Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Recently, Senator Lindsay Graham of SC called President Putin a “KGB Colonel.” Graham’s sidekick John McCain went farther, stating that Russia was “not a country, but a gas station.” At the same time, President Obama scolded Russia once again for oppressing “our gay brothers and sisters.” This trio of leaders to the Russians now personify “Russian diplomacy.” With regard to Senator Graham’s charge, it is well known that Putin began in the KGB, but what the American news media does not state is that he rose to prominence by foiling the attempted KGB “coup” against President Gorbachev in 1991 when he was Deputy Mayor of Leningrad—now St. Petersburg. When he was later ordered by KGB ringleaders to support a return to communism, Putin told them, as they came to Russia’s second largest city, he would have them arrested. Like him or not, Putin is a man of courage and independence, not a “KGB colonel” or “gas station attendant” in the words of Graham and McCain.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February, which many Americans saw on television. To begin, the news media preceded its Olympic predictions with wild tales of terrorist threats. I personally think this had more to do with Russia’s law against homosexual solicitation of teenagers and children than it did with terrorism. The closest comparison I saw to terrorists were members of the female “rock” band Pussy Riot; imitating terrorists, they appeared in ski masks and were promptly arrested. Pussy Riot had been arrested earlier for having lesbian sex on a church altar in Moscow. In sympathy, Obama sent as leaders of the American delegation to Sochi homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual athletes. The US news media also forgot to mention that Pussy Riot had previously made its debut at Russia’s National Museum of Biology, or the Russian equivalent of our Smithsonian, in Moscow by having group sex in front of school children. What I observed in Sochi were thousands of healthy, happy Russian families who were very proud of their country. Since emerging from the dark night of communism, the Russians have restored as their national symbol the image of St. George on horseback slaying the dragon, an ancient Christian symbol. In large part, Orthodox Christianity has replaced communism. After 12 weeks, abortion is illegal. Having children is promoted by the government. And while there are homosexuals in Russia, they are left alone. However, they are not recruited and rewarded with “same sex partner benefits.” As in the US military, homosexual marriage is illegal. Nor is homosexuality promoted among children and teenagers as a viable lifestyle. You need not agree with these policies to understand why many Russians see Americans as the dragon and Russia as St. George.
These policies do not even touch upon the current American stance against the Russians in the Crimea. Crimea—which is two-thirds Russian—belonged to Russia for hundreds of years before a Soviet dictator took it away from them in 1954 and gave it to Ukraine. Crimea has as much right to leave Ukraine as Texas did to leave Mexico in 1836 and the American colonies possessed to leave Britain in 1776.
What our news media does not report is that the US government—led on by Senators Graham and McCain and with President Obama’s approval—spent billions of our taxpayer dollars to overthrow the existing government in Ukraine. One of the new regime’s first acts was to outlaw Russian as an official language. Is it any surprise that the Russians in Crimea wanted out and that Russia offered them an exit? Already, the US Congress is sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine, which will likely be used to pay the Russians the gas bill they owe to them. Maybe it is time for Americans to leave Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia alone in order to restore constitutional government in our own country.