We Told You So!
“The electoral system has been revised to serve the interests of a single party, the interests of those who are now at the helm. Step by step, we have been going back to the past.”
— former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, at a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Soviet parliament on May 21st
More than three years ago, we began warning the world about neo-Soviet Russia. Long before Anna Politkovskaya was murdered, long before anyone ever heard of Dima Medvedev, we warned the world, on a daily basis, that Vladimir Putin would not leave power and would liquidate anyone who got in his way. We were only stating the obvious — once a proud KGB spy, always a proud KGB spy. You can’t teach an old spook new democracy.
Few would listen at first. We were called chicken littles and worrywarts for claiming that Russia could go back to the darkest days of the Soviet past. But three years later, we are conventional wisdom. We even have to ask ourselves if we’re being too soft on Putin’s Russia, when the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev, who would know as well as anyone, states publicly and clearly that we were right all along.
And that’s exactly what he did last week. He minced no words in stating the obvious, that Russia is a neo-Soviet state rapidly on its way to becoming a neo-Stalinist state. Not even Gorbachev, though, was brave enough to lay the blame for this situation where it belongs, at the feet of Putin and Medvedev. He knows that if he did, he’d be inviting the Politkovskaya solution to be applied to him as well.
No thinking person can now dispute that we were right three years ago, nor can any such person avoid the conclusion that the world was much to slow in responding to the horrific threat being prevented by the rise of a neo-Soviet state.
Given that reality, no reasonable person should challenge us when we tell you that Putin is far from finished consolidating his maligant neo-Soviet regime, that he will go right on marching toward his goal until he is physically stopped by Western power. And the closer he gets to his goal, a kindergartener could tell you, the more likely it is he will reach it.
The Western world must stand up to Putin, now. If it fails to do so, it will repeat history just as Russa is doing, allowing a neo-Stalinist nightmare to propagate itself and destroy Russia, bringing untold hardship and cost to the West as well, just as Stalin did. Stalin made a pact with Hitler to undermine the West; what is to stop Putin from making a similar pact with Iran or even bin Laden?
Nothing but our resolve. Our childen will not forgive us if we fail to heed Santayana’s fateful advice: Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.