how the USA with the expansion of NATO created Putin and a New Cold War - why the Soviet Union (советский Союз) really endedhttps://youtu.be/8X7Ng75e5gQMay 2nd 1988: NewYork Times Thomas Friedman interviewing Kenan
on the question of the expansion of NATO eastwards:
- ”I think it is the beginning of a new cold war,” said Mr. Kennan from his Princeton home.
- ”I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies.”
- “I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever.”
- He was also one of the group of foreign policy elders known as “The Wise Men“.(src)
2018: NATO is now even practicing war in Poland.
To put this into perspective, how would USA feel, if Russia would do military exercises – with 18.000 soldiers in Venezuela? It would be an outrage, US would be infuriated and feel threatened, huh? How come? Double standards?
also interesting: Pozner
says, the coup of Yeltsin
was done – because Yeltsin was power greedy and first and foremost wanted to remove Gorbachev – to remove Gorbachev he had to remove the Soviet Union – no Soviet Union – no president of the Soviet Union (Gorbachev).
So you could say – the US did not defeat the Soviet Union – the Soviet Union was destroyed from the inside by someone willing to sacrifice it – to gain power.
In retrospect Gorbachev – which i regard as a very clever man – he was “the modern, friendly, open minded” face of the Soviet Union, he knew he would be going to be ripped off by the Americans for being almost too friendly and did it anyway (in an almost naive way, hence his still pretty poor ratings in Russia) – was challenged and almost forced by Yeltsin’s treason – to commit atrocities – to save the Soviet Union – which he did not decide to do – but could have done.
He could have ordered the military to simply shoot Yeltsin – as a traitor to the Soviet Union – on sight.
Tragically – Mr Putin is “the strong man” the Russians want – and hence it is “approved” that he kills whoever challenges him e.g. Boris Nemtsov
(On 27 February 2015, the girlfriend survived, as sole eyewitness to the assassination of Boris Nemtsov
Duritskaya, had been in a relationship for over two years with Boris Nemtsov
, a leading opposition figure to Vladimir Putin
, and Russian military intervention in Ukraine
Had Gorbachev a sniper commando to shoot traitor Yeltsin – maybe the Soviet Union would still exist to this date.
So Putin does what he has to do to make Russia strong and united – even if that means killing people.
This is understandable.
At the same time Putin needs to be (financial) economically very clever to keep the Russian economy up and running and gradually move it off fossil fuels.
Germany and Russia had a very vivid trade relationships, which scared the US the most.
Germany now is – at least partly – pretty pissed at its own obvious lack of sovereignty – now again tested – because it shall not trade with Iran either as the Washington commands.
I appeal to all US-thinkers: look how Obama has dealt with Russia. In a clever and intelligent way – not with arrogance and aggression.
China is “officially” a communist dictatorship – but has taken a very capitalist open free market turn – in stark contrast to North Korea – now even surpassing the US in economic terms – which in return challenges the US and Mr Trump is now trying to “pull the plug” on China, because (as Mr Pozner correctly stated) the US wants to stay the only unchallenged super power.
Basically the Soviet Union was destroyed from the inside by too much greed for power – not from the outside – so you can not say – the US defeated the Soviet Union – it was selfdestruction from the inside and Gorbachev’s unwillingness to “restore order” with an iron fist.Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner
: Влади́мир Влади́мирович По́знер; born 1 April 1934) is a French
journalist and broadcaster best known in the West for appearing on television to represent and explain the views of the Soviet Union
during the Cold War
He was memorable as a spokesman for the Soviets in part because he grew up in the United States
and speaks English, Russian and French fluently.
PS: Please do not think that i glorify the Stalinist Soviet Union, because according to one documentary it was largely build on slave labor (gulag).
The US does not enslave individual people directly – it enslaves whole nations – by sending economic hitman
to freshly elected presidents – offering a loan in US-Dollar this (South American) nation never can pay back – or threaten the president there will be an “accident” (mostly airplane crash) – so president has to say yes – so US-companies build US-infrastructure projects and then hold the whole nation (Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay) in debt ransom.
For the record: I have – personally – witnessed a DDR/East-German family – which did not cheer during the fall of the Berlin wall. Exactly the opposite. With the end of the Soviet Union this family also broke into pieces – the father was unable to adapt to “capitalism rushing in” and now lives – psychological badly damaged – in a mental ill home.
The family is shattered forever.
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