Russia Shouldn't Be Our Enemy

by Will

Liberty Minute August 11 2014

Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia was the largest component of a regime committed to a global ideological crusade. By that time the USSR was economically bankrupt, and in many ways a ruined society.

During most of the 1990s, Russia attempted to reconstruct its civil society. Politically connected oligarchs fought among themselves, the secret police abetted the growth of organized crime, and Moscow fought two bloody wars against Islamic separatists in Chechnya. But there was no evidence that the Russian government continued to pursue the Soviet vision of global revolution. Instead, we saw a large and wounded country struggling to regain a sense of normalcy following seven decades of ideologically driven mass murder and unremitting tyranny.

Vladimir Putin is a product of the Soviet and Russian security apparatus, which means that he is neither moral nor trustworthy. There is just as little evidence that he seeks global domination, however. In the current Ukrainian crisis, Putin has been restrained ? remember, this is a country on Russia?s doorstep with a large ethnic Russian population. Rather than imposing sanctions on Russia and goading it into an avoidable conflict, the U.S. should offer to act as a neutral mediator ? and otherwise mind our own business.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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