Essay: Why Lithuania Is Not Like South Carolina

As Lithuania is slowly strangled, it appeals to the world for help. The world turns away ashamedly. Shame, because we know that the Lithuanian cause is just.

Why? Is it not true, as Columbia University historian Eric Foner asserts, that "there really is a genuine parallel between Lincoln and Gorbachev" ? That "Lincoln's position, like Gorbachev's, was that a union, no matter how it was formed, cannot be abandoned." Why do we praise Lincoln for launching a war to save the Union but denounce Gorbachev for much milder actions?

The usual answer -- the Lithuanian answer -- is an appeal to...

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