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Communists Still Run Eastern Europe

Friday, 06 May 2005 12:00 AM

As President Bush flies around Europe this week - including a controversial visit to Moscow - we need to take a look back at the supposed revolution(s) that swept Eastern Europe 15 years ago.

At that time, we all hailed the peaceful events that seemingly brought down the communist regimes behind the Iron Curtain as 'miracles.' The ending of these murderous regimes - without riots, mass killings and violence - was too good to be true!

Well, guess what?

It indeed

Because all those Communist leaders and subordinates not only went unpunished for their crimes,

In Russia, the 'former' KGB operative, Vladimir Putin, has seen to it that his KGB cronies exert enormous 'backroom' power while he steadily undoes democratic reforms and re-consolidates power in his presidential office.

All the previously state-owned enterprises that were sold off were grabbed by Communist or KGB insiders, who then made billions of dollars off these transactions. (You know the old saying: Who are the world's biggest capitalists? The Communists!)

And the apparatchiks - the bureaucrats, the people who run everything in a government-dominated society - from the Soviet days

Clearly, when 1989 saw the 'crumbling' of the Soviet Empire, the Communists in all the Eastern European nations all adopted the same standard playbook: "Just say you are a

And in all these nations - Russia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania - the same pattern followed: With the 'ending' of Communism, the West - armed with tons of cash - came calling.

Billions of dollars of American aid poured into these countries - and thus into the pockets of the very same Communists who built their careers on hating America.

NATO began admitting these nations. Why not? They seemed as if they had renounced their Soviet patrons and were now free to follow their hearts and join the good guys.

Yes, the people of these nations wanted - and still want desperately - to be on our side. But their leaders and their military officials are

And these 'renounced' Communists are everywhere. Just this week, it was revealed that Polish President Kwasnieski - himself a lifetime Communist - is now being considered

Kwasnieski is so reviled in Poland that Lech Walsea hasn't talked to him in years and only reluctantly shook hands with him at Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome last month. But Kwasnieski has ingratiated himself with GW Bush by dispatching Polish troops to Iraq - over the protests of the majority of the Polish people. Now it is payback time.

A 'former' Communist running the U.N.? Why not? He'll feel right at home there.

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