posted on Aug, 14 2003 @ 11:48 AM
Russian communism failed miserably. Russia has the potential to become great, to become more powerful again. A socialist democracy? Sorry, but just
like communism, Socialism doesnt work in such a huge country. And as far as the former Republics go, several are trying to join the European Union.
there is hardly any love in those former republics for Russia, as well as Eastern Europe. The Eastern European countries are better off casting thier
luck with the EU.
However, Russia cannot be discounted. If they exploited thier own resources more, and cleaned up the widescale corruption in thier govornment, they
might actually have a shot at things.
Gore grinder, Russia fell because Regan outspent them, We didnt defeat them, no shots were fired. Gorbechev was actually a great leader over there,
far better, I think, than Bush, because ultimately, Gorbechev knew when to give up for the best interests of his own country. We have alot to thank
him for. The Russians werent evil, even though Communism was sick, and still is. They were the most worthy adversaries we have ever had, and we really
suffered more from thier collapse because we were left standing alone, no enemy to keep us on our toes, contained, and progressing. Compettion and
threat do force innovation, progress, and devlopment. Look at the space race.
But I doubt Russia will ever be reunited with the other ethnic republics of the former Union. The central asian republics are too islamic, The Baltics
still brim with hatred and have joined the EU, and the Ukraine and Moldavia: no love lost there. Maybe Belorussia......