[The Telegraph, U.K.]
Le Figaro, France
Like that 'Retard' Fidel, Now We Have
"Driven by a resentment as irrational
as it is mean-spirited, the American republic has continued to practice the
delusional encirclement of post-Soviet Russia ... Without a
doubt, the twisted minds at the inept CIA's Langley headquarters or the brains
at the Pentagon have dreamed of having their own Cuba."
By Alexandre Adler
Translated By Sandrine Ageorges
August 16, 2008
- French - Original Article (French)
Joseph Stalin, aka/The Red Tsar: A Georgian himself, the way he
ruled and dealt with his fellow Georgians goes a long way toward
explaining the events of recent weeks.
Several avenues are open to us in
trying to shed some light on the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The first, which for once deviates from our usual custom,
isn't strictly about geopolitics. To speak of the relationship between Russians and Georgians, it
is perhaps first necessary to envisage the complexity in terms of the societies
involved, and the often deep and very profound
ways they portray one another, which act as memes in the collective
unconscious. We cannot, for
example, put aside some of the places where the conflict is taking place, such
as Gori, which is none other than the birthplace of Stalin.
The fact that the Russians have savagely
bombed the town is unlikely due to strategic principles alone. Especially if,
as I believe, Putin’s father had some trouble with the terrible Red Georgian
Tsar. [There are rumors that Putin's father, Vladimir Spiridonovich
Putin, fought Stalin as a Nazi-collaborator and that he was captured by British
forces. See photo below ]. In some ways Russians feel a mixture of fascination
and repulsion toward their former Soviet compatriots in Georgia that for now has been given free reign, which seems quite profound, and which goes
far beyond strategic calculation. Under Stalin, Georgians ruled Russia at a
crucial time when the destiny of the nation itself was at stake - with
methods of unspeakable brutality, and for the most part they saved it.
intelligence officer Victor Suvorov, who worked as a spy
for the West before
defecting in the 1970's, is now a historian who has
authored a number of
books challenging Russia's official history. Zhukov
came across photos in British
army archives from 1944, taken during
the Warsaw Uprising.
Three of the soldiers in the photo wear Russian
Cossack uniforms. One
wears a Nazi uniform. The uniformed Russians
are members of General
Vlasov's army, which during WW II defected to
the German side. The
first lieutenant on the left is said to be father of
Vladimir Putin, Vladimir
Stalin, indeed, wasn't the only
one responsible: Sergo Ordjonikidze - before he committed suicide after being
encouraged to do so by his leader - was the true architect of the country's'
industrialization [Stalin suspected him of plotting against him]; Avel Enukidze
in his turn, single-handedly created the Kremlin administration, which is in
place to this day. Liquidated by Stalin in 1937, he was undoubtedly the most
brilliant of all Georgian Bolsheviks.
Lavrentiy Beria: A
Georgian that helped Stalin rule - until the 'Red Tzar' purged him.
Lastly there was Lavrentiy Beria :
To him we certainly owe the flawless repression of all effective opposition to
Stalin's regime, but also the amnesty of many military and secret service
agents whom Stalin sentenced to death; the implementation of one of the most
brilliant intelligence networks in the world (including three close associates
of Roosevelt at the White House between 1940 and 1945), and most of all, the
procurement - as always by way of his networks - of nuclear weapons. All of
which, of course, has nothing to do with the childish attempts of the regime's
dim-witted physicist Kourchatov ,
put forward later, to mask the exploits of "intelligence." (Razvedka,
[Editor's Note: The word Razvedka
is defined in Russian dictionaries this way: 'Describes
any means and any actions aimed at obtaining information about an enemy,
analyzing it and understanding it properly].
Generally speaking, the
resentment against the Caucasians was given free reign after the arrest of
Beria, who had conceived in 1953 the grandiose project of collectivizing the
country, releasing the nationalities [recognizing the ethnic identities] and reunifying
Germany [under Soviet control]. What is being raised in Russia against the
Georgians is not only the extreme, paranoid violence of Stalin, which combined
with his austere stoicism did play a significant role in the victory of 1945
[WWII], but also the great liberal experiments of Beria, and finally, the
climate of freedom and the carefree attitude with which he ruled, even during
his worst moment - in Tiflis [Tbilisi]. [Adler is comparing Beria's relatively
liberal rule of Georgia at the end of WWII to the government of
Georgia's current President Saakashvili].
[The Telegraph, U.K.]
In using the old Russian name of
Tiflis for Georgia's capital, I speak like everyone in the Soviet Union did
during the years 1950-1970, even as Piter would have been substituted
for St. Petersburg - or Leningrad. Because the resentment also extends to the
Mediterranean beauty of Georgia, in the lost paradise that Pasternak evoked in his famous letter to his Georgian
friends, these "Indias of Russia," this route to the Orient so
generously deployed by a fascinated Alfred de Musset , the Russian
Briboïedov, and later his admirable biographer, Tynianov .
Boulat Okoudjava: Famed Georgian folk singer and anti-Stalinist.
And then, who in Russia hasn't
felt the tears well up within while listening to poetry expressed through the
scratchy voice of anti-Stalinist Boulat Okoudjava [See Photo ]
… and how many Russians know that the first film by the late Tengiz Abuladze ,
released by Georgian studios during perestroika, was called Repentance?
To sum up, the Russians are even
more violent with their Georgian brothers for enjoying a more advanced life
than they do, whether they have driven them, such as the Scandinavian
Varangians in the early days [the 9th and 10th
century], or whether they have surpassed them, once political authority was
lost [in 1991], in the quest for happiness, prosperity and beauty. Think only
of the happy films of Otar Iosseliani ,
who disturbed the climate of fog and depression at the time of Brezhnev with
The disproportion of the military
force used by Russia against Georgia belongs then, to the deep history that
remains common to both peoples. The other certainty, no less historical, is the
bankruptcy of the hegemonic role of the United States: driven by a resentment
as irrational as it is mean-spirited, the American republic has continued to
practice the delusional encirclement of post-Soviet Russia. Without
a doubt, the twisted minds at the inept CIA's Langley headquarters or
the brains at the Pentagon have dreamed of having their own Cuba [reference to
the Cuban missile crisis]. They thought they had found it in Georgia with their
agent of influence, the current president Saakachvili.
Saakachvili' just another 'retard' like Fidel?
And just like that retard Fidel Castro
who, in 1962, wanted to launch atom bombs against Washington before the
terrified eyes of his reckless allies in Moscow, here we have
"Frankenstein-Saakachvili" wanting to involve his American patrons in
the extreme and absurd logic that governs those who exalt in the narrow
nationalism of Georgia. Indeed in Washington today, the climate is not
indignation over the childishness of our news commentary, but about mutual
accusations of irresponsibility, just as it was in Moscow the day after the
Kennedy-Khrushchev duel over Cuba.
Condoleezza Rice made it known
that three weeks ago, she had tried to moderate Saakachvili. This is obviously
true, knowing her and her deputy, Ambassador Daniel Fried, both good
rationalist connoisseurs of the post-Soviet era and very discreet critics of
the current American paranoia. History will assign responsibility to each, but
the structure of causality is already known: a demented desire to continuously
provoke Russia by advocating immediate NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia,
even as a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis is playing out.
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SIGN MISSILE SHIELD DEAL
Given the irresponsibility of the United States, which requires the removal of the country from the excessive juristiction that it has - the surest way to make progress in the short term is obviously to vote
for Obama tomorrow. And itt appears that for the first time in its history,
Europe - presided over by Nicolas Sarkozy - has achieved a considerable result.
No - the European mediation is not Munich ,
any more than the nostalgics of the Georgian legions are the Czech democrats of
1938 or the Russians, the Nazis of tomorrow.
While saving the face of a
wrongly-engaged Russia, and ensuring an immediate halt to the fighting, the
Europeans have shown the moderates within Russia's leadership that they understand
their anxieties, without giving them cause to do more harm. Why was Sarkozy
heard? Because first of all, he demonstrated the qualities of a great diplomat
and used the Europe's "soft power" wisely.
Putin could have side-stepped
European mediation, with the risk of calling into question the entirety of
relations that Russia has forged, not only in regard to oil and gas, but also
the apartments in Kensington and vacations in Courchevel [a skiing area in the
French Alps]. These two major events [U.S. mismanagement and E.U. mediation]
lead the way to two potential routes away from this crisis for our old
In the first place, put a
permanent end to the logic of force to which Russia has tendency to give in to.
Then, definitely inhibit the use of force by giving Russia the decent and
necessary place that it must occupy in the construction of Europe. In addition,
we must not push Ukraine toward confrontation with Russia. But also for Russia,
do everything possible to ensure its historic reconciliation with our Polish
and Turkish allies. This is a very tough, but indispensible road.
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If things seem awkward today,
tomorrow we will see that the emotional relationship Russia has with its south
will find the humane solution that will perpetuate this symbiosis so
fundamental to the Russian soul that those genial Caucasians, from the sculptor
Tsereteli to the chess champion Garry Kasparov, keenly
await. It's not for nothing that Lermantov longed so much for the purplish peaks of the
Caucasus. His song is about our future - not just for the Russian - but for the
whole of Europe.
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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US August 20, 6:45pm]