Wednesday, June 21, 2006

No Exit in Crawford

Today is Wednesday, 21 June 2006.

Vacationing today in Budapest, Warlord W. Bush will give a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, although the anniversary isn’t until October.

"This is not a policy speech, it's kind of a tone poem about the 1956 revolution," said White House spokesman Tony Snow. "This is not a newsy speech."

Among the tones not expected to be sounded in the poem is remorse.

When Dwight Eisenhower became president in 1953, one of the priorities of John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, and his brother, Allen Dulles, Director of Central Intelligence, was to replace the Truman Administration’s policy of containment of the USSR with “rollback”: a proactive effort to remove Soviet satellites from their Moscow orbits. Or so they said: they failed to put action where their rhetoric was. Many Hungarians, unfortunately, took them at their words, which had been broadcast behind the Iron Curtain by American propaganda radio stations.

Many Hungarians believed that, once they had risen up and expelled Soviet occupation forces, the American military would arrive to protect their new freedom. When the Soviet tanks rolled across the countryside in November, the Hungarians discovered to their horror that ”rollback” was a slogan meant to be swallowed by American voters, not a promise to be honoured. The Uprising was duly crushed and a new wave of repression, torture, and executions rolled over the Hungarian people.

Do not expect Warlord Bush to express remorse, regret, or even embarrassment at the deceit of and betrayal by his Republican predecessors. His poetry is tone deaf.

On this date in 1905, the great French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was born.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” --- J.-P. S.

Would that Eisenhower, Dulles, Dulles, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. had learned this lesson, and learned to use their freedom responsibly, instead of as a snare and a club.


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