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Margaret Thatcher (Was there an Evil Empire???) on Reagan


Jun 11 2004
10:07 pm

From Lady Margaret Thatcher’s taped eulogy of President Reagan today:

“,,,He(Reagan) saw the many sides of truth.

Yes, he warned that the Soviet Union [1980’s Soviet Union] had an insatiable drive for military power and territorial expansion; but he also sensed it was being eaten away by systemic failures impossible to reform.

Yes, he did not shrink from denouncing Moscow’s `evil empire’. But he realised that a man of goodwill might nonetheless emerge from within its dark corridors.

So the President resisted Soviet expansion and pressed down on Soviet weakness at every point until the day came when communism began to collapse beneath the combined weight of these pressures and its own failures. And when a man of goodwill did emerge from the ruins, President Reagan stepped forward to shake his hand and to offer sincere cooperation. [the man of good will= Gorbachev]."

How students, others in their 20’s will see this quite depends on:

  • What their history books said
    *What their own research on this subject (if any) shows
    *What the attitudes of their college profs was/is…

My suggestion: Read older books—-Research the claims she makes. And then decide. Don’t just wear the attitudes of those around you, be they supportive or negative.

Some items to research (in a VARIETY of new & OLD sources) Was Soviet Communism truly an Evil Empire - or not?

Is the concept of “evil” outmoded? Hint: This question is usually discussed in a Western free country where persons with guns (cops) patrol & keep evil at bay.

Did Reagan’s pushing of the Soviet Union (in part thru the Star Wars program he started) help shove the Soviets over the edge? Or not?
How many people did the Soviet Communists murder ? THAT they mass murdered is not even up to dispute. It is not taught half as much as the murders ofNazis is, tho.