The Pope and Communism, Part II
From the Washington Times (print edition):
As with Ronald Reagan’s ascendance to the presidency in 1980, the election of a pope from behind the Iron Curtain — the first non-Italian in 450 years — proved to be a decisive turning point in the Cold War.
This seems to be a bit of myth-making. As I stated in an earlier post, I believe the Pope was rather weak in the face of tyranny. Interestingly enough, most of the commentary on that post disagrees with me, but relies on an argument that the Pope’s role in defeating communism is self evident. As a student of America’s Cold War foreign policy, I remain unconvinced.