Letters to the Editor

Did the communists win

When World War II ended in Europe two world powers with vastly different ideologies emerged. The Soviet Union, with its communist doctrine, sought to protect against encroachment of capitalism by making satellite states of the surrounding occupied countries. Stalin set out to conquer and convert the capitalist world by provoking disunity among and within capitalist countries (including the U.S.). The U.S., under the Truman Doctrine, endeavored to protect the American way of life through containment, seeking to prevent the spread of communism beyond its 1945 boundaries. Implementation of these opposing policies led to Korea, Vietnam, a multitude of other cold war conflicts and the loss of many American lives. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its unproductive social and economic order. We thought we'd won the cold war. But today Stalin's dream seems to be happening right here in the United States of America.

Our president denies the accomplishments of individuals and gives the credit due them to the collective. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." Did the communists win the cold war after all? Not if we implement term limits by way of the ballot box.

DON LARSON, West Richland