Tag: Cold War

The Cold War Vets

Today is Veterans Day, when we honor those who have served. The WSJ has an interesting article up today on a group of veterans that are often neglected: those of the Cold War.

This weekend, Americans will honor soldiers who fought the country’s wars, from the Somme to Kandahar. In Manassas, Va., 30 miles from the nation’s capital, a parade on Saturday will honor veterans of another big war: the one that never happened.

The Cold War, from 1945 to the Soviet Union’s breakup in 1991, was all about avoiding total nuclear war. It turned hot in Korea and Vietnam and sparked conflicts from Lebanon to Grenada. But soldiers on duty between flare-ups didn’t do battle. When the war that wasn’t came to an end, they got no monuments, no victory medals.

Nor can they join the American Legion—which makes the parade of Cold War vets in Manassas a minor hot spot of its own.

The Cold War erupted into two major conflict in Vietnam and Korea. But for many, it was an undeclared quiet war, without parades or victories or medals; only casualties. But the millions and men and women who, sometimes figuratively sometimes literally, stood on the wall against the encroachment of one the greatest evils in human history should not be forgotten. The only reason the Cold War did not erupt into a shooting war in central Europe was because they stood on that wall, rifle in hand, tank manned, missiles ready to fly — letting the Soviet Union know that not a step would be taken into the free nations of the world without a price.

I know we have veterans who read this blog, including some who served in shooting wars. Today is the day we set aside to remember and thank them not just for the freedom we enjoy, but for the peace we enjoyed. The ones who fought in Vietnam and Korea shed real blood and all too many made the supreme sacrifice. But those who stood on that wall for almost half a century did their part too, making sure that war stayed as cold as it did. Had they not, it’s likely all of us would be somewhere quite warm right now.

Havel Gone

All great men are dying, it seems:

Václav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the Czechoslovakian “velvet revolution” and was one of the fathers of the east European pro-democracy movement that led to the fall of the Berlin wall, has died aged 75.

The man led a revolution that brought down a communist dictatorship without a shot and then presided over the peaceful division of the country. One by one, we are losing the real heroes of the Cold War.

More Bronze Ronnie’s

The sad thing about youth is that they have no yardstick for comparison sake, a skewed point of reference. They look at Mr. 90 handicap, his bouncing into walls and his lurch of inertia, and they think this is presidential, too bad.

In Budapest Hungary they just erected a statue of a real president, check it out:

No missile defense batteries for them.

The Statue, appropriately enough will be placed right in the middle of Freedom Square.

A statue of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was unveiled Wednesday in Hungary’s capital, where he was honored for his leadership in helping to end communism.

The bronze 2-meter (7-foot) likeness of the 40th president was erected in Budapest at Freedom Square, near both the U.S. Embassy and a World War II memorial to Soviet soldiers killed during the ouster of the Nazis from Hungary.
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Reagan was remembered for the aid and encouragement he gave Hungary and other former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe to gain back their freedom.

Reagan “changed the world and created a new world for Central Europe,” Orban said at the unveiling ceremony. “He tore down the walls which were erected in the path of freedom in the name of distorted and sick ideologies.

7 feet tall? the one in London’s Grosvenor Square has that beat by 3 feet.

Hungary is not the first ex communist country to recognize the Cold Warrior, Warsaw Poland erected one a few years back.

“The statue is a way for his legacy to live on,” said Janusz Dorosiewicz, a businessman behind the private project.
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“Reagan was the person who defeated the communists and opened the way for freedom in Poland,” he said.

Since The Gibber had a plaque on his desk that read ,”It is amazing what one can do if he does not care who gets the credit”, I suspect he would value the efforts of the freedom fighters on the ground over his doings in Washington, but I bet he would think this is kinda cool nonetheless.

I’ll leave you with this: