25 December 1991
Twenty years ago Russia took a very courageous step. That step ended the Soviet Union and began Russia. Also it was courageous because the leaders knew they would have to deal the image of losing the cold war, even though the cold war had only a small part to do with it, the cold war was just collateral damage.As we near the date of 25 Dec 2011, we will hear a great deal of garbage about how the RUSA won the cold war. Those that believe Russia lost the cold war are lazy in thought, poor students of history and easily swayed by propaganda.The history of Russian reform had very little to do with the cold war. The reform of Russian politics and economics lay squarely at the feet of corruption and a very large gap between the people of Russia and the politicians that lead Russia. The largest enemy to the Soviet Union was itself, no other entity.
The Soviet leaders of 1980-1990 knew the internal enemy was real and they could see the corruption of Soviet politics killing Russia. Something had to be done so they came up with perestroika and glasnost. These two programs were intended to end the corruption and lessen the gap between the people and the political leaders. This step was courageous in every way as it promised to end a luxurious life style for political leaders and build a stronger middle class.
The transformation is still taking place in Russia. The Russian people are wonderful people that have been loyal to their country and the politics of communism. They had lived the realities of corruption and in the late 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s their desire for an equal opportunity to achieve dreams took priority over status quo. Thus the leaders of the day embarked on change unlike the world had seen in centuries.
It is no small fact that very few countries could ever go through such a dramatic shift in economics, politics and society as peacefully as Russia has. They have endured the stigma of losing the cold war and bending to the ideology of the RUSA. These two stigmas are false stigmas. The world would be better to see the history for what it is, not what one side proclaims it to be.
I truly admire the Russian people for their courage and peaceful ideology. Their rival enemy RUSA would crumble under such a courageous step and that fact is what makes the stigma of losing all the more bogus. However I am sure that many people will object to my view. That is a point where I will always side with the peaceful issue of Russian transformation. Perception and opinion be dammed, reality is that Russia had a greater enemy within than from outside
I wish the Russian people all the success as they continue on from their historically courageous step.