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
Okay. What we seem to have here, correct me if I am wrong,
is a word that has two opposite and contradictory meanings.
Main Entry: avow.ed.ly
1 : with open acknowledgment : FRANKLY
2 : by unsupported assertion or profession alone : ALLEGEDLY
Frankly and openly acknowledged means the USSR was a democracy.
Allegedly means it was only by assertion.
posted on 08/28/2002 4:51:41 PM PDT
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