- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2003

Kerry on the war

“I fear that in the run-up to the 2004 election the administration is considering what is tantamount to a cut and run strategy [in Iraq].” — Sen. John Kerry, at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dec. 3.

“Ivoted against that $87 billion in Washington yesterday,”Mr. Kerry told an audience inWaterloo, Iowa, on Saturday. “But let me make it clear, I’m for winning the war in Iraq.” — Mr. Kerry, Oct. 24.

So, he won’t spend the money to win the war; but then he accuses the administration of not following through on its commitment. Kind of like opposing the Medicare bill and then not even voting on it. I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Mr. Kerry is one of the most duplicitous, mealy-mouthed, disorganized and incompetent candidates for the presidency in memory.

Freudian slip watch

“Unlike most of the party’s 564,000 comrades, the 28-year-old Mr. Ponomarev does not lament the end of Soviet communism. He has not lost out in Russia’s transition towards a market economy. And he is half the age of the average communist voter. His communist attributes are limited to a red tie and a mobile phone which plays the Marseillaise.” — Arkady Ostrovsky in Thursday’s Financial Times. The Marseillaise? A communist anthem? I guess the Financial Times is a British newspaper after all. (Thanks to Michael Moynihan of the politburo.com.)

Paul Robeson on Stalin

“Suddenly everyone stood — began to applaud — to cheer — and to smile. The children waved. In a box to the right — smiling and applauding the audience — as well as the artists on the stage — stood the great Stalin. I remember the tears began to quietly flow. and I too smiled and waved. Here was clearly a man who seemed to embrace all. So kindly — I can never forget that warm feeling of kindliness and also a feeling of sureness. Here was one who was wise and good — the world and especially the socialist world was fortunate indeed to have his daily guidance … In all spheres of modern life the influence of Stalin reaches wide and deep. From his last simply written but vastly discerning and comprehensive document, back through the years, his contributions to the science of our world society remain invaluable.

One reverently speaks of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin — the shapers of humanity’s richest present and future. Yes, through his deep humanity, by his wise understanding, he leaves us a rich and monumental heritage. Most importantly — he has charted the direction of our present and future struggles. He has pointed the way to peace — to friendly co-existence — to the exchange of mutual scientific and cultural contributions — to the end of war and destruction. How consistently, how patiently, he labored for peace and ever increasing abundance, with what deep kindliness and wisdom. He leaves tens of millions all over the earth bowed in heart-aching grief. But, as he well knew, the struggle continues. So, inspired by his noble example, let us lift our heads slowly but proudly high and march forward in the fight for peace — for a rich and rewarding life for all.” — Paul Robeson, eulogizing one of the worst mass murderers in human history as late as 1953.

The late Mr. Robeson will shortly be honored by appearing an a postal stamp. As a campaigner against racism, Mr. Robeson’s legacy is an important — even noble — one. But his support for tyranny endures as well.

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