It was August 1988. I was in Communist Poland, which was controlled by a Russian puppet, Wojciech Jaruzelski. Our delegation from a Solidarity-sponsored conference outside of Krakow, where I had spoken, was making a pilgrimage to Auschwitz.
Workers from Solidarity were simultaneously striking in Gdansk in the North. And the government had just declared a state of emergency. About a decade earlier, a similar state of emergency had resulted in the imprisonment — and worse — of many, if not most, Solidarity leaders.
The police stopped our convoy and began trying to make arrests.
And I had just called for the overthrow of the Jaruzelski regime — publicly.
So, when it comes to Vladimir Putin’s efforts to gobble up Ukraine and Belarus into a reconstituted Soviet Union, I know which side I’m on.
And I sense that, after raising questions with respect to Biden’s tepid policies in Ukraine, an overwhelming majority of conservatives agree with me.
There are many bad reasons for American non-involvement in Ukraine — and one good one for American engagement.
Ukraine has suffered through a bloody, difficult history, and it has lots of problems.
After 5-10 million Ukrainians died during the Stalinist purges, Ukrainians had millions of reasons to hate the Soviets