This maroon gets so much fairly right, it is incredible he demeans himself with the disinformation in this paragraph. Walesa was INDEED an important part of nailing the coffin of the USSR closed, but somehow maroon has not absorbed the extremely important role of the Polish-raised pope in that process. Reagan and Thatcher were, however, the engine that drove their self-absorbed militaristism into bankrupting their economy. The combination of Western influence, yearnings for freedom, and inability to match the economic/military engine of the United States and her allies was what sounded the death knell for the USSR. Without the enormous millstone Reagan's military rebuilding forced upon the necks of the USSR it is very hard to say how much longer the collapse of the country would have taken, if, indeed, it had ever come. Those who were closest to the situation in the halls of the Kremlin give the greatest credit, or blame, to Reagan, not Walesa. It is only the conservative-hating liberals who are unable to admit this.