Decommunization, The West Failed Opportunity — 03/17/2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1989
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Bukovsky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_West
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decommunization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yanukovych
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yushchenko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Satsyuk

“Decommunization is a process of overcoming the legacies of the Communist state establishments, culture, and psychology in the post-Communist states.
Decommunization was largely limited or non-existent. Communist parties were not outlawed and their members were not brought to trial. Just a few places even attempted to exclude members of communist secret services from decision-making. In a number of countries the Communist party simply changed its name and continued to function.”

“Having failed to finish off conclusively the communist system, we are now in danger of integrating the resulting monster into our world. It may not be called communism anymore, but it retained many of its dangerous characteristics… Until the Nuremberg-style tribunal passes its judgement on all the crimes committed by communism, it is not dead and the war is not over.”

” September 2013, Bukovsky entered the controversy over Diana West‘s anti-communist American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (2013), which had been condemned by the historian Professor Ronald Radosh as “McCarthy on Steroids” in a review for Front Page Magazine. Writing at Breitbart.com, Bukovsky forcefully rejected Radosh’s criticisms, condemned the attempt to portray West as a deluded and historically inept conspiracy-monger, and supported her conclusions as to the infiltration of the Roosevelt government by Stalinist agents and fellow-travelers:”

“That treacherous Establishment is still there. We are still governed by a nomenklatura of collaborationists, Petains and Quislings of the Cold War. Mrs. West has reached that conclusion merely by examining the first chapters of this sad story. Sure enough, there are mountains of other and more recent evidence to support her conclusions. But of course, whatever the evidence, the “consensus” will never plead guilty. Rather, they will try and usurp the judicial seat.”

“In 2013, Diana West published her anti-communist American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character. With the fall of the Soviet Union and access to files and archives, historians have had ample opportunity to explore the scope of Soviet spying but have failed to “adjust the historical record.” West explores the extent of Soviet influence during the Roosevelt and Truman Presidencies. She argues that infiltration of the American government by Stalinist agents and fellow-travelers had significantly altered Allied policies in favor of the Soviet Union during theSecond World WarFrank J. Gaffney Jr. finds that West “painstakingly documents how America’s government, media, academia, political and policy elites actively helped obscure the true nature of the Soviet Union.” West finds there is a parallel with the failure to face the dangers ofcommunism in the 1930s and the failure to face the threat of radical Islam today.”

“On September 27, 2009 Yushchenko said in an interview aired on Channel 1+1 that the testimony of three men who were at a dinner in 2004 at which he believes he was poisoned is crucial to finishing the investigation, and he claimed these men were in Russia. Ukrainian prosecutors said Russia has refused to extradite one of the men, the former deputy chief of Ukraine’s security serviceVolodymyr Satsyuk, because he holds both Russian and Ukrainian citizenship. After arriving in Russian Satsyuk was granted Russian citizenship protecting him from extradition.”

“Ukrainian prosecutors, after interviewing over 1,000 people, identified Satsyuk as being potentially involved in the poisoning of Yuschenko withdioxin. Yushchenko had attended a private dinner on 5 September 2004 held at Satsyuk’s residence, during that year’s Ukrainian presidential elections. He was accompanied by two assistants, Taras Zalessky and Alexei Poletukha, the former vice-president of the JS Bank «Ukraine». According to the Times newspaper, “Ukraine’s pro-Russian government at the time was opposed to Yushchenko, fearing his pro-western tendencies and ambitions for Ukraine to join NATO.” Satsyuk is currently in hiding in MoscowRussia, where the government has given himRussian citizenship, meaning he cannot be extradited for trial to another country.

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