First reaction to this: Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Is the Economist really castigating Catherine Ashton for belonging to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1980s?
Second reaction: Are they really castigating her because, and I quote:
“The Kremlin found CND and other ‘peace movements’ useful ways of undermining the unity of NATO, weakening the West’s defence posture and stoking anti-Americanism ... The ex-dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, an expert in Soviet penetration of the West, says, ‘the worldwide disarmament campaign in the early 1980s was covertly orchestrated from Moscow. To a substantial extent it was also funded by the Soviet bloc.’”
Third reaction: Well, it didn’t appear in their print edition, but in a web-only column called Europe.view, so it doesn’t count.
Fourth reaction: I’m not that old. It counts. Red baiting? In 2009? Really?
Fifth reaction: Damn, the other columns in Europe.view are almost as crazy.
Sixth reaction: I’m still sick, but how often do you get to hear real funk music these days? So I have other things to do, even though I will regret it.
I leave you with a question: has the rot from Lexington spread, or is this column just a one-off bit of teh crazy?