- Mar 11, 2001
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From Titliest on SOCNET
History is a great teacher. Reagan didn’t play footsies with dictators. He knew human nature. He knew evil. He knew who was wrong. He knew the dictators were bad regardless of whether we were nice. Not condemning them wouldn’t make them behave better.
Let me give me just one example, which is most appropriate right now: Poland, the heart of the Soviet communist bloc. The crackdown ensuing in Iran has many similarities to what happened to the Solidarity movement in Poland after martial law was declared in December 1981.
After martial law, an unceasing stream of words and covert activity and aid (billions of dollars worth) — done in coordination with Pope John Paul II’s Vatican — began flowing to the Solidarity underground from the Oval Office. The stream turned into a tidal wave, and Reagan didn’t stop until the levee broke.
The words alone, which constituted a powerful source of moral support for Poland’s freedom fighters, were so ubiquitous that the final index to the Reagan Presidential Documents — the official collection of all presidential statements — lists references to Solidarity or Poland on 216 pages, with multiple references on most pages. In these, Reagan stood as an unflagging champion of Solidarity, serving up stinging rebukes of Soviet or Polish communist government actions.
Reagan had geopolitical intentions in mind. He made a commitment to save and sustain the Polish freedom fighters as the wedge to splinter the Soviet bloc; they were the crack in the Iron Curtain, and Reagan wanted to be the crowbar. It turned out that bad news in Poland was good news for freedom: In Reagan’s mind, the ugliness that was the crackdown afforded beautiful possibilities.
Iran today, at this very moment, stands at a critical juncture much like Poland in December 1981. In fact, the current White House would be well-served to go back and read how the Reagan White House reacted after martial law was declared on December 13, 1981.
Tragically, the POTUS is not doing what Reagan did. Aside from underground aid and activity, even mere public declarations of moral support would be significant. What’s he afraid of? Could Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamist theocrats running this Jew-hating, nuke-craving, terrorist state be any worse? Though you wouldn’t know it from this President's sycophantic American press, Ahmadinejad has already made a fool of the President since the day he stepped into office.
What a genuine tragedy of history that the world has gotten its two most significant shake-ups in Iran under Jimmy Carter and now Barack Obama, and not under a Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.
In the late 1970s, Carter had essentially given the green light to the would-be mullahs who wanted to overthrow the Shah. Now, this President, through his silent complicity, has given a green light to the enshrined mullahs in their current crackdown against freedom.
This isn’t a surprise. President Obama doesn’t have the necessary understanding — in the heart, the gut, the soul. He doesn’t perceive America — to borrow from Reagan — as “less of a place than an idea.” He doesn’t subscribe to Reagan’s oft-invoked aphorism from Thomas Paine, that America has the power “to begin the world all over again.” He doesn’t see America as that lighthouse, that blowtorch of liberty, that Shining City on a Hill that serves as beacon for the oppressed peoples in captive nations around the world.
President George W. Bush, for all his faults, set this nation, and the wider world, on a course to literally transform human history by remaking the Middle East. The seeds for Bush’s vision for a democratic peace, his openly expressed application of Reagan’s March of Freedom, would be in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he spoke of a March of Freedom igniting in the Middle East, Iran was to be a vital outpost along that path.
And for all his sincere efforts, the left bludgeoned him, joyfully beating him into a pulp — destroyed him. The boiling well of liberal hatred was so vicious, so toxic, gushing into a geyser, that it led to the election of the one presidential candidate who most starkly opposed this inspiring Wilsonian-Reaganesque worldview.
The left got the successor it wanted and deserves.
The American people,IMHO, let us down badly last November. They obliviously elected a president who truly doesn’t seem to get it. We are now reaping what we’ve sown. What a shame, for us, for Iran, for the world. Freedom be damned. IMHO...