|Commander K. and Georgi Markov|
"In the Cause of Freedom"
These days it is often chic, particularly in academic circles, to identify oneself with the extreme left. Millions of people wear Che Guevara T-Shirts and Che, who died in 1967, has over 1.1 million "likes" on Facebook. Many others enjoy quoting Marx on their social media pages. Conversely, those few who quote right wing extremists such as Hitler, Goebbels, Franco or Mussolini in their social media are, quite rightly, dismissed as being lunatic cranks. Don't look for Hollywood's "Motorcycle Diaries" version of Heydrich's life anytime soon.
|Commander K. at Church of St. Candida and Holy Cross, Dorset|
On a recent cycling tour of Dorset I stopped at the Church of St. Candida and Holy Cross where Georgi Markov is buried. His tombstone reads, "In Memory of Georgi Ivanov Markov, Novelist, Playwright, Most dearly beloved by his wife Annabel and daughter Sasha, Born Sofia 1/3/1929, Died London 9/11/1978, In the Cause of Freedom."
What is sometimes forgotten is the ruthless brutality with which communists waged the cold War. Georgie Markov was a distinguished Bulgarian writer. In 1969 he defected to the West, first to Italy and, later, to London where he worked as a journalist for the BBC and Radio Free Europe. He married an Englishwoman from Dorset.
|Georgi Markov, 1929 - 1978, RIP|
On September 7, 1978 Markov was walking across Waterloo bridge in London about to catch a bus to work when he felt a sudden sharp stinging pain in this thigh http://st-james.hubpages.com/hub/The-Notorious-Umbrella-Assassination-of-Georgi-Markov-Upon-Further-Investigation. He saw a man with an umbrella fleeing the scene. He developed a fever and died a few days later. His autopsy revealed that he had been injected with a lethal ricin pellet in a platinum casing. Markov, an outspoken critic of communism, had been silenced by the long arm of the KGB. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi_Markov. The umbrella assassin, working for the Bulgarian government, was never brought to justice.
Commander Kelly says, "Georgi Markov was just one of nearly 100 million victims of Communism in the 20th century. Mao alone accounted for nearly 70 million deaths (see...http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/mao-zedong-major-badass.html). Never forget."
|Commander K. at the Bottle Inn, Marshwood, Dorset|
Special thanks to Toby Pierson for organizing our Dorset cycle trip.
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