Saturday, June 05, 2004
Ronald Reagan died today. He was 93.
President Reagan was the individual chiefly responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Tyranny. But for him, the United States would have pursued the policy of containment and the Soviet Empire would have gone on and on. But Reagan understood that the Empire was built on lies, and a sound push could bring it down.
Reagan believed in human freedom, free enterprise, and the sanctity of the soul of man under God. As such, he had more in common with the common people than the elites ever had, and for that sin he was condemned.
But his triumph remains world-shattering. The Soviet Empire was brought down without war and the European landmass from the Elbe to Vladivostok unchained. President Reagan was responsible for these events.
War has come again to our shores, a long twilight struggle against a fascist enemy whose fanaticism is compounded by perverted religion. I turn to Churchill from time to time.
".... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
Reagan had Mr. Churchill's determination and sense of humor. There will be mourning at his passing. However, to paraphrase General George S. Patton, it is foolish to mourn his passing to excess. Instead, we should thank Almighty God that this man lived.