Russian Dominance in Europe?
Almost 23 years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the observation by various pundits and talk show hosts that a new Soviet State is in the works is quite right. The new Soviet State will, however, enjoy a startling advantage over the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The new Soviet State will be acting in close connection with an increasingly powerful and aggressive Communist China.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that there is an alliance with the Peoples Republic of China, and a major Moscow-based think tank dismisses those who express their concerns about a Moscow-Beijing partnership as "Internet hamsters."
Deeds, however, are confounding denials.
The real deal
The flow of Russian gas and oil to China is about to increase substantially, Russian-Chinese military and technical cooperation continues unabated, and there are even good relations between the Communist Parties of both nations. The reality is that we are in the early phase of a Moscow-Beijing axis, a dangerous reality which politicians and pundits refuse to recognize, just as they refused to see a Russian threat until the takeover of Crimea.
A Russia-China pipeline opened in 2011, with more planned
The United States is in a somewhat better position, but not by much. Years of military cut backs, a "peace dividend" that followed the collapse of the USSR, and a turn by several U.S. presidents away from readiness against major power aggression to small anti-terror operations have taken a serious toll on American preparedness.
The appalling weakness of President Barack Obama in the face of Russian aggression fits neatly within the scenario of America's self-imposed superpower decline.
The overall decline of Western European and American readiness can be attributed to one major factor: the fall of the Soviet Union and absolute blindness to what followed.
Strategic importance of the ‘fall of Communism’
As the Soviet flag was lowered for the last time, most of the world rejoiced at the end of the "Evil Empire" and the "Fall of Communism." The Soviet Union was no more; freedom had come to the long suffering Russian people; some even saw the hand of God in the "defeat" of atheistic Communism. China's brand of Communism would soon collapse as did its Russian counterpart, at least so said the major pundits of the era.
The first president of the "new" Russia, Boris Yeltsin, declared to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 1992 that the "idol of Communism" was dead, never to return. The once mighty Soviet armed forces disappeared and were replaced with a fast-decaying Russian military. Nuclear submarines rusted riding at anchor. The Russian army became an ill-equipped shadow of the Soviet war machine.
Yeltsin with false promises of peace with the West ...
Corruption and violence within the Russian political system was deemed by Western pundits as simply democratic growing pains.
But something was going very wrong in the "new" Russia.
So-called "Wild West Capitalism" (an insult to both Capitalism and the American West) resulted in vast fortunes being made at the expense of the public murder of rivals. As a few made immense personal fortunes, the average Russian fought merely to survive. The Soviet-era economic safety net had disappeared with nothing to take its place.
Death was not only a solution to business rivalries, but also stalked journalists critical of the government and some political opponents. The promise of societal "openness" faded into an intimidated silence. As a new fear began to grip Russia, most major economic enterprises fell into the hands of those with ties to present or former Soviet intelligence agencies.
The warnings from dissidents such as Elena Bonner that the "KGB" ruled Russia fell on deaf ears as money continued its flow into Russia.
Deaf ears to dissident Elena Bonner's warning that communists never lost power in Russia
It is doubtful that recently imposed U.S./Euro sanctions will seriously affect the participation by the U.S., or other nations, in Skolkovo.
U.S. pundits and politicians not only ignored the warnings of dissidents like Bonner, but also disregarded Russia's expensive rearmament program, new weapons development, the continued use of Red Army emblems and insignias, and the establishment of military training camps for promising Russian youth.
Putin made no secret of his high regard for the old USSR, calling its demise a "geopolitical catastrophe." Putin has given the soldiers and spies of the old Soviet Union medals and honors. The Russian government has cultivated a general reverie for all things Soviet.
Even mass murderer Josef Stalin got something of a whitewash. The general feeling about Stalin now coming from Moscow is that everyone makes mistakes.
The old Soviet Union has achieved an almost folklore status of honor and respect. No longer is it assumed that the USSR floundered as a result of its own crimes and errors. Recently, a group of politicians in the Duma (the lower house of the Russian legislature) began the process of bringing criminal charges against whoever was found to have caused the collapse of the USSR.
Today, we are facing a far different reality than that promised by Yeltsin as he spoke to the U.S. Congress. Russian spying against the U.S. and the West is at Cold War levels. Moscow is allied with every anti-American regime from North Korea to Iran. Moscow continues to fund Venezuela's neo-Marxist State, just as its aid to Communist Cuba has continued unabated since the collapse of the USSR.
A large Communist Party rally in Moscow square with the same symbols everywhere
Because of Russia's takeover of Crimea and continuous threat against Ukraine, many in America are now aware of a Russian danger, and some even recognize Putin's drive for a new version of the old "Evil Empire." There still is, unfortunately, difficulty in understanding that Moscow does not stand alone, but has a powerful ally in Communist China, a growing danger to America's allies and the U.S. fleet in the Pacific.
It's time to face these threats clearly. It is long past time to recognize that the Moscow oligarchy is not our friend, and that, in fact, it is attempting to establish some form of overt Communism in Russia. We are still this oligarchy's "main enemy."
Our representatives should review U.S. investment and technical expertise that continues flowing to Russia, and cut our financial dependence on China, as well. We should not be tied to aggressive, anti-democratic regimes, or we will face Europe's plight.
At home, we must also be strong. A first class military is an absolute necessity, but so is a solid, clear thinking homeland. The training of America's youth is an absolute priority. The Left's propaganda and its "political correctness" can no longer be allowed to dominate American education. Reality must displace the Left's socialist prejudices.
Funding is the key. The public must demand an accurate presentation of U.S. society, history, and economic system at all levels in America's classrooms, or lose financial support. This pressure can be applied at federal and state levels, and by private donors.
The threat to human freedom is now serious and could become extremely grave, but we have risen to such challenges before. It is time again to come to the defense of God-given human freedom.
After all, we have on our coins, "In God We Trust."
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