In our not-so-long-ago history, Stalin had major plans for Eastern, Southern and Western Europe. In World War II, the USSR annexed Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and East Poland; Finland, Romanian and Lithuanian territories were added in the Hitler-Stalin pact of August 1939.
Communist governments sprang up in Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania and Bulgaria, while Red Army units remained in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Austria. Through outright land grabs or new puppet regimes, Moscow added 390,000 square miles and 90 million people. Greece, Turkey, France and Italy were threatened with communist parties triumphing at the ballot box.
Soviet troops remained in Iran, including the establishment of the People’s Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kurdish People’s Republic. Mao Tse-tung’s People’s Liberation Army and Chiang Kai-shek were in power; Stalinist Kim Il Sung was in power in North Korea.
The Soviet sphere of power included all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern Europe: Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sophia. (From the book “1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America,” by David Pietruza.)
The various People’s Republics of Horror lasted, for the most part, until the late 1980s, with 40 long years of pain and deprivation, and many millions displaced or murdered by these regimes. Then the curtain fell, the USSR collapsed, the repression lifted in most of Europe and trust in freedom once again sprang to life.
Yet today – as then – capitalism and the agents of liberty remain the target. In America our flag is scorned, our history now gutted of its glory and truth in our schools, yet throughout that dark history leading up to World War II and during the Cold War, with the absence of capitalism, inhabitants were robbed of all liberty.
Today, less than a century later, and with what this quick sketch of history provides, one wonders why there’s no people’s liberation from communism, socialism, Marxism and fascism, but reality instead points to a world set on anarchist revolution, the consequences of which can only end in slavery and servitude for the world’s masses, including the U.S.A.
The real “farce” (Letter to the editor: Pot dispensaries are a farce, Nov. 20) is requiring sick people to pay extortion money to government for protection from police for using the relatively safe God-given plant (see the first page of the Bible) cannabis (marijuana).
The real farce is in caging responsible adult humans for using the plant (and it’s commendable Ed Rosenberg has no issue with what an adult does in their home with marijuana). The real farce is that free American farmers may not grow hemp but communist Chinese farmers can and America’s greatest foreign debt is with China.
Cannabis prohibition, persecution and extermination is the real farce and one of America’s worst policy failures in history.
In 2012, Colorado citizens may well get another golden opportunity to vote and legalize the plant cannabis and end the farce. God knows cannabis should have never been prohibited from the beginning.
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