The Cold War ended 20 years ago, and with it and with it the threat of nuclear annihilation that had hovered over us, as President Kennedy said so memorably, like the “sword of Damocles.’’ The true victors of the Cold War were visionaries like Havel, Walesa and Yeltsin as well as the peoples of Eastern Europe. But, a large share of the credit is also due to George H.W. Bush who has, for too long, been denied the accolades paid to his predecessor, Ronald Reagan. Bush’s persistent, clever and patient diplomacy made the difference in the critical autumn of 1991.
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