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Naming the evil

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. . . Winston Churchill, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, March 5, 1946

My young mother was caught behind that Iron Curtain in Prague. It was a place where a few men made decisions for everyone, and because this power always makes men dictators they made life hell for people. They organized themselves around an ideology with high-sounding goals – they wouldn’t be low-sounding goals, would they? Their methods for achieving their aims ignored human psychology and dismissed every practical economic rule so painstakingly explained by Adam Smith. The results of their experiment were purchased at the cost of millions of unhappy men and women whose lives and opportunities and joys were crushed by the Iron Curtain.

My mother managed to escape. Many others did not. Naming the evil is the first, essential step in opposing and ending it. Thank you, Winston.

. . .Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in some cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.

Thanks to Howard of Beautiful Britain for the reminder.