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Reagan Defeated the Evil Empire With Faith

Friday, 06 February 2004 12:00 AM

Ronald Reagan’s faith and his encouragement for the Christian underground in the Soviet Union were major factors in the ultimate demise of the “Evil Empire.” He firmly believed that topping the Soviet monolith was God’s will.

Paul Kengor, author of “God and Ronald Reagan,” says the God factor in President Reagan’s strategy to move against the Soviet Union was right up there with military, diplomatic and strategic initiatives his administration employed in the downfall of what the then-president had termed the “evil empire.”

Though he declined to assign a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 for the “God factor” in the strategy, Kengor tells NewsMax.com in an interview that when Reagan went to Moscow and shocked the atheist establishment in that country by his public pronouncements of faith, he knew exactly what he was doing.

He knew that thousands in “the remote dungeons of the world [as he put it]” were aware of his “evil empire” speech in 1983, and took heart that at last America had a leader who would give voice to their longing to throw off their chains.

Reagan knew of the women in the Soviet Union wearing their babushkas and secretly going to church to pray. He was speaking to them when he talked of God over a Russian television broadcast and maneuvered to do it in such a way as to make it impossible for the Soviet censors to consign any filmed remarks to the cutting room floor.

He had plenty of feedback from Soviet dissidents who had seen the “remote dungeons” from the inside and prominent theologians who had traveled through the Communist empire. Beyond the prisons, Reagan knew that mandatory classes in atheism were taught in Soviet Universities. All of these factors added up to inspire his publicly naming the Soviet Union the “evil empire.”

This raises the question: Did God have a plan for Ronald Reagan to bring down the Soviet Union without firing a shot?

Both in his NewsMax interview and in his book, Kengor is scrupulously careful in dealing with that question.

He tells us that his interviews with people closest to Reagan when he was in the White House – Edwin Meese (close confidant and attorney general), Casper Weinberger (secretary of defense), Richard Allen (national security adviser) and William Clark (longtime Reagan friend who succeeded Allen as national security adviser) – all said Ronald Reagan was “too humble to think that way.” Not only did the 40th president never say it, they don’t believe he ever thought it.

But the author says Reagan believed God was involved in his life and that God had a special role for the United States to confront the evil of the Soviet Empire.

Bill Clark reported on a conversation at the end of the Reagan era when someone congratulated the president for his “success in killing the Soviet Empire.”

His response was, “No, it was a team effort by Divine Providence.” Further, Ronald Reagan also believed that one could only know God’s plan in retrospect.

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