Friday, June 23, 2006

Ami go home? Ami, where were you!

The mass media in Hungary and abroad were at pains to stress that Bush's visit to Budapest was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. What pundits failed to point out was that the revolution occurred in late October, not June. The timing here is important: many Hungarians -- especially the few remaining survivors of the revolution -- didn't want the American president in Hungary during the official anniversary in October, when Bush was initially invited.

Many still look back with bitterness and pain at how the US reacted to the revolution 50 years ago. After promising the occupied nations of Central and Eastern Europe assistance if they break free from the chains of communism, when this actually happened in October 1956 and no help had come, many felt betrayed.

TP: Occupying Forces

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