Thursday, June 22, 2006  

Bush: Hungarian Revolt Should Inspire Iraq

"The lesson of the Hungarian experience is clear," Bush said in the courtyard of Buda Castle where he celebrated the coming 50th anniversary of Hungary's bloody revolt against communist rule. "Liberty can be delayed, but it cannot be denied," the president said.

This man has no sense. None, zip, nada. And his script writer should be flogged.
While it is nice to see the US recognize the Hungarian Revolt for the seminal event that it was, recommending the example of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters to the Iraqis is either an amazing feat of hubris or a foolish act that surpasses the "bring it on," comment.

Bear with me, for a moment as we take a trip back 50 years:

On October 23, 1956, students, workers and others demanded freedom from Soviet rule. Twelve days later, Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary and brutally put down the revolt. Less than a month later, on November 4, the Soviets prevailed and Hungary remained under Soviet rule until 1989, when the wall fell. Despite pleas and repeated requests, the US did not help the Hungarian Freedom Fighters in their quest to rid their country of Soviet domination which had started after the Russians liberated Hungary from the Nazis in 1945 and the Communists took over in 1949.

Bush seems to think the Iraqis are the Hungarians after Hitler come again, but if you re-examine the sequence of events, you may see something different:

Hungary - Nazis (Hungary)- liberated by the Russians -- taken over by the Russians(Communists) -- 1956 Revolt (put down by the Russians) - Hungary 1989 free of Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Iraq - liberated from Saddam Hussein by the US - taken over by the US - growing insurgency being put down by the US and the US installed government - ?

So, who, exactly are we in this equation? Have we become the Soviets?

And just how clueless does Bush (or whoever wrote this ridiculous speech) think the insurgency, opposition, etc are?

Some may be very simple people, but there will many among them and among ordinary Iraqis for whom the parallel is quite clear.

So, Bush thinks the Iraqis should heed the example of Hungary...I bet they will.
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