Russia is our enemy not because of its religion, but because of its world-conquering etho
Russia is not our enemy.
[Russia is not our enemy.]
Frankly a lot of Veterans Today is recycled Soviet and Tsarist propaganda. As Richard Pipes, the old Kremlinologist once said, the problem with the Soviet Union wasnt Communism, but the fact that it was Imperial Russia with a Red veneer. Without Imperial Russias world-conquering ethos, no one would care, as long as Russians kept their butchery within their borders. Unfortunately, the Russians had to attempt to expand their borders. Thats ultimately what Russias issues with its neighbors have been all about - its relentless lust for new lands to annex.
BTW, Ive been following Veterans Today since for almost 20 years, pretty much since the website started up. I posted the McClatchy thing just to provide a 3rd Party assessment. The Oxford academics quoted by McClatchy filled in some of the blanks on where VT got their pre-written essays, many of which had this really foreign-sounding perspective and verbiage.
In 1992, I was in a Marine detachment aboard a US navy vessel. We had a Russian destroyer working with our battlegroup in the Gulf. One day I was standing next to an old crusty Gunny watching it steam next to us, about 2 miles away. Cutting my teeth in the military during the Cold War, what I saw amazed me. I turned to him and said, "Gunny, I never thought I'd see the day that the Russians would be our friends." What happened next is forever ingrained in my memory. Without ever taking his eyes of the Russian ship, he took a long drag off his cigarette, exhaled and replied, "Devil Dog, make no mistake about it, they may not be our enemies anymore, but they will never be our friends."
Honestly, his response left me a little confused. It wasn't until later that I understood what he meant. Russia, along with every other country in the world only has Russia's best interests at heart. They play nice with the US as long as it suits their purpose. The US is the only country I can think of that is inhabited and run by people who don't hold the same idea, and actively work to make their country weaker and more vulnerable on the world stage.