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    07/03/2016 12:16:31 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    After the Cold War ended, the Polish government made public classified Soviet documents that revealed the likely war plan. The plan, known as “Seven Days to the Rhine,” was the basis of 1979 military exercise that assumed NATO as the aggressor, having nuked a series of twenty-five targets in Poland, including Warsaw and the port of Gdansk. The cover story of countering aggression was a mere fig leaf for the true nature of the anticipated conflict: a bolt-from-the-blue Soviet attack against NATO.
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • Second 9/11 Hijacker Tied to Abu Nidal, Iraq

    12/22/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by truthandlife · 37 replies · 355+ views ^ | 12/22/03 | Carl Limbacher
    When the London Telegraph reported last week that newly uncovered documents link 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta to Iraq-based Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, it wasn't the first time one of the 9/11 hijackers had been reported to have such ties. In a development that adds evidence to the case that Iraq played a direct role in the worst attack ever on the U.S., reports show that Ziad Jarrah - who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers had discovered they were on a suicide mission - also had ties to Nidal. Like Atta, Jarrah traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul II with new statue

    07/14/2012 1:50:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish officials unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday, honoring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime...
  • The World War Three Files

    02/26/2012 1:24:46 AM PST · by U-238 · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Donovan Sanderbrook
    March 1981, and inside 10 Downing Street, Margaret Thatcher is confronting the most terrible dilemma any British Prime Minister has ever faced. The news could hardly be worse. Across Britain, tens of thousands of terrified people are streaming out of the major cities. Looting is widespread, while every day brings bomb attacks at railway stations and RAF bases. Abroad, the Red Army has sliced through the West’s defences, using chemical weapons to punch through Nato’s front lines. Yugoslavia has fallen, and West Germany and Norway are on the verge of succumbing. After four days of Russian air raids, killing hundreds...
  • Russia arrests Polish reporters at plane wreckage

    10/01/2010 6:20:01 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    AP via Google ^ | October 1, 2010
    WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Foreign Ministry says Russia has arrested three Polish journalists at the site of a plane crash where President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died in April. ... The all-news station TVN24 said one of its reporters was among those arrested, and that the group had been observing and filming the wreckage.
  • U.S. Seeks an Albatross — or 3 — for Afghanistan

    07/08/2010 6:30:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 6+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nathan Hodge
    One of the more unusual stories about the war in Afghanistan is the creation of the Afghan air force. In hopes of building a more self-sufficient Afghan military, the U.S. government has been buying up aircraft from its former Cold War rivals. Rugged Russian Mi-17 helicopters are at the top of the Pentagon’s wish list, but the interest in ex-Warsaw Pact aircraft is not just limited to choppers. The Navy is currently in the market to buy three L-39C Albatros planes for the Afghan military. The Albatros – that’s the correct Czech spelling – is a subsonic jet that can...
  • Obama Climate Czarina Was Member of Socialist Group's Environmental Commission

    01/15/2009 12:40:19 PM PST · by lewisglad · 10 replies · 771+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/15/09
    WASHINGTON -- Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be his climate czarina, served until last summer as a member of a socialist organization whose mission is to enact progressive government policies, including toward environmental concerns like climate change. Browner's name and biography have been scrubbed from the Web site of Socialist International, the umbrella group for 170 "social democratic, socialist and labor parties" in 55 countries. But a photo of Browner speaking in Greece to the group's Congress on June 30 remained in the site's archives. Browner, formerly the longest serving administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, having served...
  • Obama backer avoids DNC following Corsi book release

    09/03/2008 8:35:59 PM PDT · by hope · 17 replies · 350+ views
    WND ^ | 9-3-08
    WorldNetDaily staff reporter and columnist Jerome Corsi's book "The Obama Nation" contributed to a decision by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga not to accept Sen. Barack Obama's invitation to attend the Democratic National Convention, according to a prominent Kenyan newspaper. "The cancellation of the trip by Mr. Odinga comes hot on the heels of the publication of a book that is being used to attack Mr. Obama in which the PM [Prime Minister] features," wrote Kenya's Daily Nation. "The book, The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi depicts Mr. Obama as a covert sympathizer of radical Islam and communism." "In the...
  • Georgia to pull out of CIS - Saakashvili

    08/12/2008 6:56:15 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 73 replies · 301+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 12, 2008
    MOSCOW, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said on Tuesday he would pull his country out of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) grouping ex-Soviet states, Russian news agencies reported. "We are leaving the CIS for good and propose that other countries leave this body run by Russia," Interfax news agency said Saakashvili told a big rally in his support outside Georgia's parliament
  • Blowback from Moscow

    11/30/2007 12:25:11 PM PST · by OldCorps · 68 replies · 84+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | Nov 30, 2007 | Pat Buchanan
    Our next president will likely face a Russia led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, determined to stand up to a West Russians believe played them for fools when they sought to be friends. We pushed NATO into Moscow's face, bringing six ex-Warsaw Pact nations and three ex-Soviet republics – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – into our Cold War alliance and plotted to bring in Ukraine and Georgia. We pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty over Moscow's objection, then announced plans to plant ABM radars in the Czech Republic and anti-missile missiles in Poland. Putin has now responded in kind,...
  • Is it a new Warsaw Pact?

    08/26/2007 12:44:39 PM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 347+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | Saturday, August 25, 2007 | Orhan KILERCIOGLU
    Is it a new Warsaw Pact? Saturday, August 25, 2007 Orhan KILERCIOGLU Softened especially after the collapse of Soviets, East-West relations have undoubtedly been able to take a breather. Notably, no long-term tensions have occurred in U.S.-Russian relations in this period. Some disturbance between Russia and China, who remain relatively silent before the U.S. as only super power, was experienced when the "Shanghai Cooperation Organization" (SCO) came to the agenda. Left uneasy by the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle Eastern project, Russia threatened missile retaliation against the U.S. construction of a missile shield in Europe, found itself...
  • A Date Worth Remembering: August 20, 1968 (Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia)

    08/19/2007 11:46:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Student Operated Press ^ | August 19, 2007 | Krzys Wasilewski
    A Date Worth Remembering: August 20, 1968 by Krzys Wasilewski On August 20, 1968, the forces of the Warsaw Pact crossed the borders of Czechoslovakia to provide “fraternal help,” or rather, reinstate a hard-line communist regime. In a matter of two weeks, 200,000 soldiers from Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union quenched the liberal rebellion, burying the hopes of easing the Soviet grip in Central Europe for decades. Although it lacked the geographic importance of Poland or East Germany, Czechoslovakia still remained an important place on the map of the USSR’s influence. Shortly after the end of...
  • Warsaw Pact saved the world from nuclear world war

    05/15/2007 11:06:04 AM PDT · by lizol · 30 replies · 1,160+ views ^ | 15.05.2007
    Warsaw Pact saved the world from nuclear world war 15.05.2007 Many tend to demonize the Warsaw Pact nowadays claiming that it cast evil shadow over “the free world.” However, the Pact became the only possible response against the aggressive actions of the then US administration when its efforts resulted in Western Germany’s incorporation in NATO. The union, chaired by the USSR, allowed to keep the fragile balance in the world. On May 14, 1955 governmental delegations of eight countries (the USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania) signed the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual...
  • History of Jihad against the Russians (1444-1918)

    01/28/2007 3:24:51 AM PST · by Islamwatch · 17 replies · 1,200+ views
    islam-watch ^ | 27 Jan, 2007 | History of Jihad
    Russia has suffered terribly at the hands of Islamic terrorism over the centuries and continues suffer today. Yet, Russia is the best friend of the terrorism-exporting Muslim countries. Russia is actively helping Iran towards its ambition to extiprate Israel. Will Russia learn a lesson?
  • The Kremlin's Fashion For Independence Votes

    09/16/2006 5:46:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 390+ views ^ | September 15, 2006 | Victor Yasmann
    There are many reasons to expect Moscow's deteriorating ties with the West will continue their downward trend this autumn. But the key one may be growing differences over the breakaway regions of Transdniester, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia and their stated desire to proclaim independence from Moldova and Georgia. The issue pushing the frozen conflicts to the fore are two independence referendums -- one in Transdniester on September 17, the second in South Ossetia on November 12. Russia, which has acted as a long-term booster for the separatist regions, is looking at the plebescites in two ways: a chance to bring...
  • Warsaw Pact invasion commemorated

    08/22/2006 10:54:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 253+ views
    The Slovak Spectator ^ | August 21, 2006
    Warsaw Pact invasion commemorated TOP Slovak officials including MPs and President Ivan Gasparovic commemorated the 38th anniversary of the invasion of the former Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces on August 21, 1968. Gasparovic laid wreaths at SNP Square and Šafárikovo Square in Bratislava. Two people were killed by the invading troops at these locations - Peter Legner on SNP Square and Danka Košanová on Šafárikovo Square. "This event was a black day in the history of the Slovak nation and of the former Czechoslovakia," Gašparovic said. MPs from the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) were also among the politicians paying...
  • Russian Officials Angered Over Vice President Cheney's Remarks

    05/04/2006 1:02:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 758+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Thursday, May 04, 2006 | AP
    MOSCOW — Russian officials and diplomats reacted angrily Thursday to a summit of former Soviet republics and allies where U.S. criticized Moscow for backtracking on freedom and bullying its neighbors. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin voiced annoyance about the fact that Russia hadn't been invited to the conference of Baltic and Black Sea Fleet ex-Soviet nations and Moscow's former Warsaw Pact allies. "We would like to see Russia figure at the summit as an important positive factor of global politics, not as an object for scrutiny," Karasin told reporters.
  • Museum of Polish CIA spy declared national hero

    05/03/2006 11:31:07 AM PDT · by lizol · 19 replies · 739+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 03.05.2006
    Museum of Polish CIA spy declared national hero 03.05.2006 A museum devoted to colonel Ryszard Kuklinski has been opened in Warsaw’s Old Town district. The ceremony has been hosted by Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who stressed the need to cherish the memory of such patriots as the late colonel Kuklinski. He belonged to that group of Poles who put moral obligations toward their nation above duties to the state, said minister Sikorski. Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski had been one of the top officers of the General Staff in the Polish armed forces during the 19 Seventies in communist Poland, during which...
  • Warsaw Pact attack plans revealed

    04/13/2006 11:14:57 AM PDT · by lizol · 51 replies · 1,592+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 13.04.06 | Krysia Kolosowska
    Warsaw Pact attack plans revealed In the advent of war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, 450,000 Polish troops were to have attacked northern Europe, according to top secret Warsaw Pact files made public in Poland. Krysia Kolosowska reports 13.04.06 Poland’s defense ministry has handed 1,145 files about the Warsaw Pact to the Institute of National Remembrance, a body investigating Nazi and communist era crimes against the Polish nation. One of the documents lays down details of the Warsaw Pact troops attack on NATO member states. Moving in fast strides, Polish troops were expected to occupy Denmark within three...
  • Cold War archives reveal Soviet perfidy

    01/07/2006 5:23:21 AM PST · by lizol · 25 replies · 1,008+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | January 7, 2006 | Andrew Borowiec
    Cold War archives reveal Soviet perfidy By Andrew Borowiec THE WASHINGTON TIMES January 7, 2006 GENEVA -- Secret archives of the now-dissolved Warsaw Pact show that the former Soviet Union was prepared to sacrifice much of Poland in the event of a nuclear war with the West. The Soviet plans for a nuclear war in Europe were among a raft of secret documents that Polish authorities threw open on Thursday to international researchers and to the general public in Warsaw. A cursory study by Polish analysts shows that the deployment of Soviet nuclear weapons would have prompted retaliatory strikes by...
  • Poland reveals Warsaw Pact war plans

    12/30/2005 11:34:07 PM PST · by Windcatcher · 14 replies · 798+ views
    ISN Security Watch ^ | 11/28/2005 | Christopher Findlay
    After only four weeks in office, the Polish right-wing government of Lech Kaczynski has provoked Moscow by releasing Warsaw Pact Cold War-era war game plans and agreeing to publish over 1,700 documents that may embarrass former ally Russia. At a Friday press conference, Polish Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented a map from 1979 showing the expected nuclear strikes across Central Europe under one Warsaw Pact planning scenario for armed conflict with NATO forces. He also signed an order allowing researchers access to Poland’s hitherto secret Warsaw Pact archives, in defiance of a confidentiality agreement among the former alliance members.
  • Chilling chapter from the past

    12/04/2005 4:34:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 881+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    A top secret map for a 1979 Warsaw Pact war game -- titled "Seven Days to the River Rhine" -- was released at a press conference that marked the opening of the Poland's heretofore secret communist-era military intelligence files. It was chilling. The map showed large red mushroom clouds along a line from the Danish border through Germany and Belgium to the French border. They blotted out such cities as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Antwerp and Brussels. Massive SS-20 missiles were being planted in Eastern Europe and aimed at Western cities. (The red mushroom clouds show their destinations.) "Peace rallies" throughout...
  • 'Warsaw Pact' vs. Moscow

    12/04/2005 10:54:52 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 488+ views
    Zaman ^ | December 03, 2005 | Mirza Cetinkaya
    'Warsaw Pact' vs. Moscow By Mirza Cetinkaya Published: Saturday, December 03, 2005 Nine former member countries of the dissolved Warsaw Pact in the post-war era has prepared for a new formation. The first step has been taken in Ukraine, which is currently celebrating the first anniversary of the "orange revolution". Some Baltic, Balkan and Black Sea countries gathered together under the leadership of Ukraine and Georgia, which moved away from the Russian axis after the velvet revolutions, and laid the foundations for "the society of democratic choices" in Ukraine's capital, Kiev. Members of the new formation that Moscow observes with...
  • Polish Archive Reveals Soviet Attack Plan

    12/02/2005 3:13:32 PM PST · by anymouse · 34 replies · 1,130+ views
    NewsMax/Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland -- Poland is risking further strains in relations with Russia by throwing open Cold War-era archives that include a 1979 Soviet retaliation plan that envisaged nuclear strikes on western European cities in the event of a war with NATO. The map foresaw the nuclear annihilation of Poland and was dotted with red mushroom clouds over the German cities of Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and the site of NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. It was revealed Friday by Polish Defense Minister Radek Sikorski, a staunch anti-communist who went into exile in Britain in the 1980s to oppose Poland's Moscow-backed communist...
  • Europe must face ugly truths of communist past

    11/29/2005 9:30:22 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 674+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29 2005 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    Last Friday in Warsaw the world saw for the first time exactly how the Soviet Union intended to fight a nuclear war in Europe. A top secret map for a 1979 Warsaw Pact war game — entitled “Seven Days to the River Rhine” — was published at a press conference that marked the opening up of the Poland's hitherto secret military intelligence files from the communist era. It was a chilling experience. The map showed large red mushroom clouds along a line going from the Danish border down through Germany and Belgium to the French border. They blotted out such...
  • Poland risks ire of Russia over cold war files

    11/25/2005 3:23:08 PM PST · by Lukasz · 92 replies · 1,621+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 25 2005
    Poland on Friday risked inflaming tensions with Russia when it released 1,700 highly sensitive Warsaw Pact files, including a war game exercise that envisaged massive nuclear destruction in western Europe and Poland. The new conservative government in Warsaw wants Poland to deal more firmly with its communist past, and Friday’s opening of military files shows it is prepared to incur Moscow’s wrath and confront those Poles who worked closely with the Soviet Union. Warsaw has already protested to Moscow over plans to build a new Russo-German gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that bypasses Poland, and over Russian restrictions on...
  • World War Three seen through Soviet eyes

    11/26/2005 6:52:47 AM PST · by SpikeMike · 65 replies · 2,177+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 25/11/2005 | David Rennie
    he nightmare of nuclear war in Europe - a spectre that haunted the world for half a century - stood revealed yesterday in terrible detail. In a historic break with the past, Poland's newly elected government threw open its top secret Warsaw Pact military archives - including a 1979 map revealing the Soviet bloc's vision of a seven-day atomic holocaust between Nato and Warsaw Pact forces. The defence minister, Radek Sikorsky, showed off the map at an emotional press conference. He described it as a "personally shattering experience", pointing to a long line of nuclear mushroom clouds neatly stamped along...
  • Revealed: Blair's nuclear bombshell (Trident Missiles)

    10/31/2005 7:47:12 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 36 replies · 1,687+ views
    Tony Blair is facing a political backlash over his decision to order a new generation of nuclear weapons to replace the ageing Trident fleet at a cost of billions of pounds. Rebel Labour MPs will meet tomorrow to coordinate their fight against his plans, which seem set to provoke one of the biggest shows of opposition to Mr Blair from inside his own party since the start of the Iraq war. Opposition to an updated version of Trident goes far beyond MPs who object to nuclear weapons on principle. It includes senior figures in the military, who question whether this...
  • Strongman sorry for Prague Spring

    08/21/2005 2:33:19 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 441+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 22, 2005
    Strongman sorry for Prague Spring From correspondents in Prague August 22, 2005 FORMER Polish communist strongman, Wojciech Jaruzelski, has apologised to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Poland's role in the Soviet-led invasion in August 1968 that crushed a pro-democracy movement. "I have felt bad, I have been tormented by that," said Jaruzelski during a broadcast on Czech public television, 37 years to the day after the invasion of then Czechoslovakia. Troops from the Soviet Union and four former Warsaw Pact countries squashed the so-called "Prague Spring", a movement led by Slovak reformer Alexander Dubcek that tried to put "a...
  • The Paper Trail New details about Soviet Cold War intentions

    05/22/2005 9:24:29 AM PDT · by spanalot · 7 replies · 500+ views
    US News ^ | 5/22/05 | By Alex Kingsbury
    What was most surprising about the papers? These military plans and after-action reports show how unrealistic the Soviets were in planning for conflicts that included nuclear launches. Military planners assumed that cities like Munich, Vienna, and other major urban centers would be obliterated by nuclear weapons, yet within a matter of days they assumed that Warsaw Pact forces would be able to sweep through those areas with no ill effects. It's very clear that they completely glossed over the reality of what it would mean to be marching through a nuclear wasteland. It's only in 1987--after the Chernobyl accident--that a...
  • Payouts due for Prague victims

    05/14/2005 10:37:32 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 340+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 13 May, 2005
    Payouts due for Prague victims Soviet tanks remained in Czechoslovakia until 1991 Victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia are to receive compensation from the Czech government. President Vaclav Klaus approved a law allowing descendants of those killed to ask for a one-off payment of up to 150,000 koruna (£3,400 or 5,000 euros). Those injured or raped by members of the invading armies between 20 August 1968 and 27 June 1991 can claim around 70,000 koruna (£1,587 or 2,331 euros). The 1968 invasion put an abrupt end to the "Prague Spring" liberal reforms. Moscow feared liberalisation in Czechoslovakia would...
  • The Warsaw Pact, gone with a whimper

    05/14/2005 10:32:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 356+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2005 | Malcolm Byrne and Vojtech Mastny
    The Warsaw Pact, gone with a whimper Malcolm Byrne and Vojtech Mastny International Herald Tribune SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2005 Fifty years ago, with great fanfare in the Soviet bloc, the Warsaw Pact came into being. During its 36 years, it became one of the most feared military machines in history, the embodiment of international Communist aggression, and the sword of Damocles threatening World War III. But fearsome as it appeared in the eyes of the West - and indeed in the experiences of millions of citizens of the Communist countries - was the Warsaw Pact ultimately as dangerous as its...
  • Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga: Rights and Remembrance

    05/07/2005 5:27:14 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 49 replies · 893+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2005 | President Vaira Vike-Freiberga
    RIGA, Latvia -- As the president of a country that suffered immensely under Soviet and Nazi rule, I recently faced a dilemma. I had to decide whether to accept an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend a rally in Moscow on Monday. That is the date when Russia traditionally celebrates its military victory over Nazi Germany, and this year is particularly significant, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Numerous heads of state and government, including George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder and Silvio Berlusconi, had already said they...
  • In Rumsfeld's defense, by Newt Gingrich

    12/22/2004 11:47:17 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,010+ views ^ | December 22, 2004 | Newt Gingrich
    ...Even during ongoing military campaigns, Mr. Rumsfeld never wavered from his transformational objectives.... Mr. Rumsfeld, with the brilliant leadership of General Schoomaker, was able to move personnel from noncombat to combat units, enabling them with additional reorganization to create 15 newly restructured combat brigades. Also, because of Mr. Rumsfeld's successful plan, our military is more flexible, more agile and better able to fight unconventional enemies. A new civilian personnel system was designed to reward merit, reduce force stress and replace a bureaucratic culture of risk aversion with one of innovation. Moreover, he was able to move military personnel out of...
  • The FReeper Foxhole's TreadHead Tuesday - The BMP Infantry Fighting Vehicles - Jul. 13th, 2004

    07/13/2004 12:00:10 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 146 replies · 6,499+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Was Reagan the First Neocon?

    06/14/2004 4:57:30 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 41 replies · 518+ views ^ | 06-14-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Was Reagan the 1st neoconservative? Posted: June 14, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Would Ronald Reagan have invaded Iraq? Would he have declared a doctrine of preventive war to keep any rival nation from rising to where it might challenge us? Would he have crusaded for "world democratic revolution"? Was Reagan the first neoconservative? This claim has been entered in the wake of his death. Yet, it seems bogus, a patent forgery, a fabricated claim to the Reagan legacy, worked up in the same shop where they made the documents proving Saddam was buying up all...
  • Trio rips Castro's regime in letter

    09/17/2003 10:55:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2003 | By Francis Harris
    <p>LONDON &#8212; The heroes of Eastern Europe's anti-communist movement denounced Fidel Castro's "Stalinist" regime in Cuba yesterday and demanded action from the West to encourage its peaceful overthrow.</p> <p>Former Polish President Lech Walesa, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Hungarian President Arpad Goncz made their call in a letter to the Daily Telegraph and several other leading European newspapers.</p>
  • Velvet President Why Vaclav Havel is our era’s George Orwell and more.

    04/23/2003 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Reason ^ | May 2003 | Matt Welch
    Last fall, as the United States rumbled toward war against Saddam Hussein, literary reviews and higher-brow magazines wrestled with an intriguing if unlikely hypothetical: What would George Orwell say if he were here today? Christopher Hitchens, the fire-breathing British journalist who kick-started the discussion with his book Why Orwell Matters, suggested that a contemporary Eric Blair "would have seen straight through the characters who chant ‘No War On Iraq’" and helped the rest of us to "develop the fiber to call Al-Qaeda what it actually is." Washington Post book reviewer George Scialabba stated confidently that "Orwell would associate himself with...
  • Ex-Warsaw pact nations now key to U.S.

    02/03/2003 5:13:00 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 773+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Februari 03 2003 | Steven Komarow/USA Today
    BERLIN -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's blast against what he called ''old Europe'' allies puts an edge on what's been happening anyway: The U.S. military is relying more on central and eastern Europe. Training of Iraqi rebels that began over the weekend in Hungary is the latest example. From training sites to air bases, former Warsaw Pact nations are increasingly important to U.S. military operations. Rumsfeld's ''old Europe'' jibe came during a recent meeting with international journalists. When questioned about the apparent split between the United States and two major allies over the U.S. push to invade Iraq, he said...
  • A New Security System for the "Common European Home" and Soviet Access to Western Technology

    03/12/2002 2:51:30 PM PST · by Askel5 · 252+ views
    Muskingum College ^ | J. Ransom Clarke
    Excerpted from ... The Literature of Intelligence:A Bibliography of Materials,with Essays, Reviews, and CommentsJ. Ransom ClarkVice President for AdministrationMuskingum College The Common European Home The slogan of the quot;Common European Homequot; was actually put forward as early as November 23, 1981 by CPSU General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev in a speech in Bonn, West Germany. Mikhail Gorbachev made it a key principle of Soviet foreign policy in a major speech in Prague in April 1986. As with many of the slogans of quot;new thinking,quot; the details of what the Soviets understood the quot;Common European Homequot; to mean were not explicitly stated....