Saturday, July 09, 2016

Unclear on Many Concepts

This article starts to ring true but pulls back from reality by failing to recognize that the European Union was well on the way through ever closer union to being a Soviet Union Lite rather than being a democratic and benign version of the USSR that is a mistake to weaken.

I'm not going to go through this article moaning about the weakening of the EU line by line, although the nonsense of claiming that it was racist for Lithuanians to call ethnic Russians "occupiers" when the Soviet Union did in fact conquer and colonize Lithuania with ethnic Russians is noteworthy.

I would like to focus on this way of viewing the world by our establishment:

[The] U.S. establishment is worried now that the erosion of the EU may be almost as destabilizing to the current world order as the Soviet Union's was in the early 1990s.

The erosion (actually collapse) of the Soviet Union destabilized the then-current world order? Did I read that right?

The victory of the United States-led West over the aggressive nuclear-armed despotism that was the Soviet Union's empire was "destabilizing?" Really? That was actually "victory."

There was surely destabilization of a bad period of mutual assured destruction and hair-trigger nuclear alerts and Soviet-funded violence and threats to conquer western Europe. But destabilizing that was ultimately beneficial to the West.

Of course, given that I've long held that preventing the rise of the European Union proto-empire is in line with our long policy of preventing a single hostile power from gaining control of the people if Europe and their productive and scientific power, it isn't too shocking to read that our establishment also thinks Brexit is a potential defeat.

I'd love to know if our establishment, even at this late date, share's Putin's view that the disintegration of the Soviet Union and its empire was a historic catastrophe.