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At 75, Gorbachev Laments U.S. 'Arrogance'

This caught my eye, particularly in light of Rebecca's remarks on Russia in "My Restoration Weekend" on the main page.

From AP, via Yahoo! News:

Mikhail Gorbachev's magnetic brown eyes shine as brightly as ever, and he speaks with the same passion about the collapse of the Soviet Union as he prepares to mark his 75th birthday on Thursday.

Alright, first things first: The above, bold-faced phrase juxtaposes two mental images that are the least likely ever to be placed in the same sentence, even by the proverbial "monkeys at typewriters." No, MG is definitely not in the "magnetic brown eyes" file.

Now, then:

The man who ended the Cold War and launched democratic reforms that broke the repressive Soviet regime continues to enjoy the limelight, globe-trotting on behalf of his political foundation and environmental group and taking part in charity projects.

Poppycock. With a side of horsefeathers. Saying Gorbachev ended the Cold War is like saying Hitler ended WWII in Europe by shooting himself. It was already over by that point.

At a meeting with foreign reporters this week, Gorbachev blamed the United States for losing a chance to build a safer and more stable world following the Soviet demise.

"Ending the Cold War was given as a gift" to the United States, but it only strengthened its arrogance and unilateralism, he said. "The winner's complex is worse than an inferiority complex, because it's harder to cure."

A gift? You lost!

As far as opportunities lost, it seems Gorbachev didn't name any in particular, but just engaged in bellyaching over the USSR's lost opportunity to be even more arrogant and absolutely unilateralist if, heaven forbid, it had emerged as the dominant superpower.

It's also interesting to note that the countries that truly harm the safety and stability of the world today were wined, dined, and armed by the USSR, either as fellow communists, like North Korea, or under the umbrella of the aptly mis-named Non-Aligned Movement. Just a quick glance over who's flying MiGs at the Federation of American Scientists website-- for example, the MiG 21 is in the arsenal of Sudan, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and North Korea, among others-- is very telling.

And in the case of the Islamic bloc, they armed those who would now seek to destroy them, along with the rest of the West. In her article, Rebecca had mentioned the Red / Black alliance-- Moscow didn't think that one through, did they?

How are the antics of those countries America's fault, except for by thwarting the Soviets' efforts toward even greater worldwide domination?

Time for the band to play Gorbachev off the world stage-- how about to "Them There Eyes?"

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