While our nation’s spittleflecked jackass pundits and rage-o-maniacs bellow and bray and issue important action alerts about the allegedly fascist government now in control, Solzhenitsyn wrote the one massive work that was considered to be an indictment of a political regime.
Not content to merely reveal the ugliness behind the workers’ paradise from which he was exiled, he also had some barbed words for the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era:
The most cruel mistake occurred with the failure to understand the Vietnam war. Some people sincerely wanted all wars to stop just as soon as possible; others believed that there should be room for national, or communist, self-determination in Vietnam, or in Cambodia, as we see today with particular clarity. But members of the U.S. anti-war movement wound up being involved in the betrayal of Far Eastern nations, in a genocide and in the suffering today imposed on 30 million people there. Do those convinced pacifists hear the moans coming from there? Do they understand their responsibility today? Or do they prefer not to hear?
And that’s the problem with apologists and appeasers: they prefer not to hear.
There are many who did, Mr. Solzhenitysn. And still do.