I really enjoyed reading both parts of this article.
This stopped me dead in my tracks, though.
"It obviously makes a big difference, however,
when the surrounding political culture is not only avowedly
democratic (as was the Soviet Unions), but functionally so. "
posted on 08/28/2002 3:43:16 PM PDT
Why does that stop you in your tracks? The colonel is simply saying that, while the Soviets paid lip service to (avowed) democratic values, the Soviet Union did not "function" as a democracy.
posted on 08/28/2002 4:44:01 PM PDT
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