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The Nation Celebrates the Fall of Communism by … Celebrating Communism!

November 9, 2009

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It’s the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as important to the 20th Century as the victory over Germany and Japan — probably more so, since Nazism was not an ideology with hundreds of millions of followers in the West and throughout the Free World that Communism had.

Among them were the editors of The Nation who open their anniversary feature — a fawning interview with the last Soviet dictator, Mikhail Gorbachev, with these fatuous but also sinister remarks:

“Historic events quickly generate historical myths. In the United States it is said that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of a divided Europe was caused by a democratic revolution in Eastern Europe or by American power, or both.”

So, according to The Nation (actually Katrina vanden Heuvel and her husband who conducted the interview,) the Czechs’ velvet revolution, Poland’s Solidarity movement, Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher, America’s military buildup, Nato, the anti-communist cold warriors and the forty year containment of an expansionist totalitarian power had nothing to do with the frustration and collapse of Soviet power, the end of the Cold War and the liberation of more than a billion people from the worst tyranny in history. Instead, according to The Nation, the story has a Communist hero. Contrary to the myths concocted by the democracies of the West, it was really the dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who described his own agenda as “saving Communism” (not to mention a man collusive in its monstrous crimes) whom we are to regard as the hero of the age.

And in case that didn’t register, The Nation’s editors dot the i’s and cross the t’s:

With the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching, we believed that the leader most responsible for that historic event should be heard, on his own terms, in the United States.

So, the Soviet dictator, unprompted, just decided to let the prisoners of the Soviet empire go free.

And now for that bridge that’s for sale.

But of course this is not really a laughing matter. The Nation’s deep hatred for America, for its institutions and above all its freedoms, is on display here and underscores why the Nation is also in the forefront of the movement to disarm America in the face of its Islamist enemies, undermine its security and deliver us to the mercies of the soldiers of Allah.

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20 Comments
  1. John Davidson permalink
    November 9, 2009 11:49 am

    The physical wall came down, while it’s spirit remained intact.

  2. FelixPrismus permalink
    November 9, 2009 12:32 pm

    The Nation is just another missionary for the religions of peace, Islam and Communism.

  3. In the Know permalink
    November 9, 2009 12:36 pm

    Not ONE mention of the man who stood up to them. I will say it for you lefty trolls. He may be dead but you fear his message so much you try and ignore him any chance you get. Ronald Reagan. God bless him and this country.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 9, 2009 1:30 pm

      Amen, and may he rest in peace, but let his legacy guide us in the future.

  4. Truthteller permalink
    November 9, 2009 1:18 pm

    “The man who stood up to them?” Are you talking about that hilarious and empty call “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” Talk about lack of gravitas, it was a pure embarrassment. Of course, because the West tried to sabotage Gorby as quickly as possible, we ended up with Yeltsin, who initiated an economic disaster, followed by Putin. Lovely bed we made….

    • In the Know permalink
      November 9, 2009 1:46 pm

      Ladies and gentelmen, I present to you exhibit A:

      ” Of course, because the West tried to sabotage Gorby…”

      I guess he was a nice dictator? Do you understand the concept of an enemy? Do you know how one became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union? Do you think they were elected by popular vote? Were they held accountable for their actions by the people? Your preamble implies Gorbachev was one of the good guys. Then again, depending on your perspective, maybe he was.

    • NickMauro permalink
      November 9, 2009 11:03 pm

      Truthteller? Hardly.

      The inmates of those Eastern European prisons (labeled Socialist Republics by their overlords in the Kremlin) threw off their chains en masse when it became obvious Gorbachev’s kinder, gentler communism was a lame attempt to salvage the decay and failure of That Old Time Communism.

      BTW, Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” was actually directed to the millions of people repressed by “that wall” – in both its concrete and ideological forms – and not your “Gorby”. Those people heard that clear call to Freedom. And in an historical instant those millions of people threw off the effect of decades of Statist propaganda, intimidation and brute oppression to take control of their own lives.

    • NickMauro permalink
      November 9, 2009 11:12 pm

      The inmates of those Eastern European prisons (labeled Socialist Republics by their ruling betters) threw off their chains en masse when it became obvious Gorbachev’s kinder, gentler communism was a lame attempt to salvage the decay and failure of That Old Time Communism.

      BTW, Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” was actually directed to the millions of people repressed by “that wall” – in both its concrete and ideological forms – and not your “Gorby”. Those people heard that clear call to Freedom. And in an historical instant those millions of people threw off the effect of decades of Statist propaganda, intimidation and brute oppression to take control of their own lives.

    • November 9, 2009 11:17 pm

      Let me get the reasoning here. Are we better off or worse now that the Soviet Union is no more?

  5. canucklehead permalink
    November 9, 2009 1:29 pm

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, if you haven’t had the privilege of seeing her on CNN is one of the most strident, repulsive and urepentant communists you’ll ever see.

    She actually makes the hair on my neck stand up. She’s incredibly shrill, sanctimonious, and completely mired in leftist dogma. She makes Michael Moore seem reasonable. She’s also a hater…

    It doesn’t surprise me that they’d trot out such nonsense… They can try, but they will not rewrite history. Maybe on some of the campuses they will.

    • politicalmoxie permalink
      November 10, 2009 10:51 am

      @ canucklehead

      Thank you for knowing who Katrina vanden Heuvel is. What a waste of…sorry, Mr. Swindle will not post if I finish this comment.

  6. Alex Kreynin permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:43 pm

    Reagan, first and foremost, is responsible for the fall of Communism. Even in Russia people acknowledge that. I happened to be a Russian immigrant myself, and I would not be here had it not been for the efforts of Ronald Reagan. What is messed up is that Gorbachev and Reagan are both responsible for ending the Cold War, yet Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize and Reagan did not. Nixon, in my view, also deserved the Nobel for greatly improving relations with the Communist world. Yet he was also cheated. And Barak Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize just for looking pretty! Where is the fairness in that?

    • betty boop permalink
      November 10, 2009 5:48 am

      Bravo Alex. Your perspective is so important. Sadly, these fools who would forget, or never learned history may learn it firsthand at their own peril. Perhaps they think they are insulating themselves from coming harm. Scary times. Keep telling people what you know- your voice needs to be heard.

  7. Carolyn Lesh permalink
    November 9, 2009 4:34 pm

    ‘Listen up’ all you pampered left-wing socialist/communists who romance the ideal of oppression…..you sow the seeds of your destruction.

  8. Ez4moi permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:39 pm

    Utopia your name is The Nation. Hollow people seek meaning there only to be filled with their self importance. Tragically failing time after time with their crackpot economics and social engineering, they move on. No lie is too large, no outcome too grave as the denizens lust for power.

    The shining edifice the Progressive would erect is on top of tombs inscribed with Here Lies Liberty, Here Lies Happiness, and Here Lay Lives of Broken People.

    Upon this magnificent edifice writ large are the words Our Hope Burned Bright With The Trying; No Sacrifice Too Great Or Small Was Not Asked Of The Masses.

  9. Freeme permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:53 am

    Let’s simplify the solution for all Comrades who crave Communism. There are other countries to which you can flee and live your dream of serfdom. We’ll help you pack! When shall we start?

    • politicalmoxie permalink
      November 10, 2009 10:58 am

      @ Freeme

      RIGHT ON…Long ago,I suggested the WH name a RELO(relocation) CZAR. I asked for the position at a yearly salary of $1.00.

  10. Van Gommes permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:03 am

    Yeah, maybe Reagan helped, só Gorby with his misunderstood of the problema, but the real reason why the wall fall was pointed out by Ludwig von Mises in 1919. He had said the socialism wil not work due the economic callculation. Instead one can try it, but wil colecte only desaster and misery till reach one day the end

  11. November 10, 2009 6:34 am

    RONLAD REAGAN WON THE COLD WAR

    Wasn’t it Gorby who said that “Ronald Reagan spent the Soviet Union into bankruptcy? And that Reagan’s walkout at Reykjavik opened his eyes and made him see “that a new world was possible?” And wasn’t it Gorby who said in 2002 on the History Channel “That without Ronald Reagan I do not know what would have happened?” The truth is as Ted Kennedy said in a moment of historical honesty and sobriety: “RONLAD REAGAN WON THE COLD WAR!”

  12. peachey permalink
    November 10, 2009 11:38 am

    The title that “The Nation” magazine carries begs the question as to what “nation” they represent? Nothing said by the Van Den Heuvels surprises me. They are predictable rabid communists, made hysterical by their feelings of imminent failure to convince the world that the institution of a world-wide communist government will resolve all of mankinds problems.The belief of a lock-step, one color, one voice, one government in control of the population meets their definition of perfection and utopia. Their anger and disgust with mankind is at finest as seen in their error-riddled diatribes focused on rewritting history and diverting attention from the value of American institutions and freedoms. I no longer am surprised at the lengths that they will go to undermine the values and freedoms we have. Embracing the enemies of freedom is to form an unholy alliance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. We certainly are their targets and enemy. But, what do I know. I will sit back and let them speak for themselves. They do a much better job exposing their true inner evil than I ever could.

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