Letter: The people, not Reagan, broke up the USSR
Re: ‘Don’t appease Putin’ (Metro, March 14-16)
Letter writer John Francis Fox indicates we should not appease Putin, likening the invasion of Crimea to Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. Wouldn’t a better analogy be Bush’s invasion of Iraq? All Putin would have to say is “WMD” and invade, right?
However, that is beside my main objection to his letter. He also said the administration under President Reagan liberated the Ukraine, but nothing could be further from the truth. The breakup of the Soviet Union was caused by widespread general strikes in the eastern bloc, including the Ukraine, Poland, Romania and others. In Poland, it was spearheaded by Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity trade union, with support of the Catholic Church. Reagan had nothing to do with this populist revolution.
If Mr. Fox continues his belief that Reagan caused the breakup of the Soviet Union, he should also believe that King Louis XVI of France and King Charles III of Spain liberated the American colonies from Britain during the American Revolution.
Timothy Laren, via email