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Submitted by Boris Schein (United States), Aug 31, 2011 at 12:23

Andrey Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who was "the father of the Soviet H-bomb" (the child had three fathers, the other two, as important as Sakharov, were Zeldovich and Khariton – almost never mentioned because they weren't ethnic Russians), wrote in his memoirs that when Stalin died and, after a short interregnum, Khrushchev came to power, he changed strategic goals of the Soviet policy. Sakharov and other "important people" had a secret briefing of the new goals: (1) the USSR gets military bases in Maghreb countries thus threatening the NATO not only from the East but also from the South; (2) destabilizing the world system of oil prices significantly raising it for the Western countries (thus destroying their economy); (3) taking the Indian ocean and the countries in that region (Australia, N. Zealand, South- and Southeast Asian counties) in the Soviet pincers eventually turning them into "people's democracies" affiliated with the USSR) – securing the Soviet navy prevalence in the Suez, around Africa, and from the East from Vladivostok through China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and ultimately over the entire Indian ocean region. Because of that, Soviet foreign policy changed drastically. Instead of supporting Israel militarily (against the UK and France-dominated Arab countries), the Soviet Union started to support the Arabs against Israel. Strategically placed African countries (e.g. S. Africa, Ethiopia-Eritrea, Somalia – and Yemen in the Arabian peninsula. etc.) had to undergo "Socialist revolutions" and become pro-Soviet, etc., etc.

In many aspects, this program succeeded but ultimately failed (enmity with China and, as a result, failure of the Communist revolution in Indonesia launched by the Chinese prematurely), etc., etc. but the system of the oil prices was destroyed.

Krushchev was toppled in the Soviet côup d'état of October 1964 – well before Qaddafi came to power - but the new Soviet rulers followed his policies. So Qaddafi was not the mastermind who destroyed the system of the world oil prices (or, as Dr. Pipes says, moving it from the Western boardrooms to the Middle Eastern palaces), he was a puppet in the Soviet hands (a willing puppet and yet a puppet).


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