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Opponents of the recently installed bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., are not backing down and have started a worldwide petition.
When Western communist sympathizer Lincoln Steffens returned from the Soviet Union in 1921, he infamously proclaimed, "I have seen the future - and it works."
"Of all the odd things about the Soviet Union, perhaps the oddest was the way in which official propaganda — which told people what the world was supposed to look like — so often triumphed over everyday experience, which revealed that things were different," writes Anne Applebaum at the New Republic.
The small town of Bedford, Va., is home to 21 men who sacrificed their lives on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It is now also the home of one of the world's few public memorial busts of communist dictator Josef Stalin.
International arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death" being held in Thailand on charges of selling weapons to Marxist rebels in Colombia to kill Americans, was named Wednesday in an indictment unsealed in New York as conspiring to finance an aircraft fleet to arm bloody conflicts and support rogue regimes worldwide.
Governments often make poor policy decisions. And all too often, they then fervently cling to these mistakes, compounding the error. Unfortunately, the U.S. is no exception.
How did the European left rationalize communism's crimes and transform itself into a viable political force after the fall of the Soviet Union? It's all explained in "Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era."
In July 1947, President Harry S. Truman lamented to the National Security Council, "I am of the opinion we'll never obtain international controls [of nuclear weapons]. Since we can't … we must be stronger in atomic weapons."
Direct diplomatic outreach to America's foes and rivals defines President Obama's foreign policy. It underpins everything from "resetting" relations with Russia to making concessions to Iran. It's intended to distinguish Mr. Obama from his unpopular predecessor, thereby garnering more support from friends and allies for U.S. policies.