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Are you worried about WWIII? You should read this. Do you love history? You should read this. Do you wonder at Russia, especially the enigma of the old USSR? You should read this. Russia is not the USSR. Putin may be cold, but he is rational, and he is a patriot. Russia plays defense. It does not think offense. Even the unimaginable numbers asserted by the Soviet at the height of the Cold War, Russia thought of defense. Her offense was only intended, at least in the Russian heart, to ensure the battle lines were drawn far from Russia’s heartland.

Perhaps the grand communist experiment, the epic failure (which was and always will be inevitable), was able to happen largely due to the mindset of the Russian-related peoples. Perhaps they had lived in danger so long, that stable dread was tolerable. I hope it cannot happen again. Surely enough people know that communism, socialism, in all its forms, fails, moreover, it kills and destroys.

The article is long. Read it anyway. Grab a mug and learn, enjoy it all.

Mr. Hitchens mentions a movie, a documentary of the sorry conditions in the USSR.

In Russian, of course. No English text. So, learn your Russian or guess.

A note of one who was looking for the movie in 2015. https://www.reddit.com/r/russia/comments/2uhv7b/trying_to_find_a_movie/

From the Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100738/

 


The misreading of Russia’s geopolitical situation is especially sad because for the first time in . . . .

Source: The Cold War Is Over by Peter Hitchens | Articles | First Things

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Everyone is aware of the turmoil in Ukraine. The over simplified version is that Ukraine was moving toward Europe and away from Russia. Putin rattled the saber and offered aid (carrot and stick). Ukraine leadership fell in line with Russia and the populous rebelled. Many have already died.

Recall Steve Taylor’s song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEzi2M2u7eQ

http://www.sockheaven.net/discography/taylor/meltdown/05.html

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear
Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

I was a victim of December 1981
I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You plant your missiles while our people wait in line for bread
You hang an army tank above us by a bloody thread

You bought our government they crawl like bleating sheep to you
We know from history that human life is cheap to you

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

You make a mockery of all that we hold sacred here
You drive us underground in hopes that we will disappear

We seek our sanctuary where the altar candle burns
Our dignity’s a legacy the cross of Jesus reaffirms

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear
Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

Rise up my brothers don’t despair the Iron Curtain’s rod
Someday we’ll draw the string assisted by the hand of God

I was a victim of December 1981
I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You made a memory–the memory will multiply
You may kill the body but the spirit–it will never die

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

http://www.sockheaven.net/discography/taylor/meltdown/05.html#about

The parallels in history to both the lead-up to WWI as well as the lead-up to WWII are astonishing. History does repeat. Let us prepare and let us fight for what is right. Resistance is not futile.

No one forgets the six millions Jews killed by the Nazis, though many seem to be preparing to let it happen again, but no one much remembers that the Soviets were responsible for 20 million deaths, many of the Ukrainian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q21Mz9LGivQ

The warnings are there. We have no excuse.

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