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Happy Reykjavik Day
History ^ | October 12, 1986 | Self

Posted on 10/12/2006 11:08:30 AM PDT by Physicist

Twenty years ago this very day, President Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union.

On the morning of October 12, 1986, it seemed as if the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were on the brink of sweeping reductions in their nuclear arsenal. President Reagan's refusal to abandon SDI caused the talks to collapse.

This locked the Soviets into continuing an arms race that they could not afford, could not win, and could not abandon, dooming their empire to eventual collapse.

The results of the SDI program President Reagan refused to abandon could well save our lives from North Korean aggression.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: coldwar; generationreagan; genreagan; genx; gorbachev; reagan; reaganlegacy; reykjavik; sovietunion
This isn't really an excerpt, but a vanity: the link leads to a contemporary WaPo article about the summit.

Happy Reykjavik Day to everyone.

1 posted on 10/12/2006 11:08:30 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist
I realized the significance of this date yesterday. At a book fair, I happened to buy a Soviet pamphlet containing General Secretary Gorbachev's thoughts on the failure of the summit. I realized upon reading it that the opening date of the summit was exactly 20 years before. Quite a trophy.
2 posted on 10/12/2006 11:11:44 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist
Great point about Ronaldus Magnus.

As to the technicalities of the posting, what would have been wrong about posting a brief abstract from the WaPo, simply noting the anniversary - then making your editorial comment as the first reply? You could have put your own title in brackets. Whatever. Peace.


3 posted on 10/12/2006 11:15:12 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Physicist

Excellent idea, posting that contemporaneous article.


4 posted on 10/12/2006 11:17:00 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (We didn't have air conditioned schools, we had ROCKS! And we LIKED it!! ;>)
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To: Physicist

Does anyone else think this article rambles on and on and repeats the same thing over and over? How many times did we have to read how sad and disappointed everyone was? Ick.


5 posted on 10/12/2006 11:28:15 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
The link was an afterthought as I was hitting the Post button.
6 posted on 10/12/2006 11:44:08 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: RadioAstronomer
Ping
7 posted on 10/12/2006 11:45:37 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist

If it's Iceland there should be a plethora of Icelandic babes posted on this thread.

So . . . . where are they?


8 posted on 10/12/2006 11:48:29 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Physicist

Thanks for the ping. :-)


9 posted on 10/12/2006 11:49:00 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Physicist

Most folks have no clue how important this was for the cold war. This was the real turning point.


10 posted on 10/12/2006 11:50:02 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Physicist
The contingent agreement reached by the two sides would have reduced all strategic strike forces by 50 percent in the first five years. In the following five years all ballistic missiles on both sides would have been eliminated.

Ummm? ALL ballistic missiles? Gee, that's nuts...and unverifiable.

11 posted on 10/12/2006 11:53:50 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: qam1

Gen Reagan PING


12 posted on 10/12/2006 12:09:34 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Physicist
Icelandic girls are supposed to be the best looking in the world, so another reason for: HAPPY REYKJAVIK DAY!!!


13 posted on 10/12/2006 12:16:09 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Physicist

©2002 Pete Souza

 

14 posted on 10/12/2006 12:17:31 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

It's the only Icelandic chick that I know of.

15 posted on 10/12/2006 12:18:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Physicist

BTTT


16 posted on 10/12/2006 12:19:25 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: dfwgator

Bjork is a fruitcake. But she is pretty.


17 posted on 10/12/2006 12:27:25 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: EQAndyBuzz
And she can sing (and shriek) wonderfully.
18 posted on 10/12/2006 12:40:45 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: AnalogReigns

That's what I thought the thread was about.


19 posted on 10/12/2006 12:45:16 PM PDT by PfromHoGro (Lets roll!)
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To: Physicist

The leftist media claimed it was the darkest day and biggest failure for Reagan. Later we found out the Soviets were paying off the media to say that.


20 posted on 10/12/2006 12:45:33 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

We need pictures of Icelanders.


21 posted on 10/12/2006 12:46:20 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: weegee; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; ...
Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.

22 posted on 10/12/2006 1:01:32 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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Gads. Is every thread about how you hate Boomers?


23 posted on 10/12/2006 2:37:53 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I like some of her ouvre and I always got a kick out of how atypical she looked for an Icelandic chick: short, dark-haired and chipmunk-cheeked rather than tall, blonde, high-cheekboned, etc.


24 posted on 10/12/2006 6:43:38 PM PDT by sinanju (s)
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To: Physicist

And on this day in 1986 I turned 19! Happy birthday to me :-)


25 posted on 10/13/2006 6:41:15 AM PDT by Moleman
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Awesome... Iceland is on my to-travel-to list (hopefully late Spring '07).

paraphrased from Mr. President: I've signed legislation outlawing Russia... we bigin bombing in 5 minutes.

Classic!

26 posted on 10/13/2006 6:46:31 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: dfwgator
In Iceland I am sure that she is considered extremely exotic and desirable. (Hell, that would apply here.)
27 posted on 10/13/2006 8:03:22 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: AppyPappy

Ha! The Soviets were such idiots. I'm sure the media would have done it for free.


28 posted on 10/14/2006 6:12:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
The three most beutiful Icelandic girls of 2005 (of those that participated in the pagant), one of wich became the beuty queen of the world:

One of the most famous Icelanders:



Our version of Reagan and Thatcher:



Some proud Icelanders on a football match I presume (You can´t deny the beuty of this flag):



Icelandic childrens celebrating in traditional clothes:



And what you have propably been waiting for:


29 posted on 10/15/2006 6:20:57 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Physicist

Great post!!!! Changing my tag-line for today to my favorite quote; my me!


30 posted on 10/16/2006 7:42:13 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle (If Gandhi were President instead of Ronald Regan, we would be calling one another "Comrade" now.)
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To: bigjoesaddle

My me = By me. Geesh.


31 posted on 10/16/2006 7:43:04 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle (If Gandhi were President instead of Ronald Regan, we would be calling one another "Comrade" now.)
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