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Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev?

Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev?

Ronald Reagan may have tried to make a believer of Mikhail Gorbachev.

The president said he had a letter from the widow of a young World War II soldier. He was lying in a shell hole at midnight, awaiting an order to attack. He had never been a believer, because he had been told God did not exist. But as he looked up at the stars he voiced a prayer hoping that, if he died in battle, God would accept him. That piece of paper was found on the body of a young Russian soldier who was killed in that battle.

And he wasn’t the only President doing this sort of thing.

Nine years earlier, Reagan’s predecessor Jimmy Carter had stunned his aides when he asked the South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee about his religious beliefs and then told Park, “I would like you to know about Christ.”

via Kottke

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