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  •  Soviet military (3+ / 0-)

    ...was an occupying force.  Occupying forces, unless the include large numbers of locals, tend to be very brutal.

    The militaries least likely to fire on protesters in widely supported revolutions are those that are conscripted from a broad-base of society or from the population most likely to be in revolt.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 12:44:51 PM PST

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    •  Right, which belies (1+ / 0-)
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      DrSteveB's use of it as an example in the diary.  Number 2 is relevant to the Central/Eastern European experience, but not 1 and 3.

      I know it's a minor point, but it didn't seem to make sense in the context he's using it.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 01:09:25 PM PST

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      •  Soviet Union decided not to use (2+ / 0-)
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        troops in Eastern Europe in 1989. The individual countries did not use their own forces vs. the people.

        Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

        by coral on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 02:31:02 PM PST

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