at someone else at least three fingers are pointing back at you. The opinions here are purely my own. Don’t blame anyone else for them.
I haven’t been watching the Olympics. I have absolutely no desire to watch the Olympics. But, apparently some or our politicians, news people and athletes are less than satisfied with how the Russians are handling the events.
Considering this story on Think Progress today, we don’t need to go around patting ourselves on the back. And more about what I think of Gerrymandering later. Add in the push back on gay rights, the war on women and the continued obstruction by the fundamentalist right the only difference between us and the Russians is a few hundred more years of semi representative government for us and a at least two millennia of successful invasions for them. We are rather good at pointing out the failings of others while ignoring the push backs occurring in our own country aren’t we?
And before we give ourselves too many high fives compare the
US and Eurasia.
We have several thousand miles of salt water to the east and west of us. We
have a friendly government on our northern border and a totally dysfunctional government
to the south of us. The last time we were invaded was two freakin’ centuries
Peter the Great dragged her kicking and screaming towards
Europe in the early seventeenth century, but I’m not sure
how effective that was or is. At the end of WWI the Revolution lopped off the
head and replaced the monarchy with the Politburo and the party chairman, but I’m
not how much changed for the people in the villages. Lenin and Stalin didn’t
invent either the five year plans or the purge. The CHEKA became the KGB and Siberia had been a dumping ground for decades.
Stalin didn’t invent the political purge; check out Ivan IV AKA the Terrible. He was however, very, very good at it. Nothing like modern record keeping and firearms to rack up the body count. And if you think some of our good buddies over here wouldn’t like to follow in his footsteps, think again.
After WWII we saw a world wide communist conspiracy as
Moscow encouraged, forced
and otherwise managed to install semi friendly governments on her Western
borders. Um, and what exactly were we doing at the same time in this
hemisphere? It was less world wide conspiracy than a cold blooded determination
that if there was another land war started in the west the invading troops
would have to go through non Russian territory first. The Rodina must be
protected at all costs.
And just a little side note. Since
Afghanistan borders new Islamic republics that
were part of the old USSR Soviet involvement to prop up a sympathetic
government makes a heck of a lot more sense than our invasions of Afghanistan or Iraq.