Thursday, March 10, 2022

Back in the U.S.S.R.


The White Album (1968)

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” reads Newton’s Third Law. In the sphere of realpolitik that's not always the case. Hope springs eternal. Does love triumph as a result of hate? Is there a silver lining for instance to genocide? History proves otherwise. Genocides often breed further forms of repression and destruction as revenge is meted out. Putin didn’t spring out of a vacuum and Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch wouldn’t have existed without the Versailles Treaty. Has the current Ukraine crisis resulted in the first signs of bipartisanship in Congress? Will the brutality of the war actually expedite Ukraine’s admission into NATO?  The Ukraine has, in any case, applied for admission to the E.U. But how will Europe be reconfigured in the wake of Putin’s failed attempt at recreating the U.S.S.R? Unless there’s nuclear Armageddon there’s no chance NATO will ever allow him to annex for instance Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia or Poland—all formerly members of the old Eastern bloc of Soviet countries. Remember The Beatles' “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and the controversy it generated?

Read "The Russian Ambassador" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Back in the U.S.S.R." by The Beatles

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