House Measure Lauds End of Cold War, Communism's Fall
Boyer, Dave, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Congress took a symbolic step last night toward making sure future generations never forget events like President Ronald Reagan's defiance in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet communism.
The House passed a resolution 381-0 calling on America's leaders to celebrate the U.S. victory over communism and the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by promoting education on the Cold War and honoring U.S. veterans of the conflict.
The resolution states that 24 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces served in the Cold War and 400 million people "were freed from the bondage of communism" in Eastern and Central Europe.
"Unless you grew up in the '40s, '50s or '60s, the younger generations have tended to forget there ever was a Cold War," said Rep. Frank D. Lucas, Oklahoma Republican and a sponsor of the resolution. "They have tended to forget that there ever was a huge number of warheads pointed at us because other people envied us."
Mr. Lucas said the measure is intended in part to "raise general awareness out there in the academic community that they need to pay attention to it."
In a poll released last week, the Pew Research Center found that only 1 percent of respondents cited ending the Cold War as America's greatest achievement of the 20th Century.
"The Cold War is a fading memory," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican who has proposed a privately funded memorial to the victims of communism. "Most young people have no idea that people were being shot while trying to escape communist countries."
Mr. Rohrabacher said the nation should pay homage to the veterans who enabled the United States to enjoy its current security.
"We are right now basking in the warm and healthy environment of the post-Cold War world," Mr. Rohrabacher said. …