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Some leaders of nearly failed states just can’t face historical facts

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Here is the headline that got my attention:

Medvedev: Blaming Soviets for WW2 a ‘Cynical Lie’

It seems that Medvedev is ready to deny that Stalin, the practical dictator of and head of state of the USSR during the dirty ’30s and ’40s, directed foreign policy that focused on direct intervention in the affairs of many countries such as Spain during it’s Civil War, China during the ascent of Mao Zedong to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the brutal partition of Poland after signing an agreement of mutual support with Hitler in 1939 days before the Nazi horde invaded Poland.

According to Medvedev all those terrible historical verities are a string of cynical lies, which is on the face of it a much bigger CYNICAL LIE today.

There is little doubt that the USSR suffered enormously during the German Nazi invasion and spoliation of the Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian homelands from 1941 until counterattacks from the USSR armies in 1943-44 and 1945. There is also little doubt that that conflict had more to do with the demise of the Hitlerian 1000 year Reich than any number of pinpricks by Western Allied armies. Those are big facts, but it’s not a fact that the USSR had nothing to do with the invasion and partition of Poland in 1939-40. That was deliberate foreign and military policy/action of the USSR. During that time the USSR armies invaded Finland also!

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Olympic competition vs. military invasion

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PLA recruit training.Image via Wikipedia

I have yet to see any useful commentary about the visible and moral differences between the methods of Hu Jintao and Putin. Both are nationalists and the former purportedly has a bigger military machine. But Putin has a well earned reputation for international bullying while it is evident that Hu of China seems to practice diplomacy and capitalism leaving more room for competitors.

Most of all I would like to read some recognition that the so-called authoritarian “Communist China” has been the least aggressive of all great world powers over the last 20+ years.

During the last two weeks, while world class athletes have been competing in Beijing, the brutal and sudden violence of Russian military actions in Ossetia, Abkahzia and Georgia and generally bullying posture of the Russian Government and military high command vs. all of its neighbouring countries, and its European energy customers, cannot but strike a harsh contrast with the words and actions of the “Communist Chinese” government not only during the last few years but since Chairman Mao and his regime was put to rest.

Hu speaks about harmonious growth and most of his political actions have been the direct opposite of those taken by the US and now Russia. In my humble view China practices civilized international politics and shows exemplary restraint in its relations with almost all of its neighbouring states. Clearly it is an aggressive but generally benign player in international politics. Contrast that with the words and actions of either Bush or Putin during the last 8 years.

In my humble opinion China has been the most effective practitioner of the Teddy Roosevelt dictum “Speak and walk softly but carry a big stick!” or words the that effect.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/18 at 10:17

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