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Standing with the Brave

Michael Rubin is so very right when he says American support for dissidents works.  Just ask Bukovsky, Ginsberg, Solzhenitsyn, Sharansky…and, for that matter, Akbar Ganji, whose life was almost certainly saved when President Bush supported him by name.  There is also an impressive collection of data on prisoners in the Nazi death camps:  prisoners who were identified by name, who had letters directly addressed to them, who received packages, etc., had a higher survival rate than those who remained faceless and nameless.  All of us should sign the petitions calling on the evil regimes to free their political prisoners, and name those prisoners.  Just denouncing “human rights violations” in general isn’t good enough.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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