]]]]]]]]]]]]      WHY YOU CAN TRUST THE SOVIETS        [[[[[[[[[[[[[[ 
                                                               (1983)
     Are you confused about trusting the Soviets? You don't know 
enough about the SALT Treaties to know whether the Soviets are break-
ing them? And more qualified people than you are arguing aout Yellow 
Rain? And the Soviets are no worse than the Latin American dictators?
     Then consider three points where YOU have all the knowledge 
needed to decide whether you can trust them:
     
     1) The USSR signed, and is legally bound by the following Uni-
versal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations:
     "The General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of 
Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and 
all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of 
society, keeping this declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by 
teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and 
freedoms...
     * The right to freedom of opinion and expression.
     * The right to leave one's country and return to it.
     * The right to exercise one's religious beliefs and to educate 
one's children in those beliefs.
     * The right to found organizations, and to receive and 
disseminate information.
     * The right of man to be respected.

     2) On 1 August 1975, the Soviets signed the "Helsinki Agreement," 
pledging themselves to respect "fundamental freedoms, including the 
freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief;" among the stated 
objectives were: freer movement of persons, institutions and organiza-
tions; wider exchange of information; increased cultural exchanges and 
broader dissemination of books, films, other media, and artistic 
works. 
     Far from keeping the agreement, Soviet citizens who attempted to 
form groups checking on how the Helsinki Agreement was being observed 
in the USSR were arrested, sentenced to long terms in concentration 
camps or imprisoned in "psychiatric clinics" without trial.

     3) There are at least three substantial differences between the 
repressive regimes of the Third World and those of the USSR and her 
colonies (and please do not mistake the listing of these differences 
for approval):
     * The repression is usually political, with at least some econo-
mic freedoms preserved, and the government claims little or none of 
the citizens' own free time. Totalitarian repression is total.
     * The dictators of the Third World are not a menace to the 
freedom and survival of the United States.
     * The lowliest black in South Africa or the poorest peon in 
Argentina is free to avoid repression by leaving his country. But even 
that freedom of last resort is denied to the serfs of the Soviet Em-
pire by a wide belt of mine fields, police dogs, watch towers, barbed 
wire barriers, and machine gun nests along the borders of the USSR and 
her colonies.

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