The Shadow of the Soviet Union over the Muslim World


pacIt has been over two decades since the Soviet Union ceased to exist, but evil organizations cast a shadow over the world even when they are long gone. “The evil that men do lives after them,” Mark Anthony said in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. History has repeatedly backed up that oratory with facts.

The evil that the men and women of the Communist superpower did lives on after them, not only in the many lives lost to Communist terror and the countless families scarred by being deprived of loved ones, but in the foul vapor of Soviet ideas. These ideas can be divided into two categories; the ideas that have been formally acknowledged and those ideas that were spread covertly through underhanded means.

It is this latter set of secret ideas that Disinformation, a book by Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official to defect to the free world, and Ronald J. Rychlak deals with. Overt ideas can be defended against. Covert ideas however must be detected to be defended against.

Disinformation looks at the impact of the Soviet Union’s covert propaganda campaigns in the United States and around the world. One particularly significant corner of the world that Disinformation takes us to is the Muslim world.

There were some who thought that the Muslim world and the militantly secular Soviet Union would never be able to collaborate together. Indeed the Carter Administration bet so hard on that particular mistaken idea that it helped give birth to an Islamic Iran run by the Ayatollah Khomeini as part of its Green Belt strategy. But long before that, Disinformation informs us that the Soviet Union was busily arranging its alliances in the Muslim world while betting on its own version of the Green Belt strategy.

In the ’30s and ’40s, Nazi Germany reached out to the Muslim Brotherhood using a common language of anti-Semitism. Ion Mihai Pacepa reveals that the Soviet Union played the same game in the seventies, disseminating its Arabic translations of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion across the Muslim world. The historical irony of the Communist intelligence services distributing a piece of disinformation originally manufactured by the Czarist secret police shows us how little some things change and how history has a way of coming full circle.

While Muslim anti-Semitism obviously long predated the KGB’s efforts, as with the Nazis, the USSR’s gifts provided a common language and a common set of goals. That commonality made it possible to plant agents of influence and to train terrorist leaders like President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, a product of the USSR’s infamous Patrice Lumumba University, not to mention, as the book alleges, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri and Yasser Arafat.

And while the short-term target of this effort was the State of Israel, the long term targets included the United States and the rest of the free world.

The KGB First Directorate’s chief, Lieutenant General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, wielding responsibility for foreign intelligence, said, “In today’s world, when nuclear arms have made military force obsolete, terrorism should become our main weapon.”

But terrorism required someone else to do the killing. The Soviet Union’s agents of influence could stir the pot, but it still took an ideology that people were willing to kill and die for. And despite the success of some left-wing Middle Eastern terrorist groups, fulfilling Andropov’s vision of creating a billion adversaries aimed at America could only be done by harnessing the killing power of Islam.

As the former head of the KGB who later rose to lead the Soviet Union, Andropov embodied the state of terror as no man since Stalin had been able to. A state of terror at home in the Soviet Union meant a secret police and political repression, but as a state of terror abroad, the Soviet Union spread terrorism through bombings and airplane hijackings of American and Israeli targets.

The long term goal was to destabilize the Middle East in a way that would make it a particular danger zone for the United States. While the Soviet Union is long gone, the Middle East has long since been a danger zone and continues to become even more dangerous year by year. While the Soviet Union never succeeded in its goal of making the Middle East completely toxic to the United States, the Arab Spring came far closer than many Soviet efforts did in transforming formerly safe countries into hostile territory.

The power of disinformation is the power of bad ideas. Bad ideas can linger on even long after those organizations and governments that set them loose have collapsed or dissolved. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion outlived the regime under which it was manufactured. Similarly the Soviet Union’s efforts in the Middle East have outlived the fall of the Berlin Wall, the coup against Gorbachev and the lowering of the red flag over the Kremlin.

Bad ideas infect people with a worldview that distorts their actions. They can make self-defense seem like a terrible evil and appeasement seem like the zenith of human civilization. They can turn the most vicious and murderous terrorists into humanitarians and transform actual humanitarians into terrorists. And their existence can only be inferred from their outcomes. Where there is chaos and destruction, malaise, corruption and despair, there the disinformation has done its dreadful work.

The Soviet Union may be dead, but like Marx’s specter of Communism wandering across Europe, its bad ideas still haunt and possess many of the leaders of the free world. And when those leaders look out at the world, they don’t do so as Americans, as Frenchmen or Englishmen, but through the tinted red lenses of a dead evil empire.

Wherever the disinformation of the Soviet Union spread and wherever its ideas were accepted and came to be seen as mere common sense, there the evil that men do lives on after them.

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  • OfficialPro

    I knew Andropov was bad, but this puts his badness in a whole new light and cranks it up to 11.

  • ReyR

    Mr. Greenfield sir, congratulations on your serendipitous discovery. It gives us all a nice feeling to know that after all it’s the evil Russians who are to blame. Some insist that it must be evil Jews though. Well, never mind, Russians or Jews, what does it matter. Even if the Al Qaida was created to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan, we know who’s to blame, don’t we? Obama too must be another Russian minion, and Snowden… well, he just came back home of course, to daddy Putin. And of course we Ruskis are bankrupting Detroit even as we speak. The dead evil empire is still around. One thing we haven’t decided is whether we’re going to bomb the mofos dead right away or be very patient and wait another year. I do love the way you write, Mr. Greenfield. It’s only a pity that your writing fails this otherwise excellent website.

    • Crazycatkid

      You conflate Russian people/citizens with a mission of the previous Soviet leadership. That is as wrong as believing ALL Americans are one with Obama. And, sir, Jews are the target not the perpetrators. To switch this around as you just did seems to prove the point of this BOOK which is REVIEWED here & not necessarily the original ideas of Mr.Greenfield. Perhaps the book’s ideas are valid and you have been a victim of such propaganda . In any case you need to exercise some Reading Comprehension!

      • ReyR

        Sure, I’m brainwashed, Crazycatkid, that I am. What I have always envied Americans is self-righteousness. I wish I had answers to all questions. Tough luck, I live in doubts.
        Let me tell you about myself. I’m 54 now, and probably I was anti-Soviet even before you sucked your mama’s tit. And I met people who ended locked up for reading wrong books. And perhaps I myself paid a price years ago just for trying to expand my views, unlike some keyboard warriors armed with a coffee mug. And at least back then, in the now defunct USSR, we mastered some arts that you guys still have to learn: reading between the lines, and keeping your sense of humor even when the bogeyman in plain clothes talks to you.
        I bet the sources of my knowledge are different than yours. I know your language, and more, do you know mine? I have seen your land, and more, but have you seen mine? This means I know you, you don’t know me. You live by hearsay and learn second-hand.
        Certainly, I allow for civilization differences, so you can’t piss me off. But speaking about names, this is exactly what you are: a brainwashed bigot, if you never care to stop and question what you knew before. It’s not an insult, it’s a fact, think on it.

    • Crossbow87

      It’s okay if you don’t get it….really.

    • reader

      First of all, Greenfield is just reviewing Pacepa’s book. Secondly, good luck trying to poke holes in Pacepa’s story – that’d be something, given the fact that he was running DIE and took orders from Sakharovsky personally. Thirdly, Al Qaeda was not created to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan.

      • ReyR

        Try Wikipedia “Al-Qaeda”: “The origins of al-Qaeda as a network inspiring terrorism around the world and training operatives can be traced to the Soviet War in Afghanistan (December 1979 – February 1989).[22] The U.S. viewed the conflict in Afghanistan, with the Afghan Marxists and allied Soviet troops on one side and the native Afghan mujahideen, some of whom were radical Islamic militants, on the other, as a blatant case of Soviet expansionism and aggression. A CIA program called Operation Cyclone channeled funds through Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency to the Afghan Mujahideen who were fighting the Soviet occupation.”
        Russkis are not the only baddun on Planet Earth, see? That monster was created by your government, buddy. You’re also the only nation to ever have used nuclear weapons on living humans. And napalm. And agent orange. And drones. And you interned the Japs during WWII. And you had the Oklahoma famine. And your government records your every goddamn telephone call. What else don’t you know?

        • Hoss

          Hey, Rey, tell us what you really think.

          • ReyR

            Alright, Hoss. What I think is that the book as reviewed is just another piece of self-important blabber with nothing to put a finger on. Would take pages to cover it all, but for one thing, nobody knows for a fact WHO authored the Protocols. Some Russian special agent is SAID to have it written by some allegedly Russian or Polish dude in Paris of all places, but nobody has ever seen the manuscript, and it’s all ‘reportedly, ‘allegedly’, etc.
            Secondly, I attended a university in Nizhniy when Andropov’s star briefly climbed the firmament, only to drop into a heap of manure some short years later. As a student, I had some friction with the powers that be, you see I could never keep my mouth shut, even then. So don’t let anybody tell me about repressions and all that jazz, and take it from me, it was not all that scary. Unpleasant, yes, but not one tenth of what my gramps told me about the pre-war years. So there goes “the state of terror”. Thirdly, I’m an interp by trade, I forgot more about many things than some kids will ever learn, and believe me I know how some people handle info. I never take anything unless it’s from the horse’s mouth. Sakharovsky died in 1983, and today Pacepa can write whatever he pleases, but I know for a fact that the mujahedeen used US-made weapons and their camps were full of US-made shit. Some of my buddies never made it back from Afghan, but some did return, and people talk, you know.
            Thirdly, it blows my mind how you guys don’t see that emphasis on how evil somebody was 40 years ago is just an attempt to divert your focus from your own nation. Who supports Islamists all over the world now? Who is buddies with the Shariah nations? Who watches over you 24/7?
            Duh, like I had anything to say.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Alright, Hoss. What I think is that the book as reviewed is just another piece of self-important blabber with nothing to put a finger on. Would take pages to cover it all, but for one thing, nobody knows for a fact WHO authored the Protocols. Some Russian special agent is SAID to have it written by some allegedly Russian or Polish dude in Paris of all places, but nobody has ever seen the manuscript, and it’s all ‘reportedly, ‘allegedly’, etc.”

            Wow, OK. Whatever.

            “Secondly, I attended a university in Nizhniy when Andropov’s star briefly climbed the firmament, only to drop into a heap of manure some short years later. As a student, I had some friction with the powers that be, you see I could never keep my mouth shut, even then. So don’t let anybody tell me about repressions and all that jazz, and take it from me, it was not all that scary.”

            So you agree with most of us but you think you’re the only one entitled to mention it? We call that egomania or narcissism. Maybe you can be president of the USA some day. It seems there are no longer any preconditions for that job.

            “Thirdly, I’m an interp by trade, I forgot more about many things than some kids will ever learn, and believe me I know how some people handle info. I never take anything unless it’s from the horse’s mouth.”

            OK, you’re so awesome. Is that all you wanted us to say?

            “Sakharovsky died in 1983, and today Pacepa can write whatever he pleases, but I know for a fact that the mujahedeen used US-made weapons and their camps were full of US-made shit. Some of my buddies never made it back from Afghan, but some did return, and people talk, you know.”

            Well, the Soviet Union was an evil empire from our perspective. We should not have given them so much leeway. Other than that, are we sorry for our actions against the Soviet regime? I’m not.

            “Thirdly (again), it blows my mind how you guys don’t see that emphasis on how evil somebody was 40 years ago is just an attempt to divert your focus from your own nation. Who supports Islamists all over the world now? Who is buddies with the Shariah nations? Who watches over you 24/7?”

            Actually that is the entire point. The political jihadis learned about deception from the Soviets. And we’re still living with the consequences of tolerating Soviet traitors in America.

            “Duh, like I had anything to say.”

            I’m trying to think if you mentioned anything useful other than skepticism about who wrote the Protocols…

            But you are so awesome. That we know. You told us already.

        • OfficialPro

          AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wikipedia. As a source. Really. REALLY?

          AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA*gasp* HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • ReyR

            Was this an attempt to insult or ridicule me? Pathetic, indeed. You should learn from the English, at least they have a sense of humor. But you probably even have an education. Some Community Area College, is it? Damn, at first I thought this was a serious forum. My bad.

        • TienBing

          What is your point? Buddy.

          Wikipedia is not a reliable source for any data. I wouldn’t accept the veracity of anyone’s argument based on a quote or reference to Wikipedia.

          Be that as it may, al-Qaeda is only one of many Islamic organizations for jihad and or terror that come and go; wax and wane in their influence. The Soviets and the U.S. both channeled money and materials to various clients and proxies throughout the Cold War. Neither “created” al-Qaeda. The Cold War has not ended. The war between totalitarianism, and liberty will never end. Those that claim that the forces of liberty must not compete with the forces of tyranny – or they will become tyrants themselves, are advocating for tyranny. The ends do not justify the means, but neither must the means dictate defeat.

          The U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on an enemy who started the war and refused to surrender, and continued to inflict damage long after their defeat was inevitable. The U.S. warned them before dropping the bombs. The bombs actually did no more damage than the fire-bombings of Tokyo, Dresden, or Hamburg, each of which killed and maimed as many or more than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Meanwhile the Soviets had murdered at least 14 million of their own people just for being inconvenient in the 1930’s. So?

          Napalm by various names has been used for centuries by every modern army of it’s era starting with the Greeks. Defoliants are also not new. Drones (robotic vehicles) are not new; NASA, and the ESA and even the Soviets used them since the ’50s. Currently the US has the technological advantage. Everyone else tries to steal the technology, or buy it. There is no onus for using drones per se. It is how, and what one uses them for that is important. The Soviet internal system for spying on its citizens was (and probably still is) the most advanced and oppressive of any police state known (although some might give that honor to the STASI). They did it without drones.

          The Japanese internment was an unnecessary measure that looks very bad in retrospect. Bad as temporary incarceration of people during wartime may have been, it is incomparable to the interminable sentences of millions of Russians to the brutal gulags of the Soviet Union often for no known reason other than they annoyed a party apparatchnik, or their existence was inconvenient to a Soviet policy.

          With the record of the Soviet Union, the choice of the Russian people, you shouldn’t brag about being a Russian – certainly not in the context of denigrating another country’s record in comparison to the Soviet/Russian record.

          • ReyR

            Yes, Russian, and proud of it. Or do we reserve this feeling to minorities only? You guys are lost in words, that’s your problem. Talking about a country’s records, records are history. Look around, see how you live NOW. It’s worse than what I saw in Russia 30 years ago. I know this for a fact, because unlike you I can compare. OK, I’ve talked enough.

          • reader

            Really? What I saw in Russia 30 years ago was a crumbling back-water totalitarian regime presiding over collapsing economy and rising corruption, crime and all sorts of fascist factions planted by the KGB.

          • ReyR

            Precisely. And I meant it when I said that the condition of the United States right now is worse than the sick Soviet regime 30 years back. For one thing, modern equipment for total surveillance did not exist. I just remembered to be careful during my phone calls because they listened in from time to time, one adapts to things like that. And then again, at least we had the oil, and nobody lived in trailer parks, and health care was not too good but free. One of the first culture shocks I found in the US was to discover a land of toothless smiles. Not all can afford dentistry in the land of equal opportunities, I was told. With Hussein in the Black House, you live in a Huxley-Orwell dystopia, amusing yourselves to death and chronically scared as you keep rewriting history. My sympathies.

          • reader

            The land of toothless smiles? I suppose, you’re Valentin Zorin reincarnated. Did you spend a lot of time taping slums and dumpsters as well? The issue with your rant is the order of magnitude. Yes, Obama is a very bad news for the US (and good news for Putin and his KGB henchmen). However, this country is still much better than Russia, because Obama is still somewhat constrained by the Republic’s institutions, and Putin is not.

          • ReyR

            I see. You haven’t been here long enough. Since you “readers” left, things have changed a lot, but you still live in denial. It takes courage to admit your own mistakes, because your flight was a serious error, you guys escaped one dying system only to end up in something worse. History goes in cycles, you see. We’re on the rising curve now, but your host nation is in agony, and Hussein is finishing it. Most Chinese contracts to buy our oil are in the yuan or rubles now, and nobody cares to buy those US treasury bills anymore. Wild libscum, radfems and jihadists are turning what once was God’s own land into a cesspit. Some federal states are technically bankrupt, just as are many cities and “too big to fail” corporations. Your food is toxic GM, the populace is medicated to unconsciousness, the family does not exist, MGTOW is on the rise, kids in schools are taught the Koran and same-sex marriage at the same time (one must be braindead not to short-circuit on the combination), and the whole social fabric is one living lie where truth is suppressed, Thomas James Ball’s self-immolation never happened, and CAIR criminals reign supreme in your Orwellian universe. And parasite crows are feasting on what remains of the defunct economy that is mostly a series of huge rackets: the healthcare racket, the war racket, the stock market racket, the education racket, the insurance racket, the media racket, the race racket… Go back and reread Stanislaw Lem’s “Futurological Congress”, it’s about today’s America. It’s out of control now, spiraling down to inevitable demise.
            With all due respects: if you believe your own agitprop, your end is nigh. I was a rabid anti-Soviet back in 80s, but times have changed and now I know Putin is the best thing that happened to Russia in 30 years.
            PS. “news” cannot be used with the indefinite article. You should have learned this much in 30 years of emigration.
            PPS. When you enter the ring, choose an opponent to match, or you risk getting mugged.

          • reader

            You’re on the rising curve? Don’t feed me with baloney, I have contacts all over Russia and well aware of what’s going on. Putin’s regime in particular is one oil prices plunge away from collapsing, as it was the case with the USSR. So, enjoy it while it lasts.

          • ReyR

            You wish.
            OK, man, I’ve got business to do. Don’t take it to the heart. Good luck.

          • Omar

            You a “rabid anti-Soviet” activist? Don’t make me laugh. You are anything but anti-Soviet. You keep posting pro- Soviet Communist propaganda in the comments section. Putin is the worst thing that has happened to Russia since the end of the USSR over two decades ago. What Russia needs is a pro-Western leader that will restore democracy in that country/

          • objectivefactsmatter

            The Soviets were international communists. He’s a national socialist. Which means he wants Russia to rule the world as a socialist empire and we’re one of the colonies.

          • Drakken

            Your missing the points that Rey is making, it is a Russian trait so please do try to understand what he is trying to say. Putin has come along in Russian history to bring it out of the communist malaise that infected it for 3 generations. So the important aspect is that Putin plays chess and is 10 moves ahead, while Obummer and his minions are still trying to get the pieces on the board for a game of checkers all the while Putin laughs at Obummers incompetence and utter stupidity.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Ah, what do you call Russian National Socialism these days?

          • Drakken

            Don’t worry Rey, you have a thick skin and can handle the barbs being thrown at you. I do understand where you are coming from and do agree to an extent, its the delivery that gets up the hackles up, but like you I have little time nor patience for coddling the weak of will, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

          • ReyR

            I appreciate, Drakken. It’s a relief to know that at least some Americans realize that your great nation is repeating our shameful errors of the past. It’s a bad feeling to watch another entire superpower sleepwalking to the crushing machine, but of course history cannot be stopped, and people stick to the status quo. I remember my grandpa’s tale about how Jews in Minsk during WWII lived in denial to the very last day, and it’s particularly scary in retrospect since now we know just what was awaiting them. When I read reports from the US and EU recently I feel like I am watching a replay. Early 2000s brought this eerie pang that the West is heading for something mystically similar to our Stalinist phase. I’d say that the writing is on the wall, but few have the eyes to see it. Thank you again, people like you give me hope.

          • Drakken

            I have been to Russia and the Ukraine numerous times and see the resilience of the people there and they know what hardship is and are quickly overcoming and succeeding it, we in the west have become weak, decadent and complacent about the future and are oblivious to the train wreck that is coming around the corner. History always repeats itself no matter how many warning lights are flashing, we just chose to ignore it at our own peril. Please do keep up warning the rest of us what is coming and the parallels of how we are going the way of the old Soviet Union. Hopefully the warning you give opens a few eyes as to the tragedy that awaits us. Dos vedonya my friend.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            The Soviets were much smarter. They sent undesirables away and eventually killed them so they that could claim to have a rough sort of “equality”…among the living.

            ‘All of our citizens have full sets of teeth. And if we find one missing any…we’ll fix it in the name of social justice.’

            ‘Hey, you! Get in the cage you dumb kulak.’

          • Omar

            The U.S. is a far better country than Russia. The U.S. is democratic while Russia has a neo-Communist dictatorship. Putin is worse than the late Gen. Francisco Franco of Spain. Putin is the modern-day Joseph Stalin and the United Russia Party is the modern-day Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Learn from facts instead of repeating Communist propaganda.

          • Drakken

            Say what you want about ole Putin and I am not defending him, but he has an IQ over 160, and our deluded moron we have in the white house barely can get to 100. Putin is a patriot and works in Russia’s interest, out idiot in chief does everything in his power to diminish our prestige in the world, and your blaming ReyRe for pointing out obvious truths?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Precisely. And I meant it when I said that the condition of the United States right now is worse than the sick Soviet regime 30 years back. For one thing, modern equipment for total surveillance did not exist. ”

            Then how are you comparing? So you’re proud of your totalitarian regime merely because they’re weren’t actually omnipotent? They weren’t powerful enough to abuse you all that much?

            “One of the first culture shocks I found in the US was to discover a land of toothless smiles. Not all can afford dentistry in the land of equal opportunities, I was told.”

            Said like a true communist. So you love communism but you hated the Soviets because you weren’t a regime insider. OK then. Or you merely hate them for losing.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Talking about a country’s records, records are history. ”

            So you’re saying that Russians (if you indeed do speak for all of Russia) reject the idea that we should strive to learn critical lessons from history?

            That’s a new one. I thought communists loved to lie about history. I never heard any of them deny its importance though.

          • Drakken

            Rey, you do have one hell of a point to make, and I must sadly admit, that our standard of living in the US is dropping, while in Russia it is increasing. Who would have thought in a million years that the US would be going the way of the old Soviet Union, and Russia today is going the way of the old US. Talk about tragic irony. You just couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. Say what you want about Putin, but at least he is a patriot of Russia and works in Russia’s interest, and portrays the Russian mans man, while what we have in the white house projects weakness at every turn and golfs. God bloody help us.

        • Omar

          ReyR, why don’t you talk about how the Japanese militarist imperialists attacked Pearl Harbor? You don’t condemn that attack because you support it. You support the Pearl Harbor attack because you are an America-hating, democracy hating, totalitarian-loving Stalinist/Maoist who supports any regime that is opposed to America and other democratic countries. You probably have similar sentiments with regards to the Japanese militarist attack in Nanking, China (the atrocity is known as the “Rape of Nanking”) in the late 1930s. Contrary to your belief, the Japanese militarists were not Gandhian pacifists who wanted peace with America and the allies. The Japanese militarists were fascists allied with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Quit repeating Communist propaganda and learn from facts.

        • reader

          How is funding the anti-Soviet fighters equate to creating Al Qaeda? Al Qaeda was a small fraction of Arabs among many fighting groups, the majority of whom were Tajics and Pushtuns, later split into rival Northern Alliance and Taliban. Al Qaeda was created and for the most part funded by Bin Laden himself.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Try Wikipedia “Al-Qaeda”: “The origins of al-Qaeda as a network inspiring terrorism around the world and training operatives can be traced to the Soviet War in Afghanistan (December 1979 – February 1989).”

          Who needs wikipedia for that? But in any case, that’s like blaming Germany for communism (which many people do). OTOH, I think we should have been smarter about how we managed it, I’ll give you that. But it doesn’t exactly make me cry in shame the way some people seem to expect we should.

          I would have given them weapons that we could immediately disable, for starters. And I’d immediately annihilate them as soon as they got out of control. They were never our friends. Not the ones who turned on us. THAT is where we blew it. The crystal ball was not yet perfected at the time.

          “What else don’t you know?”

          So you’re saying that in fact America is not the perfect heavenly Utopia, and that’s why we need communism?

    • Omar

      Russian (as well as Communist Chinese) imperialism is to blame for almost all of the world’s troubles. There is no connection between the Afghan Mujahdeen and Al-Qaeda during the Soviet imperialist war in Afghanistan during the 1980s. That lie was invented by the Communist imperialists and their Islamist allies. If anything, there is probably some evidence out there that suggests that the KGB created Al-Qaeda in order to fool the world with that lie. Bottom line: Communist imperialism is worse than fascist aggression in Europe during the 1930s and the 1940s (before and during World War II).

      • ReyR

        Check your nose, Pinocchio.

        • Omar

          I have a normal nose. Why don’t you fact-check, Stromboli/Coachman

          • ReyR

            Duh. I can almost feel how you hate yourself for all those endless years of paid cheating. Can’t you see your time is over? Nobody believes you any more, and when your ship goes down soon, there will be no place for you, not even in Uruguay. Perhaps you’ll even have to crawl back to the Shariah-infested snake pit. All you can do is hiss and lie, the American people don’t need you. You are useless, you don’t share their culture, you don’t even know the story of Pinocchio.

          • Omar

            You act like the useless troll here, not me. I was referring to the Disney version of Pinocchio. Anyway, you happen to support Communist totalitarianism because you despise the freedoms that great democracies like the United States and the United Kingdom offer.

          • ReyR

            YOU have nothing to do with great democracies, you’re just a dented cog in the US Gov rusty propaganda machine that has all but stalled and is falling apart. And we all know that your government has nothing to do with democracy and liberties any longer. The White House today is a political travesty and dishonor to the founding fathers of America. And you sound like a CAIR hireling. Go back to Yemen while you still can.

          • Omar

            And you would make Stalin and Mao proud. You serve as the propaganda poster for both Moscow and Beijing. Both regimes are worse than their predecessors.

          • ReyR

            Both China and Russia today are far better than the dying post-liberal US that your owners are driving to a collapse. But I believe in America, in its people, not thugs like you, but the real ones, born and bred in the true American spirit, they will restore their nation’s glory. And you hired trolls will slither away to hide under a wet rock, like you always do.

          • Omar

            You are the troll in this conversation. I rather live in the Shah’s Iran than live in Putin’s Russia. The only good Russian leader in the post-Soviet world was Boris Yeltsin, who at least wanted good relations with the West. Putin is nothing more than another Stalin. Even the last Czar of Russia was a better leader than Putin.

          • ReyR

            You meant to write “I’d rather live in…”
            I always wonder why even after decades of life in America most of you immigrants can’t speak and write your host nation’s language. Perhaps something to do with the intellect, I wager.

          • Omar

            Anyway, why do you keep repeating Communist propaganda? Marx behaves a lot more like Satan than any other philosopher in his time.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Both China and Russia today are far better than the dying post-liberal US that your owners are driving to a collapse.”

            Better in what way? Those nations are the hosts for history’s most poisonous lies.

          • ReyR

            objectivefactsmatter
            I would never try to sell communism to anyone. To begin with, I know how it feels and smells. This is an objective fact.
            Quite simple, American pretentious self-righteousness and feeling of entitlement are ridiculous, particularly now that its blind-walking to the same precipice that we Russians miraculously survived a mere generation ago. This is why history does matter.
            Another funny thing about you guys is your paranoia that makes you see enemy in anybody whose thinking differs from yours even slightly. But I’m used to it. Even as far as twenty years ago some of your countrymen described me as a fascist when I disagreed with them on the race issue, they called me a commie every time I said that feminism and gay movement will ruin your homeland by destroying the family even after the Newt Gingrich row back in the 90s. I was a commie no doubt when I argued that total reliance on welfare policies will create a whole class of disabled parasites. And when I said that big government means big brother, and that the US is printing its own road to peril, I was red as a cherry berry, just as the founding fathers were. Just listen to them, ain’t it obvious that Thomas Pain and Jefferson and Franklin were a pack of red communist wolves, after all, I haven’t said anything they didn’t. All I said was 20 years ago we were collapsed by a gaggle of blind conceited incompetent psychopaths that we had for leaders. And right now America is destroyed by a gaggle of blind conceited incompetent psychopaths that you guys have for government. Period. History goes in circles, I said, watch out, I said, try not to repeat our blunders, I said. this means I’m a communist, of course. You know why I’m communist? I become one as soon as I say out loud, I’m Russian. Every time, for decades. When in private exchange people assume that I am, to put it mildly, a Caucasian of European culture, then I’m fine, they nod and smile when I offer my views. As soon as I admit to my criminal Russianness, they balk and snarl, and then I’m a commie and they begin dissing me. Gets old pretty soon, you know. Years ago, I wanted to be one of you, was in fact. But you guys pissed me off by this muslim-like bigotry and being so partial about my Russian blood. Since then, I walk my own way, and yes, I do find the Chinese rather better interlocutors because they’ve been through the same hell as we Ruskis, we Russians and Han are together climbing out of the communist cave, which you proud westerners are claiming for your own. After all, it’s only logical: you guys gave us that Karl Marks, now you are taking him back. Good riddance.
            As is my professional habit, usually I keep my mouth shut, I just read news and make my conclusions. This once, just for the heck of it, I ventured to speak up my mind, and found myself assaulted both by hired trolls like Omar above and blissfully ignorant aggressive dorks. Communism this, communism that, Stalinist, Maoist, imperialist, democracy, Moscow-Beijing, Hitler over Putin, KGB, you are racist, sexist macho pig, spewing poisonous lies, dumb commie fighting a loosing battle, because we are the best we walked the moon, we won the war, we are a bunch of parrots with serious cognitive dissonance. Nuff said.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “And we all know that your government has nothing to do with democracy and liberties any longer.”

            Democracy is functioning and the constitution still reigns, but there are large numbers of people who are working against it. Thanks to Soviet deceptions.

            That’s the point.

            “And you sound like a CAIR hireling.”

            Now we know you’re not paying any attention at all. It’s the ruski version of EarlyBird.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          We funded some of the men who eventually joined “the base.” Our crystal ball was not working well at the time.

          Wow.

  • bj affordable

    The third last paragraph says it all. It is the mantra to which EVERY leftie marches to.

    And they want to corrupt and enslave us with their poisonous dirge. The Pied Piper of Bolshevism carries not a flute but a sickle. The sickle of the Grim Reaper.

  • Guest

    To all of you and the author too: the russians have no need for long term goals to “get” us. They have the US in the bag since 1933. Read Diana West’s explosive historical account: “American Betrayal”.

    • MLCBLOG

      Thank you. Diana West is great!!

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    The shadow of Leninism persisted in the career of the late Eric Hobsbawm, whose recent death was greeted with an outpouring of tributes from liberals and leftists alike. See http://clarespark.com/2012/12/08/hobsbawm-obama-israel/. “Hobsbawm, Obama, Israel.”

  • TienBing

    The Middle East is an infected sore that scabs over and lies quiescent hiding the putrefaction, but periodically erupts with fresh suppuration. Islam is the disease that prevents healing. The Soviets capitalized on the pre-existing rot.

    The Soviets designed and began building the terrorist network throughout the Middle East before the ‘70s. In the early ‘50s the Soviets began harnessing the hatred of the other, particularly Jews, that is intrinsic to Islam. The birth of Israel gave them a natural cause to enlist Muslims on the same side as atheist socialism. All the Soviets had to do was wake them up and show them how to do it – which they did very effectively.

    • ReyR

      You sound as an expert. You must have researched the issue in depth. I’m sure you know the Russian language, and perhaps even Hebrew, to say what you just said. Oh no, you must have read it someplace, in English. Second-hand knowledge, but first-rate confidence. I see, you were born in the United States. The world’s best schooling. Do you know which part of Vietnam is Hanoi, north or south? OK, that was a tough one, don’t sulk.

      • TienBing

        At first I took you serious. I thought you merely had a problem with english vocabulary and grammar. That is why I wasted my time with a serious answer to what I now realize is nothing more than an ignorant rant, in one of your previous replies.

        • ReyR

          Pathetic.

  • Nuwan

    With the same token, who wants misery of Russians, poverty of oppressive regime and fat, ugly,old and dirty prostitutes trying to ply their trade out of desperation? If I am blessed with the delicious food, why would I want to try some stale garbage? How many people have you seen lining up to get Russian Visa at an Immigration counter of Russian embassy? After the retirement, Ex-KGB have been spotted living in USA but have you seen other way around? Is Russian Rubble world’s reserve currency? How many MNC’s are world famous-Russians? Misery of your land and nation has turned hundreds of thousands respectable mothers, wives,sisters and daughters – whores. And you have an audacity to give us a lecture! Only communist/muslim zombie can do that.

    • ReyR

      Poor blind puppy.

      • Nuwan

        Puss filled putrid gangrene-useless nuisance on this otherwise intelligent page.

      • Nuwan

        Any right thinking person would take American junk food over Russian Nutritious Food. RNF still stinks to the high heavens with the blood, tears and perspiration of 50-60 million dead innocent Soviets. American junk food has a sweet smell of Freedom, taste of equality and nutritious value of liberty which over rides any concerns. Regarding whores- sure, they should be in a high bracket since dimes-a-dozen tricks done million times a day will have a higher revenue bracket compared to this poor troll. Regarding the strength of ruble-do you even have an IQ to understand that 16 Trillions can be wiped out with currency fluctuations and manipulations? Don’t underestimate the power of USA. We, USA, are compassion on steroids. We cut both the ways.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        My we’re sensitive, aren’t we?

    • Pap

      Hey, I like whores….fat, ugly, old, whatever. What a boring life it would be if there were no whores.

      • MLCBLOG

        You are apparently purposely missing the point.

  • herb benty

    Putin made several trips to Iran, just before the maniacal mullahs started the “death to America” mantra. It looks like world communism has hired Islam( who leftists cover for and fawn over), to go along with all our marxist professors, unions, “civil rights” groups such as the SPLS, and on and on. America is being destroyed on purpose.

  • hpe reader

    Wow, a powerful description of what the Soviet Union really was, and an outstanding explanation of what Communism has done to the world, and continues to do. And this piece is a warning for the future………

  • Omar

    This just shows that anti-American and anti-Western hatred in the Middle East was (and is) deeply influenced by Communist Soviet/Russian imperialism, both in the 20th century and today in the 21st century. The Soviet Union may no longer exist, but its damage in the world has been done and today’s Russia is nothing more than a reincarnation of the old USSR. The truth is that Russia (as well as Communist China) is to blame for most of the America hatred in the world. Russian imperialism is the chief reason why there are so many dictatorships and kleptocracies in the world today. Vladimir Putin is the modern-day Joseph Stalin and the United Russia Party is the modern-day Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Today, Russia has many client states in the world, including China, North Korea, Vietnam, Syria, Belarus, Libya (under Gaddhafi), Sudan (which has a racist, sexist, genocidal Islamist regime that behaves worse than South Africa’s former apartheid regime), Zimbabwe (which has a black supremacist Marxist dictator who wants to create a neo-apartheid system similar to what used to exist in South Africa, but with the races reversed), Cuba (the only totalitarian dictatorship in the Western hemisphere whose rulers have tried to destroy the United States for over 50 years), Venezuela (which is a colony of Communist Cuba. The Communist Cuban colony of Venezuela has a viceroy who stole the presidential election in that country this past April), Nicaragua (whose lunatic Marxist despot committed atrocities against that country’s indigenous Miskito population during the civil war in the 1980s) and the evil Islamist terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah (which are both neo-Nazi parties whose main goal to destroy Israel and to eliminate the Jews and people of other beliefs and faiths [as well as non-religious people], and to impose Sharia law on the world’s population). What Russia needs is another Boris Yeltsin to end the Kremlin’s imperialism and make the country pro-Western again (the owner of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team would be an excellent choice for president of Russia). Until Russian imperialism is defeated, it is the responsibility of America, Britain, Israel and the rest of the free world to embargo the Kremlin and to force regime change in Moscow.

    As for Edward Snowden, he is a Stalinist/Maoist and a traitor to the United States and the rest of the free world. If Snowden gets caught and is extradited back to the USA, the government needs to strip him of his citizenship and send him to Guantanamo Bay, where he will learn how a traitor must face the consequences for the bad deeds.

    • g..man

      Snowden is a whistleblower not a spy.

      • Omar

        He is a spy. Snowden is a traitor, period. Alexander Litvinenko was a real whistleblower who exposed the Kremlin’s crimes against the Russian people as well as the people of the world. Putin decided to poison Litvinenko because of the whistleblower’s efforts to expose the Kremlin’s crimes. Bottom line: Litvinenko supported democracy while Snowden supports Communist totalitarianism.

        • TienBing

          Whistle blower, naive fool, spy, traitor, whatever. In Hillary’s famous words: “What difference does it make now?”

          What Snowden exposed and the resultant conundrum over liberty v security is more important than his motivation or legal status.

        • Cat@Freedomista

          No question Snowden is a Leftist; but would allow that he is at least, a confused one – in that he appreciates limits when it comes to Government power, Seeing his Government morph into the greediest of dangerous wolves; he let out a warning.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            OK, he’s a traitor because he was duped.

            Feel better?

        • Charlie97

          And for those that may not know this – Alexander Litvinenko was a…Muslim.

  • MLCBLOG

    Seems as though there are some very dedicated folks as well as some serious trolls on this site just throwing out inflammatory/derogatory comments to obfuscate matters and take up space.

  • ProgDestroyer

    I certainly don’t agree with most of what ReyR says below. In particular his missives where he says life is better in Russia than the USA are obvious hyperbole. Although I take some umbrage with either an immigrant or foreigner throwing rocks at our “house”, it must be acknowledged that his critique of our current leader and his party and the USA culture in general are certainly closer to reality than what is presented daily by the “lame-stream” media. Of course by doing so he makes the point of the book being reviewed above. I have thought for some time that if a foreign power were to seek to take us down from within what would they do that is any different than what the demo-rat party has done for the past 80-100 years and in particular what the Manchurian candidate in the white house has done of late? The answer is not much. David Horowitz’s book “Unholy Alliance” will make a good companion piece to this book I suspect. Once folks understand that there is no appreciable difference that matters between Marxist communism, Fascism, Nazism and Islamism they will understand the evil we truly face; bald-faced radical violent tyranny. ReyR should know better, if as he says, he is a child of Russian Tyranny. We may be travelling toward a tyrannical destination but so far we haven’t reached that way-point yet, but his Mother Russian has never lived in any other condition but tyranny.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Of course by doing so he makes the point of the book being reviewed above.”

      Exactly.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Project much?

    • Drakken

      ReyRe is Russian, so his factious tongue in cheek missive is very much misread, like you not using those sarc tags ;) .
      I do give those Russians a lot of credit though, and yes I have visited that country countless times, is no matter the obstacles thrown their way, the do plow through it. So you go ahead Rey and continue to let your views to be known. Some Americans might learn a thing or two on how Russians think.

  • Drakken

    Come on OFM, cut Rey a little slack, his nuance is being a tad understood, but his points are valid. Think a tad outside the western vernacular and you can see what he is saying.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      A lot of his criticisms have some validity, but his perspective doesn’t seem balanced. Maybe as you say, I don’t know when he’s being sarcastic.

      I understand if he’s a patriotic Russian. It seems he’s a little too patriotic to the new regime. Not that we couldn’t learn something from their patriotism. It’s just that they’re not a regime we can trust by any stretch.

      They are making progress and the potential is there, without question. Putin has to go and they need a stronger constitution with a government that will back it up, if they want to be a true democratic republic that emulates our freedoms. The elites don’t want that and probably the majority of people don’t understand it enough to demand it.

      As long as the true facts come out in the end, I’m fine with what anyone has to say.

      • Drakken

        Putin has come along at the right time in history and he is a nationalist who has Russian interest at his policy, unlike our present clusterf*** in office who can’t bend over far and fast enough to our enemies, and Putin just sits there in utter amazement at this craven moron we have in office and is of course going to take advantage of the situation, who wouldn’t given the set of circumstances we are in?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I totally hear what you’re saying. It had occurred to me that in theory he could be a great Russian patriot with a game plan based on sincere patriotism. But I’m also a skeptic. I’ll give him some credit as an individual who is limited by circumstances, and credit for the fact that there is no way for me to know more. I don’t hate him. I just worry about how anyone can lead a nation or civilization out of the mess of communism. It’s unprecedented.

          For all those reasons. I give him the benefit of the doubt as a person. And Russia was getting less antagonistic during the Bush years. It’s just too hard to tell precisely what all of it means. It’s possible that he hates 0′Bama for the same reasons we do.

          • ReyR

            More than possible, OFM. Just one glance at Syria and Egypt today. Obamination is supporting his own nation’s enemies in both countries. Plus, although we don’t claim possession of the ultimate truth, it is our widespread popular view in this nation that we do not need at least some of the West’s recently acquired values. Such as public promotion of gay rights, denial of Christian heritage, or destruction of the traditional family and male-bashing. I know that libertarians in the west cringe to see first-hand that most of our women are anti-feminists while at the same time well represented in all walks of life, including top government offices. Plus again, I personally do believe that it takes a Putin to handle the challenges that confront us right now. As you said, leading a nation out of the mess of communism is an unprecedented task. I used to be highly skeptical about him at first, but I am not blind, and I learn on the way. I wish Americans did just that. Not a saint or epic hero, but Putin is saving us, while the clandestine islamic agent BHO is sabotaging his own nation.