After World War II, “salami tactics” were used in Hungary. Opponents of Soviet control were removed “a few slices at a time” so as not to cause violent indigestion. Josef Cardinal Mindszenty opposed the Communist takeover, so he was arrested on December 26, 1948 and sentenced to life imprisonment. “In Hungary several hundred thousand people were prosecuted in 1948 – 1953, and, according to different estimates, between 700,000 and 800,000 were convicted.” The cover story was they had committed crimes against the state. 
Eventually, the people of Hungary rose up against the oppression. In response, the Soviet army went into action on October 24, 1956 in Budapest. But the Soviet army retreated on October 30th.  It looked like a great victory for the Hungarians.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “I feel with the Hungarian people.” John Foster Dulles, American Secretary of State, said, “To all those suffering under communist slavery, let us say you can count on us.” 
Then, on the night of November 3-4, the Soviet army returned. Fighting resumed. Pockets of resistance held out until mid-November.  Where were the Americans? Where was the help which had been promised?
Fast forward to Lugansk and Donetsk, two eastern provinces of Ukraine, in 2014. Partly emboldened by promises from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would intervene to protect the Russian speaking people of Ukraine, those two provinces dared to revolt against a neo-Nazi government installed in Kiev with the assistance of Senator John McCain and Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State. “If it gets really bad, President Putin will protect us,” thought the people of Lugansk and Donetsk.
Things have gotten very bad for civilians in Lugansk. But where is Putin? And where is anyone else for that matter? The Russian President has made vague motions for humanitarian intervention. The United Nations, as usual, is talk-talk-talking. The humble Pope Francis is being so very humble, as usual. The Vatican seems to be taking a pro-Kiev stance. The “Ukrainian military has struggled to calm the separatist unrest”, reports the Catholic News Agency.  “Struggled to calm”!? Firing artillery indiscriminately at civilians is a “struggle to calm”?
Elsewhere, the Catholic bishops are “highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues.”  But what about refugees fleeing a violent situation in Lugansk and Donetsk? Don’t they count with His Humbleness? Or do only Catholic refugees, and not Russian Orthodox refugees, matter to Pope Francis?
——- Sources ——-
 The Black Book of Communism, by Mark Kramer, Consulting Editor et al. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999
 “The Hungarian Uprising of 1956”, History Learning Site. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/hungarian_uprising_1956.htm
 “Pope laments loss of innocent life in Malaysian plane crash”,
by Elise Harris. Catholic News Agency, July 18, 2014. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-laments-loss-of-innocent-life-in-malaysian-plane-crash-78605/
 “Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize”, Catholic News Agency, August 8, 2014. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/refugees-fleeing-violence-deserve-care-bishops-emphasize-13672/