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Although successive Romanian governments insist that they have made much progress on the issue of church restitution, only a handful of properties have been returned to their rightful owners.
By casting the confrontation between the free West and the communist East in moral terms, Thatcher gave courage to opponents of communism and hope to its victims.
Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.
What is needed is for Hungarians and other Europeans living in the post-Soviet era to shed their history of government-mandated charity and reclaim a self-sufficient spirit of civic responsibility.
Fifty-six years ago, Soviet forces crushed the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, that brief but important historical moment that has shaped Hungarian identity in the 20th century and continues to shape it in the 21st.