Snakes on a chessboard
Listening in bed to CBS News from 1943.
Russia and Germany were fighting for control of Donetsk.
Of course you can't compare the total kill-everything war of WW2 with the current semi-riot semi-revolt situation, but it's still an odd inverted echo. Before 1945, Russia and America had been steady if not very friendly allies for 200 years. We had been on the same side in every war, and had fought in tandem in WW1 and WW2. [Sidenote: as our idiot media do their idiot BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG AMERICAAAAAAA REMEMBAAAAAAS shit for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, it reminds me that we are CURRENTLY on the same side with Russia in fighting Chechen rebels. It should remind us that Russia's intel agencies TRIED to warn us about the Tsarnaev brothers well in advance, but we fucking paid no fucking attention. Fucking stupid beyond all fucking imaginable fucking stupidities as fucking always.]
But America had also engaged in tremendous trade with both Japan and Germany before and between WW1 and WW2. At the start of WW1, we had to hurriedly develop our own radio equipment and weapons because we had been buying and using superior Kraut products. At the start of WW2, Japan had to hurriedly develop its own radio equipment and weapons because it had been buying and copying superior American products.
Stalin understood this commercial tendency, and also understood that American foreign policy was wildly unpredictable and consistently fucking stupid. So he planted agents of influence and control in the American government and culture to monitor and reshape our fucking stupidity.
Some Americans quite properly disliked this subversion. Thus the Cold War. If it was a war. A close look at Korea and Vietnam shows that we were actually fighting against China
in both places. We were distracting and weakening China, giving an advantage to Russia. We were playing Snakes and Ladders on a chessboard while Russia was playing chess.
In 1981 we finally turned the board around. We gave Russia a taste of the Vietnam experience in Afghanistan, and used economic trickery and subversion to hasten the collapse of the Soviet system.
Should have been a victory, but we immediately refused to learn from experience, immediately resumed our old stupid theory-based foreign policy. Instead of trying to encourage a more natural Russia, the kind of Russia that had been our semi-friendly ally before, we tried to impose "democracy" and "capitalism" in Russia. Both of these theories had already failed lethally and dismally here. They were bound to fail even harder in Russia, where they are not natural. It was then easy (and correct!) for newer Russian politicians to attribute the failure to American influence.
And that's where we stand. Putin has brought back Natural Russia without our help or assent. Now Putin feels confident enough to face down the unnatural confused suicidal wacked-out West. Now we're contending over Donetsk again, except this time America is on the Kraut side, the bonkers side.
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