Friday, July 15, 2011

The Whole World Misses Reagan

The Wall Street Journal no longer posts its articles without subscription but Sam Doniger over at provides with a peek into Peggy Noonan's recent article.
As several European countries celebrate the centennial of Reagan’s birth this year with the unveiling of statues and the renaming of streets, leaders from around the continent are honoring the man who tore down “the distorted and sick ideologies of the 20th century” and “remade the world for us,” Noonan quotes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as saying during the presentation of Reagan’s statue in Budapest.

In Krakow, Poland, Noonan writes, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz celebrated a Mass and stated during his homily: "President Reagan . . . took great pains to bring about the demise of that which he so aptly named 'the evil empire.' This empire of evil denied many people and nations their freedom. It did so by way of a pernicious ideology . . . the result of this experiment was the death and sufferings of millions."

In London, a statue of Reagan was unveiled last week, joining statues of FDR and Eisenhower in Grosvenor Square, just in front of the U.S. Embassy. In Prague, a street was named in his honor.

Orban ended his speech with a call to return to the more glorious age of the U.S. presidency. “We need a Ronald Reagan,” the prime minister said.

Noonan concludes her own reflection with this comment: “And so Mr. Reagan's centennial nears its close. We remember him — and Thatcher, and John Paul — for many reasons. To reinforce and reinspire. To keep fresh our knowledge that history can be made better. To be loyal to the truth.”