There’s a lot to digest here. I don’t agree with all of it but it’s necessary reading, if only to balance out way the contributions of the Soviet Union towards defeating the Nazis have been erased in the western historical imagination.
The Soviet Union and the Red Army, no matter what anyone is trying to prove today, made the main and crucial contribution to the defeat of Nazism. These were heroes who fought to the end surrounded by the enemy at Bialystok and Mogilev, Uman and Kiev, Vyazma and Kharkov. They launched attacks near Moscow and Stalingrad, Sevastopol and Odessa, Kursk and Smolensk. They liberated Warsaw, Belgrade, Vienna and Prague. They stormed Koenigsberg and Berlin.
Needless to say many liberals (if people putting John Bolton up on a pedestal can even be called liberals anymore) are melting down in outrage at the fact that the National Interest published an article by the man they consider to be the cause of all evil in the United States. The funny thing about The National Interest is that it’s hardly a leftist publication. Just the opposite, it has Henry Kissinger, Brent Snowcroft and Gary Hart on its masthead. Could this be a sign that the American elites are getting sick of the Russia bashing hysteria promoted by the Clinton Crime Family?
In any event, Putin calls for more cooperation between Russia, China and the West. I heartily agree.
There can be no doubt that the summit of Russia, China, France, the United States, and the UK can play an important role in finding common answers to modern challenges and threats, and will demonstrate a common commitment to the spirit of alliance, to those high humanist ideals and values for which our fathers and grandfathers were fighting shoulder to shoulder.
Drawing on a shared historical memory, we can trust each other and must do so. That will serve as a solid basis for successful negotiations and concerted action for the sake of enhancing the stability and security on the planet and for the sake of prosperity and well-being of all States. Without exaggeration, it is our common duty and responsibility towards the entire world, towards the present and future generations.