January 18, 1991, Friday, FINAL EDITION
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 12A
LENGTH: 402 words
HEADLINE: Cut off favors to the Soviet regime
BYLINE: James Bovard, Guest columnist
DATELINE: ROCKVILLE, Md.
BODY: James Bovard is author of The Farm Fiasco and the forthcoming The Myth of
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Once again, the Red Army has proven that tanks and paratroopers
can rout unarmed civilians. Once again, the West is bank-rolling a Soviet leader's
efforts to enslave the people of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Gorbachev has denounced the Lithuanian government as a ''bourgeois dictatorship''
and justified sending in troops to ''prevent bloodshed.'' As usual, the Soviet
media are blaming the violence on the unarmed men, women and children who got
in the path of Soviet bullets. Gorbachev is clearly intent on crushing the democratically
elected governments in the Baltics.
What does the Bush administration, the scourge of the Persian Gulf, do? President
Bush admits he is ''disturbed,'' Secretary of State James Baker confesses he is
''concerned,'' and the administration is reportedly considering ''temporarily
suspending technical exchanges.'' There are no plans to stop forcing U.S. taxpayers
to provide $ 1 billion to feed the Red Army via grain export subsidies or to stop
other pending credit subsidies.
Yet, it is obvious that Gorbachev is using U.S. food aid to force Soviet republics
to sign a treaty to surrender their independence and submit to Moscow. As Sen.
Bob Dole said, ''Gorbachev has offered the people of these republics two options:
sign or starve.''
The USA should cease all economic aid and all economic credits to the Soviet regime.
All sales of military-related technology should be prohibited. All arms control
negotiations should be suspended - especially since the Soviets already admit
to violating the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty signed in November.
(c) 1991 USA TODAY, January 18, 1991
We should send and accept ambassadors to the Baltic republics. We should offer
duty-free entry into the USA for all goods produced in and exported from the Baltics.
This would provide a great stimulus to their economic development and independence
and would counteract the economic blockade imposed on these states by Moscow.
The CIA did an excellent job in bank-rolling and aiding the Solidarity union in
Poland during the dark days of the early to mid-'80s. The CIA should provide massive
covert aid to democratic groups in break-away Soviet republics.
Just because there are no oil fields in the Baltics does not mean that the USA
should continue feeding the tank crews that crush Baltic citizens.