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USSR & USA
04 September, 2015
The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat saddened and out of business

USSR – what was it after all? Scores of knowledgeable scholars will have to squeeze volumes out of their pens and brains to answer this epochal question. Time has attached a myriad different epithets to the country of Soviets: evil empire, peoples’ prison, socialist monster, Soviet giant, bastion of communism, and what not. The regular encyclopedic evaluations
of USSR – the initialism is universally familiar – are pathologically one-sided and vicious. It lasted only about seventy years but has probably affected the mankind’s life more than any other geopolitical formation in history. It is gone today but its specter has not yet disappeared completely. The Soviet-type men and wo­men are still ar­ound and active, and the soviet-style bureaucracy is still at desk. USA is just as difficult to fathom but it is more understandable to the world than USSR. Incidentally, some politically minded people think that the creation of USSR and USA are comparable phenomena – both are manmade, with a clear difference though – the former has perished and the latter is still around. Both have founding fathers, although the former’s inventors have been defiled and the latter’s founders are still venerated. Both have achieved the position of superpowers, but the former has failed and the latter is still fumbling on to maintain the title.

Russia, the legal inheritor of USSR, has firmly decided to give back to the United States the once lost opponent, being aware that otherwise America might continue the vain saber rattling around the globe. Bravo Russia! Let us get back America to the arena for a new session of muscle-flexing – otherwise, life is becoming too dull.

Some are inclined to say that the world was safer and geopolitically more logical when held in balance between the two peers, although very different geotv.geand equally detesting each other. The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat saddened and out of business, which gives enough reason to the lonely superpower to find other playgrounds for using its toys of fabulous sophistication. Russia, the legal inheritor of USSR has firmly decided to give back to the United States the once lost opponent, being aware that otherwise America might continue the vain saber rattling around the globe. Bravo Russia! Let us get America back to the arena for a new session of muscle-flexing – otherwise, life is becoming too dull. But for how long can Russia be playing the role? The USSR specter continues debilitating today’s pseudo-free, pseudo-democratic and pseudo-capitalistic Russia. It was mostly the mismanaged economy that had triggered the Soviet breakup, and it is very hard to be the inheritor of the Soviet crap, but Russia is earnestly sweating to scramble out of the crisis left behind by the cumbersome and irrelevant USSR. Many people’s minds are boggled at the thought that USSR could not make it and left USA without an opponent in the global endeavor to manage the world together. They could have done the job hand-in-hand, but Russia turned out to be unable to continue pulling her part of the rope – too much detritus of the broken USSR fell on its head. Whether most of the world wants to recognize it or not, in that notorious USSR, which constituted one side of the balance of power, having USA on the other end, there were a few things that needed appreciation – free and quality education, social security, paid-by-the-government medical service, cheapest possible transportation, almost no taxes and low-fee residence.

Well, the Soviet regime was not a piece of cake to endure in terms of human rights and freedoms, but at the same time, sense of secured social care and guaranteed survival was definitely in place. This is why people who are now facing the capitalistic dangers of unexpected changes of life often feel nostalgic about USSR – the cruel, scary and iron-curtained country, spread over one-sixth of the globe which also gave its scared and bashful inhabitants the surest sense of pride for being the citizens of the world’s biggest country – the opponent and counter-balance of the great United States of America. The American call for tearing down the Berlin wall had a stentorian echo throughout the world, which had sounded as a harbinger of the Soviet fall – USSR was leaving the international scene, giving USA a chance for jubilation. Would it not have been better for the entire world if USSR and USA had managed to eschew the loud crash and had promoted the gradual change of the Soviet Union which had a chance to use all its endless resources to the best advantage of all the peoples, comprising USSR, avoiding the post-Soviet ruin and bloodshed? Don’t we have the Chinese example as a model of this in front of us? How come China could do it and USSR could not? What if we say that USA could have done a little better job on its opponent? There is no certainty in absolute fairness of this statement, but many would probably agree that USA could have cushioned the hard and distressing process of the Soviet deconstruction. Well, this may not be utterly true but there is enough reason for this kind of presumption.

Let us now forget what is not possible to reverse. Could Russia and America – at least now – be more cooperative in making the world a safer place to live? Their mutual experience has it that coldblooded animosity does not pay. Yes, USSR was a country which possibly deserved to have been demolished, but USA was not an angel in Soviet-American perfidious dealings, either. Will they ever give way to fruitful partnership to the benefit of the entire mankind rather than to confrontation to the detriment of their own selves?

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