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RE: Who was the greatest American villain of the 20th century?
GermanStar - 1/26/2005 11:23 AM
Wasn't Hiss pretty much exonerated? I think many folks see him as a victim, although I know there will always be doubt.
I have a hard time seeing him as a great villian - what damage did he actually do, even if he was a spy? From what I recollect, he was nothing more than a scarecrow McCarthy and Nixon created as a "communist infiltrator". Compared to the Rosenbergs, who revealed the secrets of the Atomic Bomb to the Russians, or Aldrich Aims, the mole who betrayed hundreds of US agents to the Soviet firing squads, Hiss was a nobody.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
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