Sunday, January 23, 2005

Food For Thought

On Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol, from The Weekly Standard, talked about how Natan Sharansky's [former Soviet dissident and political prisoner, now Israeli Cabinet Minister] book influenced Bush's inaugural speech... Kristol then shared that when Sharansky watched the president's speech, he turned to someone and said he wished Andre Sakharov (another former soviet dissident) was alive to hear those words come out of the mouth of an American President.

5 Comments:

At 7:25 AM, Blogger American On Line said...

More on Natan Sharansky:

"Natan Sharansky, is Minster of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs in the Israeli government. He is head of Yisrael b'Aliyah political party. During the Cold War, Mr. Sharansky worked with Andre Sakharov, and was one of the most prominent Jewish dissidents in the Soviet Union. He was a founding member and spokesman of the Helsinki Monitoring Group, reporting on Soviet compliance with international agreements. His courageous fight for freedom during nine years of imprisonment by the Soviet police state was a milestone in the global struggle for human rights. This struggle, in turn, played an important role in contributing to the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and laying the foundation for the enhanced prominence of human rights and global affairs. Mr. Sharansky's remarkable memoir of one man's triumph over a police state is called Fear No Evil. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United "

The above is an introduction by Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies, as part of an interview of Shransky for the Institute's "Conversations with History" series.

It is a primer worth reading:

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people4/
Sharansky/sharansky-con0.html

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Awesome primer, Marty! Thank you for adding this!

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

An interesting post. Natan has a way of making his point. He communicates from an experience I don't wish to witness first hand.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I don't always agree with Sharansky, but I'm looking forward to reading his book.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Naomi Ragen has a good article about Sharansky right now:

http://archive.mail-list.com/naomiragen/msg00780.html

 

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