Originally Posted by nasdarq
Already in 1880s Nietzsche predicted that a terrible (or beautiful ...) will to power was coming from Russia. Little did he suspect that a few decades later an uneducated army of the biggest thiefs and degenerates would create some of the most powerful and longest lasting regimes history has known. Since then, this country has been the paragon of vigorous and complete elimination of everything that was noble
about itself or its society.
On the other hand, would the modern/western
art (Kandinsky), music (Stravinsky), literature (Bulgakov) and philosophical thought (Dostoyevsky) have existed - in the way we know it today - without the inspiring sufferings of this most dark, detsructive and tallented of nations; the sufferings that culminated (but neither started nor ended ...) with the slave insurrection on 25 October 1917.
I thereby pay my respect - in the way Nietzsche would have paid it, no doubt - to this mysterious country and its people.
Demonizing the Russian people was a critical element of NeoCon propaganda to depict America and Good and the USSR as Evil. While conservative Nixon and Kissinger attempted to make peace with the USSR through a policy of "detente," the NeoCons (including Chaney, Wolfowitz, and Rumsfeld) worked to create a fantasy that the crumbling USSR was actually leading every terrorist group on earth and therefore an Evil that needed to be rallied against and feuded with.
CIA knew this to be absurd (essentially fantasy lifted from James Bond or Get Smart's CONTROL), but NeoCons took over the CIA and began using it to further their Good and Evil fantasy to inflame the US against the Russian people. The NeoCons took this so far that they ended up arming radicle terrorists fighting the USSR in Afghanistan, including the similarly nutty "Good vs Evil" Osama bin Laden, who saw Islam as Good and everyone else as Evil.
The NeoCons made Reagan a hero for railing against the "Evil USSR," and eventually "conquering" it, despite the fact that the US had already been in progressive talks with the USSR in the mid 70s and there was little basis for war left. When the USSR fell--which had nothing to do with Regan's acting and everything to do with the failure of Communism itself--NeoCons took credit for saving the world from Evil. But then they needed a new Evil.
After eight years of the longest peacetime expansion in US history under Clinton, the NeoCons got Bush W into the White House and immediately prepared for war with Iraq, another crumbling nation that posed zero threat to the US, and only minor irritation to US oil interests.
Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden, trained by the NeoCon CIA in terrorism, attacks the US as his own "Evil," and the NeoCons turn it around and associate the attack with Iraq, an Evil they think they can defeat. However, rather than pursuing a Cold War with an actor president against an isolated caricature of Evil, the NeoCons started a hot war with Iraq, disposed its feeble dictator, but then dismissed the country's police and just scrambled to grab its oil. This turned Iraq into a real evil of chaos that resulted in far more dangerous warlords and fundamentalist clerics taking over portions of Iraq, people who had formerly been held in check by Iraq's dictator.
Well over 3,000 Americans were killed by this NeoCon war, more than bin Laden killed in 9/11. The NeoCons are really responsible for both, as well as the hundreds of thousands of "non-white" victims of war in Iraq itself. And now Iraq is breeding terrorists who hate the US, just like the NeoCon-CIA's involvement in Afghanistan did in its attempts to fight against the Evil USSR.
So no, the Russian people are not Evil, nor a stupid slave class, any more than Australia is a modern nation of criminals or the US is a modern nation of witch hunting religious extremists. Well at least two out of three. Expect Russia to eat up the iPhone just like Australia is devouring the Mac. And lets have more talk and less war.