Reagan years nothing short of scandalous

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2004

The University of Alaska Fairbanks should be ashamed for firing radio D.J. Scott Hornyak for remarks made on his radio program last week regarding former President Ronald Reagan.

Since 9/11, Americans have been adamant in celebrating the freedom that we have in this county, but the action taken by the university is a clear violation of our First Amendment right of freedom of speech. Mr. Hornyak had every right to say what he said, and I praise him for shedding light on truths about Reagan's presidency, truths which are being ignored by our neoconservative-run government and right-wing corporate media. Every station has been glorifying Reagan's presidency, and why wouldn't they? He was the father of the neoconservative movement, a figure they want to be seen in the history books as one of the greatest presidents in our nation's history.

Reagan's presidency was soiled with scandals and ill-fated backroom deals, which have had dire consequences on American history in the last 20 years.

Last year we went to war with Iraq because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and yes Iraq did (note past tense) have weapons of mass destruction. Reagan sold Saddam Hussein chemical and biological weapons. Because of Reagan's funding of Saddam's terror regime, an estimated 10,000 Iraqi civilians, 5,000 Iraqi soldiers, and 950 coalition soldiers have died in the last year, all because of these weapons, which were destroyed 10 years ago. The media has failed to recognize that Reagan's poor judgment call 20 years ago has alienated America from the rest of the world, and has resulted in the deaths of five times as many people as those who died in 9/11.

Also, we have Reagan's presidency to thank for the tragedies of 9/11. In his attempt to stop communism from spreading into Afghanistan, he had the CIA train, fund and give weapons to Islamic radicals to fight the invading Russians. One of these CIA-trained radicals was none other but Osama Bin Laden. Have the media talked about this? Of course not.

If the media have their way, these undeniable facts will be wiped from our memory of Reagan, forever rewriting the history books. Already they have spun a web of deception which has sheltered Reagan's presidency from any kind of criticism. Thank you, Scott Hornyak, for not being afraid to tell the truth, and shame on UAF for denying someone their First Amendment right.

Yes, I know this letter may be labeled unpatriotic by many people, but it's my right because we supposedly live in a free country.

Daniel Buck

Juneau



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