“Both Russia and America have legitimate reasons for discontinuing the Cold War and for rejecting postmodern political ideology—as well as for making deals that do not compromise either nation’s integrity.” Fay Voshell
“Russia’s president proclaimed, ‘The Cold War is a thing of the past.’” Ibid
Fay Voshell, American Thinker, July 22, 2018
Leftists had to have been astonished to hear President Putin’s opening remarks at the Trump-Putin summit. Russia’s president proclaimed, “The Cold War is a thing of the past[.] … The era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of the remote past – it’s a vestige of the past.”
No wonder the American and European left are screaming over the triple reference to the past. No wonder also that old Cold Warriors like John McCain are apoplectic. That is because Putin’s words and the Trump-Putin summit possibly signaled the beginning of the end of the left-leaning ideological hegemony that has influenced American international policies for many years.
The fact is that Putin expressed hopes for rapprochement with the West after the fracturing of the Soviet Union, assuming that once the communist party was almost obliterated and a new religious-political paradigm began to take hold in Russia, the West and Russia might have more in common. What Putin had not counted on, perhaps, was the rapid ascendancy of leftist ideology in powerful circles of academia, government, and even churches.
But there was a moment in which a new relationship between the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers might have seemed possible. In fact, according to Peter Conradi, author of Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War, there were some expectations that after the fall of the Soviet Union, a new “entente cordiale” might be established between Moscow and the Western nations the old Soviet Union had tried to destroy. Continue reading