CAPTIVE NATIONS PAST AND PRESENT

Heritage Foundation’s Helle C. Dale in 2009 told the history of the Captive Nations Week. Ever since President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the third week of July “Captive Nations Week” in 1959, Americans have acknowledged the citizens of oppressed nations. Excerpts below:

Although the Berlin Wall fell nearly 20 years ago, and although the number of communist countries has dwindled to five–China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos–many peoples around the world face the evils of oppression, communist and otherwise.

Captive nations are unfortunately not a thing of the past. Not only do communist countries such as China and North Korea pose potential roadblocks for U.S. foreign policy, but regimes ruling Iran, Burma, and Libya, among others, provide constant sources of grave concern. Citizens subject to tyranny do not control their own future. They are denied basic human rights and liberties. The United States is often forced to confront these nations on an international stage, and each presents a unique set of problems. It is a challenge that the United States, as the world’s freest and most powerful nation, must continue to meet.

Comment: One can ask who the next Captive Nations in Europe will be. Here is the list from the beginning:

Armenia 1920
Azerbaijan 1920
Belorussia 1920
Cossackia 1920
Georgia 1920
Idel-Ural 1920
North Caucasia 1920
Ukraine 1922
Far Eastern Republic 1922
Turkistan 1922
Mongolian People’s Republic 1924
Estonia 1940
Latvia 1940
Lithuania 1940
Albania 1946
Bulgaria 1946
Serbia 1946
Croatia 1946
Slovenia 1946 (and others)
Poland 1947
Then Czecho-Slovakia 1948
North Korea 1948
Hungary 1949
East Germany 1949
China 1949
Tibet 1951
North Vietnam 1954
Cuba 1960

Who is next when the Soviet Union after 1991 could be restored?

Finland?
Estonia?
Latvia?
Lithuania?
Poland?

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