The Nature of the Bear..


 

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.

 

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

Cold War Part II? Return of the Dancing Bear..


 

English: The Cold War Русский: Холодная война ...
English: The Cold War Русский: Холодная война 中文: 冷战 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, the Russian Bear of old has returned to the dance floor and the left is once again falling over it’s  feet to show the world they are not afraid to dance with the Bear…

Round One  was like the old Dance Marathons of old with the Western countries, the United States taking the lead, dancing  till the Eastern Countries dropped.  The Soviet Union so exhausted it fell apart.

When the Soviet Union fell apart some years ago most nations breathed a sigh of relief and thought the Cold War was over and that Russia was going to join the rest of the world in “Peace and Harmony”…  This was a vision that had NO foundation in the real world…

All anyone has to do is look at the history of the Soviet Union…

During WWI the Russians were trying, at one point, to decide on whether to continue the fight or go for peace..  The Germans smuggled Lenin from Switzerland into Russia….*That is another thing we can blame on the Germans – the cold war*  where the new communist government took over the country by killing the Czar, the entire family and all the servants..     This would be a kind of trend..

Some years later the Russians would get together with the Germans to divide up Europe.  Together they invaded Poland and kicked off what would escalate into WWII.  The only reason we would be Allies with the Russians is because several months before the United States got into the war Russia was attacked by it’s ALLIES the Germans.

Over the years I have heard so much about the suffering of the Russian people.  How the faced so much deprivation during WWII.

The problem with this thinking is that it ignores the idea that if the Russian people not been so paranoid about the rest of the world, they obviously saw the rest of the word as being like them, they would have supported the rest of Europe and helped put down German aggression AT THE START, which would have eliminated the German’s later attack that almost defeated the Russians.  This would have saved many European lives as well as Russian.  Then again the Russian mindset is one that involves humanitarian principles…  Look at this : While Adolf Hitler is responsible for the death of 6,000,000, or so people, Stalin is credited with,  depending on where you read it, between 40,000,000 and 60,000,000 people.

Sure the Russians helped the Germans invade Poland because they, so they say, wanted a buffer between them and the hostile west..

A west that was hostile to actions of the Russians..   Here is an interesting article from the U. S. State Department office of the Historian.   Read this page and then tell me why their recent actions are a surprise?

Yes, the Bear is back and up to his old dance tricks.

Thank you,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace in the Middle East? Don’t Make Me Laugh!!!


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I have tried to think about what to make of this years Arab Spring..  Did it have to do with the idea of Spring Cleaning, where you throw out the old and bring in the new?  Or is the effort just a way to take the power from the Sunni governments, some of whom govern Shiite majorities, and place that power in the hands of the Shiite mobs.

The last American troops have pulled out of Iraq and, now that the oppressors are gone,  there is peace ..  NO?  Now that we are gone, who could they be fighting?

Each other?  No..  Surely, now that the United States has pulled out of the country, the are now attempting to work together to build up the kind of infrastructure that would allow a better life for the average Iraqi citizen?

No.  They seem intent of blowing up the country building by building, and for what reason?  Why because the peaceful Islāmic religion is as peaceful as the Protestant and Catholics were in Belfast.  They do have their problems, which seem to go way back to about 637 A.D.  when the Prophet Mohammad was murdered, but hey, that was a long time ago.  Can we say “holding a grudge”?  Even those Protestants and Catholics in Belfast were able to make PEACE, and who ever accused the Irish of being peaceful?

Evan the United States, after the War of Northern Aggression, was able to deal with our differences, though it cost the country 500,000 to 600,000 deaths, and that was only about 160, or so, years ago.  Since the days when the United States was founded we have been able to help rebuild, and make friends with, almost all of our old enemies.

After WWII the United States, along with it allies, went out on a limb, risking war with the Soviet Union, in order  to keep West Germany independent, and when the Berlin Wall finally  came down West Germany, who we helped rebuild, was vastly different from East Germany, who’s only help came from the Soviet Union, with sections of East Germany that were not much changed from the end of the war.

It is true that, after our invasion of Iraq, we did not seem to have a concise plan about how to help rebuild, and we did seem of have problems with local corruption but, we tried to help the Iraqi’s rebuild.  Maybe all we were able to do was to eliminate the one influence, Saddam Hussein,  who was keeping the lid on things, but you would think that once we were gone they would be willing to make up and take care of their citizens?

The Iraqi’s now have the chance, if they are willing to accept it, to use THEIR OIL to help rebuild the country and better their lives.  Sadly it would appear that once the adults have left the room the children have gone back to fighting, and don’t seem to show any inclination to become a civilized nation..

Peace in the Middle East? Don’t Make Me Laugh!!!


Map of predominantly Sunni or Shi'a regions in...
Image via Wikipedia

I have tried to think about what to make of this years Arab Spring..  Did it have to do with the idea of Spring Cleaning, where you throw out the old and bring in the new?  Or is the effort just a way to take the power from the Sunni governments, some of whom govern Shiite majorities, and place that power in the hands of the Shiite mobs.

The last American troops have pulled out of Iraq and, now that the oppressors are gone,  there is peace ..  NO?  Now that we are gone, who could they be fighting?

Each other?  No..  Surely, now that the United States has pulled out of the country, the are now attempting to work together to build up the kind of infrastructure that would allow a better life for the average Iraqi citizen?

No.  They seem intent of blowing up the country building by building, and for what reason?  Why because the peaceful Islāmic religion is as peaceful as the Protestant and Catholics were in Belfast.  They do have their problems, which seem to go way back to about 637 A.D.  when the Prophet Mohammad was murdered, but hey, that was a long time ago.  Can we say “holding a grudge”?  Even those Protestants and Catholics in Belfast were able to make PEACE, and who ever accused the Irish of being peaceful?

Evan the United States, after the War of Northern Aggression, was able to deal with our differences, though it cost the country 500,000 to 600,000 deaths, and that was only about 160, or so, years ago.  Since the days when the United States was founded we have been able to help rebuild, and make friends with, almost all of our old enemies.

After WWII the United States, along with it allies, went out on a limb, risking war with the Soviet Union, in order  to keep West Germany independent, and when the Berlin Wall finally  came down West Germany, who we helped rebuild, was vastly different from East Germany, who’s only help came from the Soviet Union, with sections of East Germany that were not much changed from the end of the war.

It is true that, after our invasion of Iraq, we did not seem to have a concise plan about how to help rebuild, and we did seem of have problems with local corruption but, we tried to help the Iraqi’s rebuild.  Maybe all we were able to do was to eliminate the one influence, Saddam Hussein,  who was keeping the lid on things, but you would think that once we were gone they would be willing to make up and take care of their citizens?

The Iraqi’s now have the chance, if they are willing to accept it, to use THEIR OIL to help rebuild the country and better their lives.  Sadly it would appear that once the adults have left the room the children have gone back to fighting, and don’t seem to show any inclination to become a civilized nation..