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Friday, December 17, 2004

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Back in the early 1920's, there were "red scares." They would probably have been called McCarthyism, if Joe McCarthy hadn't been about twelve years old at the time. The Russian Revolution had Americans scared that there was a commie in every closet and under every bed. Similar fears were felt in Britain. But when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, Britain quickly became an ally of the USSR, and the US joined in when it was officially invited to join WWII by the Japanese in December. (FDR had apparently been waiting anxiously by the mailbox.) Nazi Germany was the enemy of Britain and the US, and Nazi Germany was the enemy of the USSR. So, red scares or not, the three allied with each other to battle Hitler.

It appears now that, more and more, much of the world sees the U.S. as the enemy. Though both nominally "communist," at least from 1948 until 1991, Russia and China have been antagonistic towards each other, with even a couple of small border wars between them. But the emergence of the U.S. as the sole "superpower" over the past 15 years, heightened by the overtly aggressive actions of the Bush administration, seem to have brought the bear and the dragon closer together.

Former CIA agent Ray McGovern reports that Russia and China will conduct joint military exercises in 2005, and are cooperating in other new ways as well. In Mike Ruppert's video The Truth and Lies of 9-11, he mentions that U.S. policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been to trash the Russian economy, making it easier for us to pick off various parts of the former Soviet empire--especially the oil- and gas-rich parts. But a Russian-Chinese alliance would combine the world's biggest economic juggernaut with the only nation with even a semblance of a military competitive with ours (especially in nuclear weapons).

Our country is being run by megalomaniacs, with an idiot as the front man. We're in for quite a ride, those of us who live long enough to see it.