Sunday, August 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), R.I.P.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a man who lived and wrote on his own terms, who told great truths that no one else dared to tell, who constructed the future by excavating the past: harsh, dogmatical and intransigent; fair, visionary and right.


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Why has President Dmitry Medvedev not declared a period of national mourning in Russia or decreed a state funeral for Solzhenitsyn? Indeed, why has this not been done by all the states of the former Soviet Union and former Eastern bloc? The end of Communism began when the truth about its crimes was finally told. To Solzhenitsyn belongs the credit for exposing that truth so completely and forcibly that it could no longer be denied. Without Solzhenitsyn Russia would still be ignorant of its real history and a hostage to the lies that kept its people enslaved and the world itself at its mercy for more than 70 years. The debt of the free world to Solzhenitsyn is also beyond reckoning. Here, too, he should be mourned for what he was -- one of mankind's greatest benefactors and a universal conscience of the world.

27 comments:

Vana said...

What a troubled life, speaking the truth could have cost him his life in his youth, yet he dared, one of a few, when men like that pass on it makes the world a little darker.

May he rest in peace.

Ms Calabaza said...

This man had the courage to show what was happening behind Stalin's brutal rule. Especially when many in this country thougth Stalin was the cat's meow. Sheesh, could we use more people like him today. May he rest in peace.

Agustin Farinas said...

One of the greatest Russian writers of all time. His courage, endurance and sacrifice during the years he spent in the Gulag are an inspiration for all those who have to live under Communist rule. He spent countless hours writing and rewriting his tale of the horrors of the Gulag camps under Stalin's rule. He is one of my favorite writers and the Soviet rulers feared him so much they finally decided to forcefully deport him from the Soviet Union rather than endure his criticisms. His sharp and mordant pen will be sorely missed. May God grant him a restful peace. He has earned his rightful place in Russian literature alongside Tolstoy and Dostoweiski.

Fantomas said...

Mi pesame para su familia. Ha muerto un gran hombre

Fantomas said...

Why has President Dmitry Medvedev not declared a period of national mourning in Russia or decreed a state funeral for Solzhenitsyn?

Because he was too busy with Putin drafting this plan below


http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSL473542020080804?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Vana said...

Good question Manuel, perhaps Russia still thinks him a traitor for speaking up, to me they are still a bunch of commies, and what is this rumor I have been hearing of the Russians renewing their friendship with Cuba? wanting to send some kind of missiles there?
who is to know what they are up to.

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Vana said...

LMAO..it should be dimwits.

Vana said...

The reason I said rumors is because I keep reading the Ruskies denying it and saying they are not sendeing weapons to Cuba, then I read they are, who do you believe?

Anonymous said...

Hi Vana, long time without talking to you. I had being extremely busy since last winter.

I spend 26 years in Cuba before coming to the US were I had to deal with many Russians in various aspects. And then a couple of years later got a job doing designs for a small company owned by two Jews that were Russian immigrant, I worked there for almost eight years every day I was witness of their discussions, conflicts and stubbornness , obviously they were no communist. After all that I reach to the conclusion that the problem with the Russian people is not that they are communist but that they are RUSSIAN and that is something that can’t be erased.

Vic

Anonymous said...

I had being so busy that even forgot my password so I had to post anonymous. I hope you guys don’t think that I am Fantomas. LOL

Vic

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Vana said...

Hi Vic long time no see, hope all is well with you, yes indeed you may be right.

Agustin Farinas said...

Rubber Head,
"Manuel What is a nimwits? must be something real bad"
It is, rectal orifice, look at yourself in the mirror and your question would have been answered.

Fantomas said...

Agustin Hurricane season is in full swing

I'm John MC and I approve this message said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZPzzjLgszE


McCain / Spears 08

Anonymous said...

fantomas said:

Ahora me toca a mi

Manuel , tu Boda fue un fracaso este domingo, vete preparando que el proximo sabado te voy a casar en mi Blog.

Ya te tengo un bride especial, Alquilar balcones

8/04/2008 8:40 AM

Anonymous said...

This blog is dead

Agustin Farinas said...

Rubber Head a.k.a. Rectal orifice,
with a little bit of luck it will sweep you out to sea and we will never have to hear from you again. I wish you were blown away by a category 5 hurricane.

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Anonymous said...

Smart and Intelligent
Quote of the day By Marc from Uncommon Sense

"The comparison is false for two reasons: First, whatever you think of Obama, it would be impossible for him to transform his presidency into a dictatorship. The checks on that are too many to mention."


Way to go Marc, heads up

Centurion said...

fantomas said:

Ahora me toca a mi

Manuel , tu Boda fue un fracaso este domingo, vete preparando que el proximo sabado te voy a casar en mi Blog.

Ya te tengo un bride especial, Alquilar balcones

---------------------------------
Que significa esto Fantomas?

Vas a casar a Manuel en tu blog?

Bueno arranca con los detalles para ir preparando la ceremonia desde ya
Por favor respondeme en español el idioma de todos los cubanos, odio el ingles

Agustin Farinas said...

Rubber head said:
"Beware of Karma"
Look who is talking, this is the same rectal orifice that wished the Cuban people a hurricane to sweep the island and now he talks about karma! Your one brain cell must be working overtime.

Vana said...

Agustin:

Funny my friend, ah but you know his one brain cell shorted out a long time ago..lol..

Anonymous said...

Solzhenitsyn was right about so many things. It's interesting how he's been practically blacklisted ever since he delivered his address at Harvard umpteen years ago. There is a DVD which features interviews with AS available on Amazon- where he comes across as a warm and likeable human being- not the monster the US Anglo-Jewish media made him out to be. Don't miss that opportunity!