Thursday, June 10, 2004
Some dozen years later, when visiting the United States, Mr. Gorbachev was asked how it happened. How he came into office ruling the communist Soviet Union, and left office with no Soviet Union and no communism. What was the turning point? Without hesitation, he answered: "Oh, it's Reykjavik."And Mark Steyn's reminder of how Gorby got his job in the first place:
In fact, it was Reagan who was responsible for Gorbachev. The Politburo would have gone on rotating the same old 1950s waxworks - Brezhnev, Chernenko, Andropov - for another decade or three, had not Washington's military build-up so exposed the old guard's inability to keep up that, in 1985, it turned in desperation to someone new.As the saying goes: RTWT.
(And what the hell are you doing reading the Globe and Mail in the first place? I didn't: Google News picked up the article for me.)UPDATE (JUN 10, 6:45 PM): an excellent rebuttal of the Martin column by Nathan at The Argus. It goes into much more depth on the details of exactly what sort of a man Gorbachev was and how misplaced is the credit that some are giving him. Read it! Now!
I posted a big-ass reaction over at my personal blog (www.registan.net). The utter lack of knowledge of late Soviet history by people who lived through it drives me nuts.