Slaves in a slave country live and die for their owners, otherwise they will get killed or tortured to death. In a free country, any adult can go anywhere, including any foreign country (unless he or she has been found guilty of crime and sentenced by the court of justice to serve a prison term, or found by certified psychiatrists to have to be confined to a psychiatric hospital, or has to serve in the army).
This is what I thought as a young man in Stalin’s Russia. Stalin died in 1953. Was there any hope for me to escape from that country after his death? Not a chance. But suddenly, in 1972, the Soviets decided, for reasons of their own, to let some several hundred families leave the country. Our family was one of them. Thus I “emigrated” from Russia, with my wife, our son, and my mother as well as other “émigrés,” the exact number of whom I don’t know.
I and my wife as well as our son knew English well, so the natural choice for us was to go to an English-speaking country.
I had valued Britain as a country of freedom more than I did the United States, with its flawed system of choosing the U.S. president byway of general election.
But we chose to emigrate to the United States because it was militarily the strongest country in the world, the country which was in the forefront of the struggle for survival between freedom and slavery, the country to which we would contribute our experience and knowledge of the merciless, inhuman, and criminal nature of the “Soviet” social life even after Stalin’s death.
It has been 40 years since we settled in New York. Allthese years I have been writing and lecturing all over the country as well as abroad, exposing the horrors of totalitarian regimes and their potential threat to free countries and emphasizing the need to cherish and defend freedom.
The United States, this beacon of freedom, and good old England, its reliable friend and ally, saved the European countries from the tyranny and atrocities of Hitler’s Nazi Germany and restored the freedom and independence of the countries already captured.
In 1991, the world witnessed the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the triumph of freedom and independence in the East-European countries came after decades of Soviet communist tyranny. They knew only too well what it meant to be a slave in acommunist country. They got back their freedom the hard way: they fought and died for it.
Is there a threat to their bliss now?
My answer is yes. And the threat to their freedom is coming, for example, from the not so recently established European Union.
Catherine Margaret Ashton, the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy of the European Union, is committed to EU military integration, but she is vehemently anti-NATO. Ashton cares little for human rights abuses if they are carried out by the EU or communist China.
If Europe gives China access to military technology by lifting the arms embargo on selling arms to the PRC, it may drive a wedge between European and non-European NATO members. If this happens, which Lady Ashton is openly advocating, it would lead to NATO dissolution, the modern world’s most successful defensive alliance. Ashton is openly using her powers in ignoring democratic principles; she seems to be fully committed to destroying democracy.
Has President Obama given his warning to Brussels that lifting of the embargo would seriously damage the transatlantic alliance? Did he say that America and Great Britain, its closest ally in Europe, will continue to expose the absence of human rights in China and will veto any attempt to lift the embargo on selling arms to China?
According to The Wall Street Journal of March 11, 2011: “Is a European future truly so terrible? Yes…. As a Briton, I see the American republic as a repository of our traditional freedoms. The doctrines, rooted in the common law, in the Magna Carta, and in the Bill of Rights, found their fullest and most sublime expression in the old courthouse of Philadelphia. Britain, as a result of its unhappy membership in the European Union, has now surrendered a large part of its birthright…”
And further: “How aptly the British people might today apply the ringing phrases of the Declaration of Independence against their own rulers, who have ‘combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and acknowledged by our laws. … So you can imagine how I feel when I see the U.S. making the same mistakes that Britain has made … abandoning its sovereignty. … You deserve better, cousins. And we expect better’.” (Daniel Hannan, “A European’s Warning to America”)
Lev Navrozov can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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