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“Ask the Christians and Buddhists of Vietnam who are not allowed to practice their faith whether communism is dead.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who fled Cuba with her family in 1960, called herself a “victim of communism who understands the horrors” of “this misguided ideology.”

“The Cold War may be over,” said the Florida Republican and former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “But let us not forget that our fight against communism is far from over and much work still needs to be done.

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