Conservative Talker Called Gorbachev ‘Ray of Hope’ Befor Reagan’s ‘Tear Down this Wall’ Speech
(Wednesday June 12 will mark the anniversary of President Reagan’s historical challenge to Soviet leader Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall.” Below is an excerpt from The Right Frequency, an Amazon Best Seller, of legendary talk radio host Barry Farber’s commentary in a Soviet publication months before Reagan’s immortal words.)
Later that same year, the prestigious weekly Soviet newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta published Farber’s denunciation of Soviet communism, and Soviet crimes unedited, but with a response from the newspaper’s political editor Alexander Sabov.
The Soviet paper put a preface on the Farber op-ed, warning readers:
“Our correspondent in the USA has dictated to our editorial office alongside the article of Barry Farber the following note: ‘On your request, I am sending to you the article of the zealous advocate of the Truman Doctrine.
The author is a well-known publicist of ultraconservative outlooks. On New York radio an announcement on the unprecedented proposal for an adversary of the Soviet Union to write in Literaturnaya Gazetta was transmitted. If now the publication does not take place or is printed abridged a scandal would be fanned in the local press (in New York).’ We print a word-for-word translation of B. Farber’s article not because we fear
scandal, of course. It was in the essence of our editorial intention to give our readers a chance to get acquainted in the original with the stereotypes of anti-Sovietism and a concrete proof of the old way of thinking, which is clearly outdated in our time.”
Farber wrote that despite U.S. efforts to contain the spread of communism “it is less safe there (in Western Europe) than in 1947 because of the all-powerful Soviet military.”
He wrote that Soviet control of Eastern Europe and installing Communist dictators in Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Cuba and Nicaragua ended the goodwill the two nations had during World War II.
“We loved the Soviet Union when it was our partner in the fight against Hitler. It would be good to love you again,” Farber wrote. He added that reforms proposed by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s reform efforts, “gave us, too, a ray of hope and a little warmth in our hearts.”
Farber admitted to being impressed the Soviet paper did not censor him. “I listed every Soviet crime I could fit in. The Berlin blockade, the repression of the Hungarian revolt, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, the downing of KAL flight 007, the refusal to let Jews and others leave the Soviet Union, the invasion of Afghanistan, the takeover of the Baltic states. I called the role of all the Soviet crimes,” he said. “I didn’t think they would actually print it. Actually, their preface to my article was rather mild. … I am flattered, encouraged and impressed. But I will be more impressed when a Soviet writer can write the Literary Gazette and get it printed then get a call from a Politburo member saying ‘Your politics are all wet but let me buy you a beer.’”