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Tribute to an Icon: Reagan Statue Unveiled in Warsaw

 

Despite over two decades of revisionist history from the left, those who suffered under Communism still regard Ronald Reagan as the man who saved tens of millions from tyranny.

Today former Polish President Lech Walesa unveiled one for The Gipper.

Lech Walesa said that there would not be a free Poland without Ronald Reagan, during the unveiling of a statue in Warsaw of the late American president on Monday.

The former Solidarity leader said that “as a participant in these events,” it was “inconceivable” that such changes would have come about without the last American president during the post-1945 cold-war era.

Walesa added that thirty years ago, it seemed that the fall of the communist system would not be possible without a nuclear war.

The bronze statue of Reagan has been installed not far from the American Embassy, on Ujazdowskie Avenue, one of the capital’s most picturesque thoroughfares.

Nancy Reagan fondly recalled how the former president felt about the Polish people.

“My husband always felt a strong bond with the people of Poland who longed for freedom. I remember the Christmas in 1981 [after martial law had been declared] when we placed candles in our White House windows, in honour of Solidarity, as [Reagan] was determined that America would do everything it could to advance liberty,” she writes.

Walesa also remembered other heroes who helped grease the skids for the former Soviet Union’s trip to the dustbin of history. Glaringly omitted is Mikhail Gorbachev, despite the efforts of leftists who try and credit him with the end of the oppression.

Underlining the “special atmosphere” of the era, Mr Walesa also hailed the role of Polish-born pope John Paul II, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French president Francois Mitterrand.

He did not mention ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in power from 1985 to 1991, and far less well-regarded in Moscow’s former stamping ground than in Western Europe.

Naturally, the snide Associated Press took a thinly-veiled swipe at Reagan’s legacy.

Though Reagan’s legacy is mixed in the U.S., across much of central and eastern Europe he is considered the greatest American leader in recent history for challenging the Soviet Union.

His legacy is “mixed” because the media still cannot get over the fact he swept to a pair of massives landslides, was beloved by the American people and helped crush the Soviets.

They’ll never get over it.

 

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