ALL OF AMERICA'S "FRIENDS" ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO US THAN OUR ENEMIES... Russia is not a friend , so perhaps it might be given a chance ?
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jun 3, 2007 at 15:12
Dear Mariana ,
Thanks a lot for your reply. I must admit that it was a sobering , realistic and at the same time very sad reading. I didn't know how the Canadians have been abusing the US generosity and liberalism to gain things without paying adequately or even being grateful for the services provided to them . It is very disconcerting indeed ! As to other parasites who are flocking to live at the expense of the US it looks like a sheer folly on the US side to continue to accept them. No nation , not even as big and with seemingly "unlimited possibilities" as the US can survive with so many internal and external problems which have an accumulative erosive effect on America. It's hard to smite America in the open battle but it is possible to undermine its power from within. Rome actually lost her empire through internal barbarisation. And what you describe , dear Mariana , is nothing else than a growing barbarisation of America.
If no radical reforms are undertaken the US will be incapacitated and probably implode and then the world will see chaos and anarchy which somehow the US at present is trying to prevent from spreading across the civilized world.
> You're quite correct: Of course "the Eleven" reflect Turkish National Policy; however, I'm less optimistic than you are about the results of "exposure;" e.g.: the secret files of the KGB and "Old Soviet Union" were opened in the 90s, and many were made available. Result: Very little media coverage; no dissemination or analysis [even of the "fellow-travelers," and subversive 5th Column, or moles in the American government, media and education system, protest movements, etc].
Indeed , you're so right ! I didn't think about that ! The problem is not -as I was wrongly prone to think - solved just by providing compromising materials and "exposure". One should expose first the media which play the key role in today's corruption . The media are dependent on politicians and vested interests connected to the bribe-givers and their palns and so are the least likely organ to conduct any anti-corruption campaign. On the contrary !
So I agree with what you say . I just have some doubts concerning one thing - Russia .
> Now that Putin-Tsar is "revivifying" his control over "All of The Russias" and his "Near Abroad" [domination and intimidation of craven Old Europe] with his KGB state confiscation of Oil and Industry, state control of media, and deconstructing elections with murder and subversion in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine, etc; dispatching murder and mayhem to Europe and Britain; assisting, supplying and shielding Iran's Nuclear program from even pusillanimous UN, EU, and US sanctions, our complicit, somnambulant government still elevates this backward "Power" to membership in the E-8, NATO interface, insisting that they're also "good friends" and allies. Just as America ignored USSR's actions in Germany and Eastern Europe after WW II until it was fait accompli, they again refuse to address blatantly overt acts of aggression.
Yes, these are very serious reproaches . But perhaps the Russians also have some serious doubts and counter-charges ? The US didn't treat the Soviet Union fairly and rationally . First , the US allied itself with radical Islam to defeat the Soviet 40th army in Afghanistan. The result was 9/11. Then they cheated Gorbachov - the only politician I've ever trusted - and supported all the centrifugal forces to break up the USSR to get rid of its competitor. Gorbachov was betrayed not only by Yeltzin but also by his Western "friends". Then the intrigues in the Caucaus to get hold of Baku and in Central Asia, military missions to Georgia .
I have never heard a single condemnation from the US of the discriminatory treatment of Russian minorities in the post-Soviet states - Latvia with c. 50% non-Latvians gave them no right to vote and no citizenship . Estonia did the same with c. 30% of Russians living there , some of them from Peter I's times. Yet , the West blamed the Russians , not the new oppressors whom it protects . As to Chechnya it is a long and a bit complicated story. Chechens are known across the Caucasus as the most savage and backward Moslem tribe. During the Dudayev era they gained notoriety by mass kidnappings , ransoms , banditry , clan feuds , reviving slavery markets in Grozny and close "business" contacts with Saudi Arabia and Taliban Afghanistan . Do you remeber what the placenames like Mineralnye Vody, Budionnovsk , Beslan stand for ? And who recalls that the Chechens were among the first to support the Bolshevik revolution and that Dudayev was the only Chechen (air force) general in the whole Soviet Army ? Besides , building missile launch pads in Poland and telling the world they are stationed there to protect Europe against Iran and North Korea is really insulting a (not necessarily Russian) child's intelligence. If it is really so , then these installations should be built in "friendly" Turkey and on Taiwan or in Japan.
And still I do believe that esentially Russia and the US share the same civilization , face the same implacable enemy of their common civilization - Islam and given some good will and changes in defining their own "national interests" they should come to a mutually useful understandning , instead of losing so much resources on fighting each other . Joining forces to combat Islam may bring fruit disproportionate to the few necessary efforts and costs . Instead , using Islam (a "great religion") to fight and blackmail each other will help no one except Islam and will damage , if not ruin , both adversaries in the long run . Islam has ALWAYS won its jihads through the hands of the infidels themselves. It is strong through the weakness and civil wars prevailing in the dar-al-harb.
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