Saturday, May 07, 2005
"...one of the greatest wrongs of history"
Good to see President Bush willing to speak out about the Soviets' occupation of eastern Europe at the end of WWII even as he heads to Russia to participate in ceremonies to commemorate the end of the war sixty years ago (CNN story). Speaking in Latvia he emphasized the wrongs committed against the Baltic states even as Putin expressed displeasure that Bush was visiting Latvia and Georgia on this trip. Considering that Putin appears to be increasingly nostalgic about the old Soviet empire it's very important that the leader of the free world speak out about the bad old days. A speech like this is purely symbolic, but symbolism can be important.