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Decades Later, Still a Death Sentence for Dissidents

November 8th, 2013 - 12:49 am


Last week – yes, in anno domini 2013the Romanian Supreme Court  – yes, the highest court in the country – declined to cancel a 1974 death sentence issued by a two-bit communist Dracula named Ceausescu to an anti-communist, Constantin Răuţă, who is now an American citizen. This American “traitor” committed the “crime” of “betraying” communist Romania’s criminal political police, the brutal Securitate, and of helping the United States to defeat the Soviet evil.

It would be farcical, if it were not so utterly devastating for the international prestige of both NATO and Romania.

Răuţă is a reputable American scientist, who over the past thirty years worked on important U.S. aerospace projects. His native Romania will soon be protected by a ballistic missile defense system in the development of which, ironically, Răuţă himself played a role. Construction of that U.S. interceptor missile facility in Deveselu, Romania, is scheduled to be finished in 2014. Yet, absent a miracle, Răuţă will be still sentenced to death in that country.

On November 23, 2002, when the Romanians were officially informed that their country was being seated at the NATO table, a rainbow appeared in the sky over Bucharest. President George W. Bush, visiting the Romanian capital at the time, told a cheering crowd, “God is smiling at us.” God was indeed smiling at Romania. From one day to the next, that country, which had endured a long and dark history of Roman, Ottoman, Phanariot and Soviet occupations, no longer had to fear foreign domination. American weapons—some designed by Răuţă—and American soldiers—some now stationed in Romania—are committed to defending that country’s territorial integrity.

Yet some members of the Romanian justice system seem incapable of facing up to the fact that their country has been admitted into NATO, although they are perhaps even being chauffeured around in limousines imported from NATO countries.

In the past five years, 6,284 people sentenced by the communists for, in one way or another, helping the United States and NATO to demolish the Soviet empire have asked to have their sentences canceled, but only three have succeeded—because of media pressure. More than 500,000 patriots killed or terrorized by the communists have yet to be rehabilitated.

Post-Ceausescu Romania has been transformed in unprecedented positive ways. The barriers the communists and the Securitate spent 40 years erecting between Romania and the rest of the world, as well as between individual Romanians, are slowly coming down. Private propriety is being gradually restored, and a new generation of intellectuals is struggling to develop a new national identity. On December 18, 2006, the Romanian president condemned communism as “an unlawful and culpable regime,” and he apologized to those whose lives had been destroyed by despotism. In a speech to the nation, he explained that the right to condemn communism’s crimes was given to him by “the need to make Romania a country of laws.” The current Romanian prime minister, a former prosecutor himself, fully agreed.

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As someone who witnessed the insanity of the Ceausescu regime after
Mr. Pacepa defected, I can attest to the uncanny nightmare that was
inflicted on the Romanian populace. This blog is not a sufficient forum
to enter into all that detail, but, if you can imagine being raped of
your dignity on every level, you would be not off the mark. Romanians
were brave to remain and do what they could to preserve their integrity,
and Romanians were brave to escape to salvage their integrity.

Today I see Romanians that have lived a full life for 20-25 years in Australia,
Canada, America, Europe, etc. after escaping their Communist nightmare,
and it breaks my heart a little. A despicable government made life so miserable that it drove its citizens to make excruciating decisions to escape their homeland and meld into another culture. For Romanians, it was too dangerous to tell anyone your plans to leave. You had to make your decision to leave your family, friends and country - alone.

America is a place of refuge, however, I often think: would I have the
courage and conviction that I witnessed in my Romanian friends? Or, would I just get along and survive? Would I make a stand at the risk of imprisonment or worse if America turned against her ideals that I have held so fiercely all my life? Could I make a decision to leave my homeland believing that I would be branded its enemy and never be able to return? I hope I could but I am not certain.

And now here we are. After all the turmoil of those terrible Communist decades, and all the blood shed and sacrifices expended, those Romanians that did have the courage and conviction to make a stand against their Communist masters are still being punished? Didn't Ceausescu and his evil empire die 24 years ago? There is no profit for the Romanian government to continue to uphold these type of death sentences on Romanians whose transgressions were to refuse to commit Communist crimes in the name of an evil government hellbent on total submission of its people. This type of justice appears to be implemented by old vendettas, not by rule of law in an emerging democracy.
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You know, the best and worst of your revelations is that they are necessary. They shouldn't be necessary. Escapees from all of the communist horror states have always been right under the noses of our news media people in NYC.

And Cuba is still right there. Right under our noses as are the Cuban escapees ready to tell their stories.
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yam, our communist media doesn't ever want to hear those stories, because they contradict the vision that they are promoting, see New York's new mayor and his philosophy.
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