Anyone who has read my April 13th, 2014 article “Cold War Part II : The Return of the Dancing Bear” will take it as a condemnation of the Russian people.. You would be right..
In Recent news there have been many stories that point to the Russians lack of change, or smarts.
After the fall of the Soviet Union most of the regions that had been held under the yoke of Russian domination decided it was their chance to make a break..
Things appeared to be going well The Russians, for a couple of years, tried to fit in with the rest of the world. This was an effort that did not really last very long..
Recent Russian actions in the Ukraine and even the Georgia Republic, not the state just north of Florida, take us back to the old days of a Soviet Union.. The Russian might like to make everyone think they have changed but, as Popeye the Sailor would say “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am” they keep showing just what they are.
There are very good reason why a number of ex-Warsaw Pact countries wanted to join NATO, and good reasons why NATO wanted them to join..
For years Europe was divided between the western countries, and the eastern bloc , or Warsaw Pact countries. It wasn’t until the Soviet Union outspent itself, and fell apart that a divided Germany could be reunited, and other countries would try to join NATO tp protect themselves from just what we are seeing now, a resurgent Russia.
Some people have said that East Germany was better off under the rule of the Soviet Union, Anybody who thinks that should look at the pictures of East Berlin at the time the wall fell, and compare it with the same area just after WWII… The is very little difference with large swaths of the area still showing devastation from the war, while on the other side of the wall West Germany, with the aid of the United States, Britain, France and Canada, had been able to rebuild and move forward.. Of course the biggest clue to what these countries are trying to avoid is the wall itself..
Anyone who wonders how much control the Soviets had over the Warsaw Pact countries has to look no further than Czechoslovakia in 1969.. It was a time that is refereed to as the Prague Spring… a time when the Czechoslovakian government was actually trying to introduce a more open society. The Soviets did not approve and so on the night of 20–21 August 1968, Eastern Bloc armies from five Warsaw Pact countries – the Soviet Union, the GDR, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary—invaded the ČSSR. The Soviet Yoke was re-installed, and the Czechoslovakian people would not get another chance until the Soviets fell..
Yes, the Cold War seems to be back on, and as a Freedom Loving people we need to understand that the Russians are trying to get back their former glory, and that they see anyone who is not under their control as an enemy… One of the things we NEED to do is offer support, and protection, to those nations that are under threat by the Dancing Bear.
That Joe Guy.