|Lady Black of Crossharbour|
|Born||Barbara Joan Estelle Amiel
4 December 1940
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Gary Smith (1964â€“1964)
George Bloomfield (1965â€“1971)
George Jonas (1974â€“1979)
David Graham (1984â€“1988)
Conrad Black (1992â€“present)
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Palm Beach, Florida, US
|Education||University of Toronto|
|Occupation||Writer, columnist, socialite|
|Known for||Wife of Conrad Black|
|Salary||$1.1 million (1997â€“2003)|
Among those people lucky enough, if you will, to have actually been brought to trial as a political prisoner, several historians have said there has not been one acquittal since the Bolshevik Revolution.
Our society is not perfect and this will come as no surprise to many of you.
Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to labour camps for life or cutting off their hands without a trial.
Of course the barbarians' aim of world domination has not escaped the attention of the Europeans, perhaps because unlike us they are closer to the walls.
Since Europe is dependent on imports of energy and most of its raw materials, it can be subdued, if not quite conquered, without all those nuclear weapons the Soviets have aimed at it simply through the shipping routes and raw materials they control.
Outside the walls, among others, is the Soviet Empire. It is malevolent, destructive and expanding. It has swallowed up over half a dozen countries since World War II.
I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity of travelling across this country and enduring all the classic situations that go with talking to people.
It did not occur to us that the Marxists' solution was fraudulent or that their vision was distorted, that whatever the wrongs in our society it was not the ideology of theirs that will cure them.
The People's Republic of China has not yet reached the military might of the Soviet Empire. It requires a little more time and a little more infusion of Western aid, loans, technology and the hard currency of our tourists.
Here in Canada, in the Western world, we are inside the walls. Outside the walls are the barbarians.
There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.
I have got up at truly deplorable hours in the morning to confront Vancouver's Jack Webster on television because I have been told that is the place to get exposure for ideas.
In a free world there is, alas, more common crime than in a dictatorial system.
When faced with the inevitable fatigue that comes with the recycling of speeches and the recycling of thoughts in a rather small stream of vortex, I am urged to not be ashamed of recycling.
There are, of course, all sorts of other unpleasant regimes outside the walls as well – the military dictators of Latin America and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
All share complicity in the destruction of that much under-rated phenomenon called liberty.
The interests of the Soviet Union are in controlling highly developed countries and having the benefit of their economies so that they can run their own inefficient empire.
By now it is evident that the Soviet Union must gain control of Europe to maintain its empire.
Only a free West can help the prisoners of today's left- and right-wing dictatorships.