Last week we published the first part of this article. We feel it is very important to dispel myths, correct wrongs and attempt to at least present the past with some integrity.
The one sided “Soviet Union was evil” narrative has corrupted far too many minds and has denied an equally greater number to ever actually know or even begin to understand the Russian people.
But how does one achieve this? How do you reverse decades of poisoning the mind? Well, we do not know but it surely must begin with presenting the truth.
We are grateful to Rufus for undertaking this excellent piece of work!
Observations on the Progressive Nature of the Soviet Union and its Inheritance by the Russian Federation (Continued)
The Soviet Union & the Cold War in Latin America
If we turn our attention to Washington’s oldest sphere of influence, the Americas, the results are equally stark. While the Monroe Doctrine might have been a progressive step when first articulated, peoples from Mexico in North America through El Salvador and Honduras in Central America to Chile in South America have all suffered in more recent times.
The origins of the doctrine lie in the post-Napoleonic period. Under the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Spanish colonies had fought and won their independence. Spain desired these possessions back. The British, anxious to extend their long-standing economic exploitation of these regions (they had held the asiento, the monopoly on providing slaves to Spanish colonies, for several decades in the early 1700’s), approached Washington with a suggestion to of a joint declaration guaranteeing these states their independence. At that time the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and its rebellious colony had not yet emerged. The Revolution and the War of 1812 had produced substantial dislike of the British, and so President Monroe in 1823 expanded the idea to a individual proclamation that Washington would tolerate no outside interference in the Western Hemisphere.
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