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Old 14 Aug 09, 09:09
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Originally Posted by Elrat View Post
Are you serious? The SU arranged elections in every country of the Warsaw Pact and the Baltic states but they are regarded as invaders and any legal acts passed or arranged by invaders are void ab initio especially if they stipulate retrospective legitimation of their own actions.
I agree with you.

In principle elections organized by invaders should be void. But as long as the invaders are there they're not. If the invaders stick around for some time and build strong friendly government that is able and committed to upheld the political system imposed as a model then the system introduced with tanks could stand for decades. If the government collapses and people lose faith in the system then the former liberators could turn into being the invaders that they were from the start.

However, as an example of the contrast between Iraq and Eastern Europe, in Iraq people can openly call the US soldiers occupiers and even invaders. Parties and political factions can openly call for their withdrawal. The communist system was far more brutal and unfriendly to freedom of speech.

So though in principle the mechanisms used by the US and by the SU in occupied countries can be considered similar, there is a qualitative difference between the systems imposed. And that makes all the difference for some or most people.
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