It occurred during the first term of perhaps the most staunchly anti-Communist president America has ever had, Ronald Reagan, an advocate of robust military power. And how did Reagan respond? He called it a "crime against humanity," and then, um, postponed...
Chapman makes a lot of good points. Really, both parties are essentially the same. The dynamic is this: Democrats like to OUTDO the Republicans in bloodthirsty warmongering, to protect themselves from the accusation of being wimpy. Republicans like to OUTDO the Democrats in domestic spending, to protect themselves from the accusation of being heartless. Thus, gigantic, bloated, parasitic central government grows under BOTH parties.
On Aug. 31, 1983, a South Korean airliner flying from New York to Seoul drifted off course and entered Soviet airspace. After tracking the civilian plane for more than two hours, Soviet fighter pilots were told to shoot it down. They did, killing 269 people, including 60 Americans. It was one of the most shocking atrocities of the Cold War.
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