Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Justice has a Long Arm, an a Long Memory

Hungarian prosecutors on Monday detained a former top Communist party official for his role in the bloody suppression of an anti-Soviet uprising back in 1956. This is the first time that any of the Soviet-backed Hungarian leaders have been pursued by the justice system for the crackdown, which began with a Soviet invasion.

Bela Biszku, 90, was detained on suspicion of war crimes for having directly supervised a Military Council that ordered the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and in the eastern Hungarian town of Salgotarjan in December 1956.

Large numbers of civilians were killed in the backlash against the uprising, whose figurehead Imre Nagy was executed for treason for establishing a government in defiance of Moscow's rule over eastern Europe. In Salgotarjan, at least 46 people were shot dead by Hungarian and Soviet armed forces.

Biszku came to public attention in 2010 when a documentary film was aired on his role in the suppression of the uprising. He had been the interior minister under Janos Kadar in the Communist government set up after the uprising.

With the man already in his 90's, some people are asking if anything is to be served by locking him up for his final few years. My answer is "Yes!". Too many of the people that empower dictators and totalitarian governments are virtually ignored and live out their lives in peace afterwards. I think they should be pursued, however long it takes, and held responsible for the lives they cost and the lives they destroyed. They must be held as examples to others tempted to commit similar acts supporting the next generation of dictators and mass murders....

Special Comment

There is a report the the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in protests there yesterday. Aren't you glad we helped arm those Islamic "freedom fighters" now? I am waiting to see President Obama's response... Oh, you should watch this you tune clip Introducing Chris Stvens as the Ambassador to Libya:

Live Long and Prosper...

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