A Cold War Christmas Carol
Updated: Dec 18, 2018
On Christmas day 1979, the mighty Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. At the same time, chief rival and fellow super-power the United States, was in the throes of what President Jimmy Carter referred to as a “malaise.”
Gas shortages, interest rates in the teens, the Iran hostage crisis, and a massive loss of confidence following the Vietnam-Watergate era had hobbled American power and influence.
As the Red Army poured over the borders of Afghanistan with impunity, it would have seemed that the title of most powerful nation on earth would have to go to the Soviet Union.
But in a twist of historical irony, only 12 years later to the day, December 25th 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev announced the dissolution of the USSR.
The once seemingly indestructible Soviet empire, like Jacob Marley’s ghost, was dead as a doornail.
A decade of American resurgence under Ronald Reagan, the inability to compete with the proposed U.S. missile shield SDI, also known as “star wars”, and being daily bled in Afghanistan all contributed to the stunning decline and fall of the Soviet Union.
But the USSR also met its end because of undeniable historical forces.
For the Soviet empire was a multi-ethnic, multi-racial-multi-lingual artificial state, held together by an authoritarian centralized government in Moscow.
When it came apart the Soviet Union broke into 16 separate nations. In the end, ideology did not hold the USSR together. Language, culture, history, heroes, is what truly cements a nation and people.
And so it may be, that the Soviet Union is the cold war ghost of Christmas past for America in 2017*.
The America of the 1980’s was certainly anti-Soviet in it both its politics and pop-culture.
As for politics, culminating in forty years of cold war policy was Ronald Reagan’s military buildup and famous moniker, dubbing the USSR an “evil empire.”
In the realm of pop culture came the movie Rocky IV, Hollywood’s attempt to make Soviet ideology into flesh in the form of Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Nicknamed “death from above,” Drago trains in a Soviet laboratory surrounded by scientists and injected with steroids, while Rocky the American underdog, trains in a barn with primitive equipment, pure in character and spirit. Of course in the end, Rocky wins the fictional fight held in Moscow on Christmas.
But it is a myth that our ideals alone carried the day in our cold war victory over the Soviet Union.
We won the cold war because we were united as a people, more united than we have been since that time. For ideas and democracy do not unite a people the way language, ancestry, history, and common culture do.
Thus it is a haunting realization to see that the America of 2017 shares little in common with her cold war Reagan era self, and in many ways mirrors our long dead enemy and rival, the Soviet Union.
Although we are not a totalitarian prison-state bent on overt world conquest, we too have become a multi-ethic, multi-racial, multi-lingual empire.
America is also, like our former Soviet counterparts, in a decade’s long war in Afghanistan with no end in sight.
And with the complete loss of our fourth amendment rights under the patriot act and unwarranted mass Surveillance by the NSA and others, America is also slipping further under the control of an authoritarian centralized government.
After the Berlin wall came down and communism fell, Soviet propagandist Georgi Arbatov issued an ominous warning to a victorious America, “We are going to do the worst thing we can do to you, we are going to take your enemy away.”
And so without a rival, America went abroad in search of monsters to destroy. First it was Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi military, obliterated in a matter of days in 1991.
The U.S. then intervened in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, bombed Serbia for 78 days, wresting away control of the Kosovo province.
American leaders at the same time were throwing open the flood gates to immigration from the third world. With over a million new arrivals a year legally, and millions more crossing illegally along an unguarded southern border. Our politicians created a human migration of epic historical magnitude, with consequences not yet fully realized.
U.S. boots on the ground in Saudi Arabia for a decade after the gulf war ended gave the global Jihadists a golden recruitment tool. On September 11th 2001, 19 Arab men, in accordance with their death cult ideology, dutifully carried out mass murder on U.S. soil.
The response from our inept globalist leaders was unwise and predictable.
Nearly seven trillion dollars would be sunk into no-win wars of choice in the Middle East, wars that would yield no strategic advantage to the United States whatsoever.
The Bush-era mission of democratizing mankind and mass immigration can be summed up as a policy of invade the world-invite the world, the alpha and omega of empire.
So it was in 2016 that the forgotten men and women of America, patriots, lovers of the old republic, the “deplorables” lost and without a leader, like Kevin McCallister in the Christmas film Home Alone 2, we also asked Donald Trump to point us in the right direction.
Our Christmas at present holds the promise of a return to the policies that once made America prosperous and free. President Trump has just signed historic tax reform, and continues to roll back the globalist agenda of the past three decades, an agenda that has all but destroyed our beloved republic.
If visited by the ghost of Christmas future, perhaps like Scrooge, America would be taken to the graveyard of empires, and as the boney finger of that deathly spirit points to the words etched into the headstone, it would reveal our own name.
This need not be our fate.
Let us throw off the globalist chains forged in the years following the cold war and restore the republic.
When the sun comes up this December 25th 2017 we should rejoice for there is still time.
And in the words of Tiny Tim “A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!”
*This article was written in December 2017 and was never published. We decided to post it as Tonys Christmas article for 2018. A year later and the content is still relevant.