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Decades Later, Still a Death Sentence for Dissidents

November 8th, 2013 - 12:49 am

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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.

Condemning the heresies of the past is indeed the most difficult step in the transition from tyranny to democracy. In the 1950s, when I was deputy chief of the Romanian trade mission in West Germany, I witnessed how the Third Reich was demolished, and how the country became a Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) that made it the leading power in Europe. But not until 1998 was the Bundestag able to adopt a law canceling the sentences given to Claus von Stauffenberg, who had led a plot to assassinate Hitler, and to all other Germans who had, in one way or another, helped the Allies fight Nazism. Horst Heymann, the president of the Bundestag commission that initiated this law, apologized to the German people because their parliament had taken 50 years to arrive at that point. Now the Germans who fought Nazism are honored in the grandiose Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the country’s new museum of history.

Germany needed half a century to condemn Nazism, because that heresy was born in Germany and was rooted in her soil. Communism and its political police were not born in Romania. They were imported from the Soviet Union, and Romania should not wait for new generations to repudiate them.

It is now time for the Romanian president, prime minister and parliament to move from words to action, and to initiate a Heymann-style law that would rehabilitate—judicially and politically—the hundreds of thousands of anti-communists who are still sentenced in Romania, twenty years after the Soviet empire collapsed.

It is also time for Romania’s leaders and for her media to make a fundamental decision: What does “treason” really mean, and who is really a “traitor”?

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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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I sometimes wonder if trial by combat is not the best and truest justice.
When we consider that Eric Holder and his pals; scummy, cheating, pansies that they are, with the full power and might of the Government behind them, can abuse citizens by merely accusing them of anything at all, trial by combat would be clean and neat, with the result unappealable.
It is the ultimate bar to tyranny, because Holder would have thousands calling him out, and would, therefore, be marked for certain death, eventually, no matter how good he thought he was. Such men used to become exiles. Few chose death. Many more chose to be more careful about whom they took for victims.
The Constitution was written when the way to enforce performance of oaths was a duel. Then it was social disapproval. Now there is no enforcement, so oaths become foolish things, spoken without a thought.
Trial by combat. Let's find out how brave those lawyerly scum are, when faced with an actual deadly penalty for sinister or even capricious behavior.
I want the pay-per-view rights, because it was my idea.
46 weeks ago
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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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