Sunday, June 13, 2004
Often two sides of the same coin, as Mr. Kipling tried to tell us.
The West's victory in the Cold War has been done to death this week. Suffice to say, Mr. Reagan took the offensive and challenged the Soviet Hegemony everywhere. Arms began to flow to the Mujahedeen who fought under Ahmad Shah Massoud in the Panshjir Valley of Afghanistan. Arms began to flow to the Nicaraguan contra rebels fighting to depose the Fidelista regime of Daniel Ortega in Managua. The U.S. Navy ballooned to 600 fighting ships.
Reagan was relentless, but as an experienced labor negotiator, he knew that he had to give the Soviets a way out. And so, by means of Gorbachev, he did. Reagan gave Gorbachev some arms agreements, and an agreement on Intermediate Range Missile Forces. Gorbachev was under pressure by the Army to catch up. He knew that he couldn't, so he had to find a way to end the enmity between the U.S. and Russia. In so doing, he made the critical mistake of any fascist regime: reform. The people took the reform in hand and ran with it.
Within three years of Reagan's retirement, elements of the Soviet Army attempted a coup d'etat. It failed. Communism in Russia was dead. Gorbachev was replaced with a wild Moscow drunkard, Boris Yeltsin.
Communism was no more.
What is of greater import is how the fall of Communism set the stage for the rise of Fascist Islam. We shall address that in the next post.