When I heard the news on Aug. 19 that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev had been ousted from power, my first reaction was rage (“Red is dead,” Cover, Sept. 2). We, the citizens of the so-called Group of Seven countries, allowed our leaders at the recent G-7 summit to squander an opportunity to promote Gorbachev’s visionary political and economic initiatives.
I wish I could say that I was prepared for the second Russian revolution. But instead, when hard-line Communists launched their coup attempt on Aug. 19, I was on holiday in Bedford, N.S., near Halifax. I heard the news at dawn: tanks had moved into the streets of Moscow.
While the people of the Soviet Union were fighting to preserve the fragile existence of their infant democracy, what were we doing in what used to be known as the Free World— back when we had a monopoly on freedom? Well, free people behave in all sorts of ways, since they are free to do so.By CHARLES GORDON5 min
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