For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
When I was a young boy back in the 60’s, the Soviet Union was THE menace – a horrible place where the unspeakable was everyday life. Their leaders were evil, their people drunk and stupid, their way of life backward, yet they could destroy the U.S. with the push of a button.
The civil service drills of scurrying under your desk at school with the sound of an alarm that drilled terror into a young boy went well, from what I remember. We’d nervously look at each other, then peer out from under our desks, looking for our teacher, who was either under her desk or down the hall getting a quick cup of coffee. Who knew for sure.
Parents back then shook their head with worry or disgust, or both, when “that” country was mentioned. The Soviet Union, the “Red menace”, home to communists who sought to take us over and do unimaginable things to us – that was the message. Even a picture of a bear could invoke images of mushroom clouds exploding over head.
Of course, nothing nuclear happened, though there were those close calls (the Cuban missile crisis) but thankfully, the cooler heads (along with luck) of JFK and Khrushchev prevailed and the world was saved from catastrophe.
With the assassination of JFK, the Cold War became solidly entrenched in American geopolitical operations and allowed the military/security complex to flourish. The more nuclear weapons the USA had – all the better. Military expenditures for the USA during the Cold War are estimated at $5.5 Trillion.
The 80’s saw an end to the Cold War, a simplification being that the US economy had more resiliency than the Soviet economy, evidenced with President Reagan’s support of the mujahideen (holy warriors) in Afghanistan that cost the US $1 Billion annually, and 8 times that amount for the Soviet Union.
But now, most Washington lunatics and nearly all of the mainstream media have gone back to the days when I was a kid, shouting from the rooftops, laptops, TV screens and from the mouths of nearly every deranged politician and media personality that Putin is on a campaign to destroy democracy in the U.S (Newsweek). The article was on par with Newsweeks’ recent glimpse into Putin’s mind. I was disappointed though, as the writer didn’t extend Putin’s demonic Jedi mind tricks to include replacing hamburgers and hot dogs with vodka and borscht.
The red boogieman is back and thank the war gods it is – how else to justify the Department of Defense, along with a host of agencies charged with “protecting the nation” only needing a measly $824.7 Billion for Fiscal Year 2018, if you don’t have an enemy.
Even writers critical of Washington, such as Paul Street’s recent article on CounterPunch and the English language Russian website, Strategic Culture Foundation, cannot bring themselves to state the truth that the US military/security complex needs a major enemy, has elected Russia for that role, and intends to defend this orchestration to the end of humanity on earth.
Street writes about “How Russia Became ‘Our Adversary’ Again.” According to Street, Russia became the enemy of choice because Russia protected part of the world’s population and resources from being exploited by global capital. Russia became the number one enemy of the US also because Putin stopped the American exploitation of Russia economically. Putin is in the way of Washington’s exploitation of the world.
As Putin has done what any sane leader of a country would do – protecting a part of the world’s population from economic ruin, and that country just happens to be the country he leads, well, screw that – Washington can’t abide.
“Without the moral values that are rooted in Christianity and other world religions, without rules and moral values which have formed and been developed over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity.
AND RUSSIA THINKS IT IS RIGHT AND NATURAL TO DEFEND AND PRESERVE THESE MORAL VALUES.” ~ Vladimir Putin
When Washington and their media slaves (or is it vice-versa) hears of such talk, they first soil themselves, then start their hyena-like chorus of derision, proclaiming that such moral values are outdated and exclusionary, especially in an advanced, progressive and tolerant country such as the USA, that tolerates anything and everything, except moral values.
Who knows what will come with Trump’s meeting with Vlad the Impaler this coming Monday. If it’s anything even close to what the hysterical media in the West forecast it to be, we’ll all soon be wearing ushanka’s.
More than likely the outcome…Russia will continue being Russia, resisting Washington’s ways and Washington will continue being Washington, completely out of its depth in understanding a good part of the world is waking up, and will no longer bend the knee to continued Washington hegemony. Then again, who really knows what the guy with orange hair will do. With Vlad and the Donald meeting behind closed doors, speaking face to face, some adulting might get done, leaving the media clutching their pearls as their heads explode.
Tonight’s musical offering:
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 ~ Finale ~ Conductor : 정명훈 Chung Myung-Whun (Seoul Phil Orchestra Music Director & Permanent Orchestra Conductor) ~ Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
(music so beautiful that even the Triangle player is smiling at the end!)
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/@photos/villamon/