“Russia is the enemy of the United States?” demanded Ted Cruz (Ted Cruz) and Casey hunt (Kasie Hunt) from NBC. It candidate for the nomination of the Grand old party said, “Russia is a big enemy. And Putin — a KGB thug”.
And colleague of Hillary Clinton on the presidential race, Tim Kane (Tim Kaine), after learning that the Russians offered to Donald Trump Jr. dirt on Clinton, and that he considered the proposal, stated that it can be considered “cheating”.
Treason is providing aid and assistance to the enemy in time of war.
So we really are at war with Russia? Russia really our enemy?
The title of today’s editorial of The Washington Post reads: “Why Russia is a hostile power”. The authors try to explain why conservative middle class of America must support the Russophobia that has engulfed our capital:
“Vladimir Putin holds values that are incompatible with basic American values. The sphere of influence he puts above self-determination, corruption, higher transparency, and repression — above democracy.”
But because this is what Franklin Roosevelt and Churchill agreed with Stalin, agreeing to the creation of spheres of influence the great powers. It did with the Soviet Union, all American presidents, starting with Truman and ending with George H. W. Bush.
When East Germans, Hungarians, Czechs, poles rebelled against the Communist regimes, no American President intervened. The fact that these countries were on the other side of the boundary line agreed in 1945 in Yalta.
Bush I and James Baker was even accused Ukraine of “suicidal nationalism” for what it thought about independence from Russia.
When is it to maintain a sphere of influence became “UN-American”?
And if we talk about corruption and transparency, the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili in November resigned from the post of Governor of the Odessa region, accusing our man in Kiev, Poroshenko in support of corruption.
As for repression and democracy, is this not applicable to our NATO ally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or to our Arab ally, the leader of Egypt, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi? Or to our Philippine ally Rodrigo Duterte? What US allies during the cold war, such as the Shah of Iran and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, all of them were Democrats and followers of Jefferson? Why we have forgotten our recent history?
The Washington Post writes about the death in prison in 2009, lawyer and activist Sergei Magnitsky. Adopting the 2012 Magnitsky Act, Congress voted to impose sanctions against the Russian elite.
But on Thursday of liver cancer in prison and died only Chinese Nobel prize winner Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison for supporting democracy. Died in the presence of police in his hospital ward. Communist dictator XI Jinping in the background Putin looks like Justin Trudeau, did not want to release a dying man to freedom.
Now sanctions under the Magnitsky Law will impose against China? Do not expect. Turnover is too great. Congress will do what he does naturally cringe. However, our heroic Senate by an overwhelming majority of 98 to 2, voted for the new anti-Russian sanctions.
What are the roots of this hostility towards Russia and hate Putin, which one analyst from Fox said he was “no better than Hitler”?
During the cold war, every President has sought to detente with the USSR, although that country was, perhaps, the most bloody regime in the 20th century.
When in December 1991 the cold war ended, the Soviet Union broke up into 15 States. Moscow gave up its Empire, the third part of its territory and half the population of the USSR. Marxist-Leninist ideology died. Happened earthshaking changes.
But hostility to Russia and hate Putin has surpassed all that we remember from the worst days of the cold war.
Putin’s Russia called an imperialist, but nearby Estonia, which Moscow can swallow instantly, free for a quarter century.
Russia invaded Georgia. Well, Yes, but only after Georgia invaded the breakaway from her South Ossetia and killed Russian peacekeepers.
Russia took away the Crimea from Ukraine. This is true, but she did this only after the result of the U.S. supported coup in Kiev was overthrown legitimately elected Pro-Russian government.
Russia intervened in support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Yes, but only after our allies-the militants in collusion with “al Qaeda” and ISIS (banned in Russia organization — approx. lane) decided to try to reset it. That Russia is not allowed to maintain a recognized UN ally, which gives her the only naval base in the Mediterranean?
Russia interfered in our elections. And we interfered in the Affairs of a dozen countries under the banner of “color revolutions”. On Capitol hill daily to hear the battle cry of “regime change”.
Putin — not Pope Francis. But he is not Stalin. He is not Hitler, not Mao, and Russia today is not the Soviet Union. Putin is autocratic leader, cut from the same cloth, and the kings of the Romanovs.
His contribution is extremely important for peace, for freedom of the Baltic States, to the end of the civil war in Syria, to stabilize the situation in the Persian Gulf and for the settlement of the North Korean crisis.
Although our tectonic plates RUB against each other, we are natural allies. Russia Tolstoy, Pushkin, Solzhenitsyn, Russia, with its Orthodox faith needs to be together with the West.
If America foolishly start a war with Russia, which studiously avoided all our presidents during the cold war, the persecutors and haters of Putin will be in the same circle of hell that the insane warmongers of 1914 and the three blind men of Versailles of 1919.
Patrick Buchanan — author of the new book “Nixon war. Battles that have raised and cracked the President, as well as forever split America” (Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever).