Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]

Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

Trade embargo won’t promote change in Cuba

By Freedom Newspapers Frederic Bastiat is credited with saying, “If goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” He knew the best way to keep nations on speaking terms with one another was trade. It’s difficult for a nation to foment distrust of and anger with another nation when the people of both rely on one another […]

Despite flaws, Yeltsin had marks of true hero

By Freedom Newspapers Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, […]

Sensitivity plan won’t appease terrorists

Walter Williams President Bush’s foreign-policy critics at home and abroad share characteristics and visions that have previously led to worldwide chaos and untold loss of lives. These people believe that negotiation, appeasement and caving in to the demands of vicious totalitarian leaders can produce good-faith behavior. Their vision not only has a long record of […]

Reagan gave the world hope

Few men in modern times have changed American politics as significantly as did President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In some ways his death at age 93 was a relief. There was something inordinately sad about seeing a man with such a sharp wit, and with such glorious […]

Faith brings comfort when nothing else will

Judy Brandon Many years ago, author Gary Thomas wrote an account in Christianity Today that touched the hearts of many readers. He wrote of an account in George Bush’s term as Vice President when the then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died. Vice President Bush represented the United States at Brezhnev’s state funeral in Moscow. This […]

Latin America could be a silent enemy

By Mona Charen The global war on terror has scored huge successes thus far. Pakistan, once an open supporter of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has done an abrupt about face and now cooperates with the United States in tracking and capturing Al Qaeda. To date, Pakistan has arrested more than 500 terrorists. Yemen, Jordan […]

China seeking to erode freedom in Hong Kong

Six years ago, when Great Britain handed Hong Kong to mainland China, optimists predicted Hong Kong’s freedoms would pull China in a freer direction. Pessimists argued that China’s communist government would consume Hong Kong. Last month, after 350,000 people poured into the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed anti-subversion law favored by the […]

Charen tome exposes ‘useful idiots’

Thomas Sowell The term “useful idiots” has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen’s new book “Useful Idiots” shows that such people are still with us. Long after the Soviet Union’s horrors […]

At the end, Jesus becomes significant

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, author Gary Thomas wrote an account in “Christianity Today” that touched the hearts of many readers. He wrote of an account in George Bush’s term as vice president when the then-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died. Bush was sent to Brezhnev’s state funeral in Moscow to represent the United States. […]