May 14, 2005

"Kevin. It was for me, and people like me"

Minh-Duc reflects on the way lefty intellectuals freaked over Bush's apology for Yalta, and has an answer for them....

...But most of those people are dead [writes Kevin Drum]. So who was the reference aimed at? Not just the Latvians, that's for sure. Bush is a master of using codewords in his speeches, and inserting Yalta into this speech wasn't a casual decision. It was there for someone. Who?
Kevin. It was for me, and people like me. The little people who had to live the consequence of power politic between the giants. For the people of Latvia and Eastern Europe who had to live under Communism, it is not easy to forget the event that lead to their immeasurable suffering. They were freed just recently; the wall just came down in 1989. Most of them still have painful and fresh memory of those day.

Unlike liberal Western academics, I did not have the luxury of studying tyranny as an academic subject from afar; my experiene with it was close and personal. I was only one year old when the Paris Peace Accord was signed. To this day I am still bitter about it. It was long ago for most people, mere history. But it is fresh in my memory since I had to live it. For most of my childhood, I lived under Communisst tyranny, the one that born out of Paris 1973. I still remember having to listen to VOA and BBC clandestinely, having to turn the volumn just enough so that it can only be heard if I put my ears next to the speaker. I still remember the food shortage of the late 70's and 80's, the one that result in my malnutrition. I still remember growing up for years without my father, for he was in jail. I still remember the fears and paranoia of living under a police state....

Whole buncha people want these things forgotten. It's just history, ho hum, boring, much better to study things that are relevant, and up-to-date. Couple billion people had to live in the poverty and misery of totalitarian police states? It just happened, dammit, and it was decades ago, and there's no connection! No connection between a certain philosophy and mass-murder and tyranny. And anybody who suggests it is obviously a fascist. So there...

Posted by John Weidner at May 14, 2005 2:28 PM
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