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Communism Thrives in "Former" Warsaw Pact Nations

Special to The Fatima Crusader

In spite of the ceaseless repetition of the "death of Communism" and the "end of the Cold War" constantly emanating from media men and politicians, it is stunning that there is seldom serious consideration given to the present leaders of so-called "former" Warsaw Pact nations. Their Communist connection is crystal clear.

Let us list these nations.

Albania:

President Sali Berisha (who is often portrayed as being anti-Communist) was a member of the Communist Party prior to 1989. In spite of the so-called "democratic election," 10% of the citizenry have fled this country since the so-called "collapse" of Communism. The government continues to generate two-thirds of the country's gross domestic product, and most prices remain controlled by the state-owned sector of the economy.

Azerbaijan:

On October 3, 1993, Geidar Aliyev was elected acting President. It is claimed he received 98% of the vote. Aliyev is a former KGB General, was First Secretary of the Azeri Communist Party, and was a member of the Soviet Politburo during the Brezhnev years. 

Belarus: 

Let power remain
in the hands of the Communists, but
let it be different.
... Lech Walesa, 1989

Aleksandr Lukashenko, who became the republic's first elected president, served as a secretary in the Young Communist League in high school. In 1982 he became deputy director of a collective farm, and in 1985 he became secretary of that farm's Communist Party committee.

Bulgaria:

In December of 1994, the Socialist (Communist) Party, led by Zhan Videnov, was returned to power, securing an absolute majority in the 240-seat parliament. In 1991 Videnov assumed leadership of the "former" Communists. Before 1991, Videnov had worked for the Young Communist League.

"Russia will raise up wars and persecutions ... Various nations will be annihilated."
... Our Lady of Fatima, 1917

Czech Republic:

It has been said that Czechoslovakia was a "test-case" for the present perestroika. In 1968, a so-called "liberal" faction headed by Alexander Dubcek took control of that country, in the name of "democratic reform". After seven months, Warsaw Pact troops ousted Dubcek. Yet neither Dubcek, nor his key advisors were executed nor given lengthy jail sentences. In fact, Dubcek was given a plush job as forestry manager in Bratislava.

While running in a 1989 election, a good friend of Dubcek, Vaclav Havel (leader of the left-wing of the Civic Forum political movement) declared, "for 20 years, it was official propaganda that I was an enemy of socialism, that I wanted to bring back capitalism, that I was in the service of imperialism. All those were lies." One week after this, the Communist Party endorsed Havel as interim president and Communist Alexander Dubcek (who took temporary control of the country in 1968) as parliamentary chairman.

In July of 1990, Havel selected a cabinet that included "former" Communists as premier, foreign minister, economic planning minister and defense minister.

February of 1993 saw the election of Vaclav Havel as the first president of the new Czech Republic. 

Georgia:

In October of 1992, Eduard Shevardnadze was elected to the new post of parliament chairman. This is a post equivalent to the Presidency. The former president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was ousted when he voiced a suspicion that Gorbachev had orchestrated the fake "coup" of August, 1991. Under Gamsakhurdia, Georgia was also the only republic that refused to join the new Commonwealth of Independent States that was formally launched in December of the same year.

Parliament Chairman Shevardnadze, who now rules the land, had been the former Communist Party boss in Georgia and has a history of blood-curdling brutality.

Michael Bonafield, writing in the August 8, 1985 edition of the Washington Times, cited underground documents that reached the West as early as 1975, indicating that Shevardnadze "personally authorized the torture of prisoners of Georgian jails". Bonafield reports that Shevardnadze set up the Special No. 2 block in prison where the most horrible tortures, hangings, beating with iron bars, prodding with steel needles and rods, hanging up inmates by their feet, etc. took place against prisoners.

Shevardnadze joined the Communist Party in 1948, became First Secretary of the Communist Youth League, was named full member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Georgia in 1958, became the republic's Communist Party leader in 1972, became a full voting member of the Politburo in 1985 (he had been a non-voting member since 1978). Shevardnadze, a man with a reputation for monstrous crimes against prisoners, was selected by "peace-loving" Gorbachev to succeed Andrei Gromyko as foreign minister.

According to the Autumn 1994 issue of International Currency Review, Shevardnadze has "ruled Georgia with terror and brutality ever since ... with the help of special troops or 'bodyguards' trained in secret by U.S. special forces sent to Georgia for that purpose."

Hungary:

The Hungarian Democratic Forum (HDF), which is touted as being the first opposition party to emerge during Hungary's supposed "liberalization", was nonetheless receiving support from the highest levels of the Communist Party Politburo, according to the United Press International report on December 13, 1989.

On May 29, 1994, the Communists were returned to power claiming that the "democratic reform" had failed. Gyula Horn was selected as the Party leader. Horn had been the last Communist foreign minister before the so-called "collapse of Communism" and was described in a May 7, 1994 New York Times pre-election dispatch as "one of Hungary's most unpopular politicians".

Horn had been a member of the Communist Party militia that helped suppress the famous Hungarian uprising in 1956.

Kazakhstan:

"Former" Communists are firmly in control of this nation as well. President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev was the country's top Communist official prior to perestroika. He had joined the Communist Party in 1962, had been a Gorbachev ally and a member of the Politburo. His term was set to expire in December of 1996, but he dissolved parliament on March 11 of 1995, asserting that he would rule by decree until new elections were held. On April 30, 1995, he received more than 95% support in a referendum extending his term to the year 2000.

Kyrgyzstan:

President Askar Akayev was elected in 1991. Before this, in 1986, President Akayev was summoned to pre-glasnost Moscow where he served in the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee (CPSUCC) Department of Science in Education. In 1989, he was elected to the newly created Soviet Congress of People's Deputies and was then selected to serve in the Supreme Soviet. He became a full member of the CPSUCC in 1990.

Latvia:

Anatolijs Gorbunovs, chairman of the Supreme Council (parliament) of Latvia is a former member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and was Latvian Communist Party secretary for ideology.

Lithuania:

President Brazauskas, who had been Communist Party chief in the past, was a member of the Lithuanian Communist Party since 1977. Even though Vytautas Landsbergis, who had an impressive career-long record of opposition to Communism was elected President in 1990, Lithuania formally returned the reins of power to the old-time Communist in 1992. Brazauskas received 60% of the vote.

Moldova:

Moldova's President, Mircea Snegur, who was elected in 1991, held various top Communist Party and government positions before Moldavian independence in 1991. He was president of the Moldavian Supreme Soviet, deputy chairman of the USSR Supreme Soviet, and secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party Central Committee.

Snegur and other "former" Communists also finished far ahead of their rivals in Moldova's first parliamentary elections in February 1993.

Poland:

Lech Walesa is heralded as a staunch anti-Communist. Yet a bizarre form of compromise permeated Walesa's approach. Under his program, Communists were not driven out of key posts in Poland, but collaborated with.

The March 2, 1989 issue of the Soviet current affairs weekly, New Times, carried an interview with Lech Walesa where he stated that he was not seeking to take power away from the Communists. He said ...

"Let power remain in the hands of the Communists, but let it be different. Let it serve the people better, respect the law and be accountable to society.

"We are prepared to co-operate constructively with such authorities." In fact, the founding members of Solidarity included authentic anti-Communists, Communists, and collaborators with Communists.

In Parliamentary elections in September of 1993, the Communists were voted back into power. Two Red-dominated parties secured a two-thirds majority in the Sejm, a majority sufficient to override presidential vetoes.

The September 1994 edition of the Washington Post reported that Walesa's regime had "allowed and even encouraged Communists to remain in important police and security posts". For example the deputy minister in charge of intelligence and the director of the Office of State Security are former Communist party operatives.

Finally in 1995 a full-blown openly "former" Communist was elected president of Poland, making that country's position more clearly Communist than before, when the "former" Warsaw Pact country was under Walesa.

Romania:

In December of 1989, Communist dictator Nicolai Ceausescu was assassinated. Nevertheless, the Communists have ruled Romania since then without interruption. The National Salvation Front (NSF), headed by former senior officials of the Ceausescu regime, became the provisional government. "Former" Communist Party official, Ion Iliescu was named president. The NSF won at both houses of parliament in the May 1991 elections, while Iliescu received 85% of the presidential vote. Iliescu was re-elected in 1992.

Slovakia:

Vladimir Meciar is a "former" Communist who won the election in 1992. The November/December 1994 issue of Foreign Affairs which is the flagship publication for the internationalist Council on Foreign Relations, described Meciar as "a Moscow-trained apparatchik".

Tajikistan:

A former Communist Party first secretary, Rakhman Nabiyev, was president of Tajikistan from 1991 until September 1992. Though Imamali Rakmonov became acting president in November 1994, Facts on File for April 17, 1995 notes that the government continues to be "led by former Communists".

Ukraine:

Leonid M. Kravchuk was President of the Ukraine from December 1991 until July 1994. He had been the country's Communist Party chief for ideology. Kravchuk kept the government, industry, and agriculture in the hands of his fellow Communists. Leonid D. Kuchma, who was once director of the Soviet Union's largest missile factory was elected president in 1994.

Just like Lenin, Kuchma announced a "new economic policy" shortly after his election. The November 22, 1994 edition of the Washington Times reported that "President Clinton today will make Ukraine the fourth-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid when he raises taxpayers donations to $900 million, including a $30-million-to-$50-million program to build free houses for former Red Army soldiers."

Also, Vitaly Masol, the Ukrainian prime minister, was the Soviet Union's top economic manager.

Uzbekistan:

The current President, Islam A. Karimov, opposed the country's break with the Soviet Union. On December 25, 1994, in the country's first parliamentary elections since the so-called "collapse" of the Soviet Union, the Democratic Party (former Communist Party) secured more than 70% of the seats.

An Obvious Deception:

If staunch members of the Nazi SS were left in power in post-World-War II Germany, no sane person would believe that Naziism was dead in that country. On the contrary, there would have been an outcry to oust all "former Nazis" in order to be certain that this gruesome ideology was thoroughly expunged from the fatherland.

Yet former Communists, including some of the worst (like Georgia's Shevardnadze) are left in key positions of power throughout Russia and all Warsaw Pact countries, and Western populations believe the perilous fantasy the Communist nations are now bastions of anti-Communist democracy ... that this is the long-awaited conversion of Russia promised by Our Lady of Fatima. It seems that the great lie of perestroika and glasnost has dulled men's reason so acutely that the Communists no longer even need to employ cleverness in their deception, since Western men so readily believe glaring falsehoods without question. Such willful blindness will have dire consequences for all of "the inhabitants of the earth" if the explicit requests of Our Lady of Fatima continue to be disregarded with such arrogant obstinacy.