarmament into reality. It would be foolish for us to cut our defenses during this delicate time in Eastern Europe. Both World War I and World War II started from the collapse of powerful empires: We may now be witnessing the collapse of the Soviet empire. Consequently, I believe we should be cautious and avoid the discredited McGovernite policy of unilateral disarmament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1990
Every day we are bombarded by the media with more and more news of events occurring in the Soviet Union and are told how quickly the Soviets are "democratizing." I hope that as democracy is phased in, the structure of the Soviet Union is phased out because the two cannot exist together. If you have democracy, you cannot have a Soviet empire because the two are a contradiction in terms and meaning. This is especially important in view of how many people were destroyed during and after the formation of the Soviet Union.
March 12, 1989
So the Hollywood "brat pack" has taken it upon itself to show Americans that the Soviet "people aren't ogres but 'just like us' " ("The Brat Pack's Moscow Mission," by Ronald Brownstein, Jan. 22). This truth has provided the moral foundation for the policies of the Cold War. For if Russians and other subjects of the Soviet empire are just as human as we are, how can any decent human being tolerate a government that denies him the right to select his leaders, to express ideas freely, to hear diverse points of view, to practice religion and to emigrate?
January 25, 1990 |
Hard-line voices in Tehran on Wednesday notched up their criticism of the Soviet military crackdown in Azerbaijan, the Muslim-dominated republic on Iran's northern border. The morning after an open letter by members of the Iranian Parliament demanded that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev "deal with the Muslims of the Soviet Union with compassion," an editorial in the daily Kayhan International condemned Moscow's handling of the unrest.