Most readers of ChicagoNow.com don't know of or remember the "Captive Nations." They were those nations that were enslaved by tyrannical rule, mostly by brutal communist dictatorships. The captive nations began to breathe freedom with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union 25 years ago.
You had to have been there when it happened, to the utter amazement and delight of the free world as one by one, the captive nations gained their liberty. Among them were Poland, East Germany and Hungary. Eventually, the Soviet Union itself fell into the democratic orbit.
Here are the rest of the captive nations:
The Soviet Union fell for two main reasons: (1) America won the arms race; the Soviet Union ultimately couldn't keep up without bankrupting itself. And (2) ultimately the communist system failed, unable to keep up with the blessings of democracy and free enterprise.
Now Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, besides returning his own form of tyranny to Russia, is trying to take back those countries and snatch away their freedoms. We can't let that happen.