In mid-December 1981, the Polish government declared martial law, hoping to suppress the Solidarity uprising that started in Gdansk earlier that year. The Soviet puppet Wojciech Jaruzelski imprisoned thousands, including Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, and attempted to suppress self-determination by the Poles through force and intimidation. Then-President Ronald Reagan immediately reacted to the imposition of martial law:the imposition of martial law in Poland has led to the arrest and confinement, in prisons and detention camps, of thousands of Polish trade union leaders and intellectuals. Factories are being seized by security forces and workers beaten.
These acts make plain there’s been a sharp reversal of the movement toward a freer society that has been underway in Poland for the past year and a half. Coercion and violation of human rights on a massive scale have taken the place of negotiation and compromise. All of this is in gross violation of the Helsinki Pact, to which Poland is a signatory.
It would be naive to think this could happen without the full knowledge and the support of the Soviet Union. We’re not naive. We view the current situation in Poland in the gravest of terms, particularly the increasing use of force against an unarmed population and violations of the basic civil rights of the Polish people.
Violence invites violence and threatens to plunge Poland into chaos. We call upon all free people to join in urging the Government of Poland to reestablish conditions that will make constructive negotiations and compromise possible.
... The Polish nation, speaking through Solidarity, has provided one of the brightest, bravest moments of modern history. The people of Poland are giving us an imperishable example of courage and devotion to the values of freedom in the face of relentless opposition. Left to themselves, the Polish people would enjoy a new birth of freedom. But there are those who oppose the idea of freedom, who are intolerant of national independence, and hostile to the European values of democracy and the rule of law.
Two Decembers ago, freedom was lost in Afghanistan; this Christmas, it’s at stake in Poland. But the torch of liberty is hot. It warms those who hold it high. It burns those who try to extinguish it.
REAGAN SAID ALL THIS WHILE THE EVIL EMPIRE HAD 45,000 NUKES POINTED AT US AND MORE TANKS AND ARTILLERY AND TROOPS THAN ANY OTHER NATION ON EARTH. INCLUDING 40,000 TANKS IN EUROPE READY TO INVADE.
REAGAN STOOD UP FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT - AND THUS HELPED DEFEAT THE EVIL EMPIRE.
MEANWHILE OBAMA IS TOO TIMID TO COME OUT SQUARELY AGAINST THE CORRUPT MULLAH THEOCRATIC TYRANTS.
MEANWHILE OBAMA IS TOO COWARDLY TO OPENLY SUPPORT IRAN'S "SOLIDARITY".
OR PERHAPS OBAMA IS NOT A FREAKIN' COWARD.
MAYBE OBAMA IS JUST UNWILLING TO RISK LOSING A SHOT AT PERSONAL DIPLOMACY WITH AHMADINEJAD.
OR HE WANTS AHMADINEJAD TO WIN.
TAKE YOUR PICK: COWARD; EGOMANIAC; OR CRYPTO-MUSLIM.
IT MATTERS NOT:
- OBAMA HAS FAILED HIS FIRST BIG TEST.
- AND FAILED IT MISERABLY.
THE IRANIAN PEOPLE NEED HIM.
HECK: THE FRICKIN' FREE WORLD DOES.