PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Humberto Fontova: Probably “contingency plans”…like we also have somewhere for bombing Canada and Luxembourg....

  • Griffin: ““There is something very sinister going on in Cuba”, said Lee Hacker. NO!!! What was your first clue? Was it the firing...

  • FaustaR: Ah! A pun title!

  • antonio2009: Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was also ridiculed for his high-heel boots.

  • Carlos Eire: Well… who’s going to dare to tell the Sun King: “Your Majesty does NOT have the fairest legs in...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

March 8, 1983

The "evil empire" is still with us to this day...

More from Paul Kengor at American Spectator:

Today, Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last three decades. It coined a phrase, a tag, a label — one that utterly fit. If the shoe fits, wear it. Well, this jackboot fit the Soviet ogre’s foot.

It was a searing speech, not merely because it was so provocative, which it was, or incendiary or controversial, which it also was, but because it was such an obvious truth that so desperately needed to be said by someone at the presidential level. Ronald Reagan cut through the clutter, and the moral equivalency and accommodation, and spoke loudly and boldly, with the uncompromising courage and confidence that was so uniquely Ronald Reagan.

Why did Reagan say what he said? Here’s his later explanation: “Although a lot of liberal pundits jumped on my speech … and said it showed I was a rhetorical hip-shooter who was recklessly and unconsciously provoking the Soviets into war, I made the ‘Evil Empire’ speech and others like it with malice aforethought.”

What malice aforethought?

The speech must be viewed from two crucial perspectives: 1) Reagan’s personal/spiritual motivation; and 2) his larger international/geo-strategic motivation. Both of these two contexts came together as part of a broader Reagan intention to try to undermine atheistic Soviet communism and peacefully win and end the Cold War. [...]

Comments are closed.