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He might have understood more of the USSR than the Muslim world

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Submitted by Peter Foster (Switzerland), Aug 10, 2018 at 11:30

Pipes wrote three wonderful books on the Soviet Union from 1900-1925. I would say there is nothing better on this period.

I just wonder if, at least in hindsight, he might not have been carried away when counseling Reagan on the USSR. The fact was, the Politburo were a bunch of seniles and the idea was, amongst other things of course, to rally a very young and dynamic international proto-Al-Qaida in Afghanistan to make the Soviets bleed to death.

I just wonder if he ever regretted this.

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I cannot speak for my father on this point. I can say that the war in Afghanistan was a key component in bringing down the USSR, and so was worth it.

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