Today is the Victims of Communism Day on which we remember the one hundred million and counting butchered by Communist regimes and movements. Twenty-seven years ago in 1989 I lived through the Year of Miracles in which nation after nation in Eastern European threw off the shackles of the Soviet imposed Communist regimes that had enslaved them in the wake of World War II. It was a year that seemed like a dream come true.
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan laid out a blue print for what was to come:
Some argue that we should encourage democratic change in right-wing dictatorships, but not in Communist regimes. Well, to accept this preposterous notion — as some well-meaning people have — is to invite the argument that once countries achieve a nuclear capability, they should be allowed an undisturbed reign of terror over their own citizens.