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Програмне. The Blind Kittens by J. R. Nyquist
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Published: 07.25.2008

A blind kitten is a helpless creature. It cannot even run away. A blind kitten, therefore, is the perfect victim; easy to grab hold of, easy to kill. In terms of political metaphor, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin described his own henchmen as “blind kittens.”

In the pursuit of absolute power he demanded absolute, blind obedience and harmlessness from his underlings. He didn’t feel safe letting them have too much power. So he exterminated and terrorized them as a matter of policy. It was only during his last days that he underestimated them.

In 1952 even blind kittens could see that the Americans had elected General Eisenhower as president. This was the same Eisenhower who subtly threatened to use nuclear weapons against the Communist Bloc unless they made peace in Korea.

After all, why should the United States fight an endless Asian ground war against the Communists when America possessed nuclear superiority? With an endless supply of Chinese manpower the Communist side could keep the war going indefinitely.

This was not acceptable. Regarding this matter, historian John Lewis Gaddis noted, “if the nation had to continue conventional force expenditures on the scale the Korean conflict had required, Eisenhower told the National Security Council, there would be reason to wonder, ‘whether national bankruptcy or national destruction would get us first.’” Therefore, NSC 162/2 stated: “In the event of hostilities, the United States will consider nuclear weapons to be as available for use as other munitions.”

Adding to this, Eisenhower said that “atomic weapons have virtually achieved conventional status within our armed services.” By early February 1953 Eisenhower told his National Security Council to consider using tactical nuclear weapons in Korea. Eisenhower was a scary “imperialist” enemy for Moscow.

He was not someone to take lightly. Danger of atomic war, Eisenhower later said, forced the Communist Bloc to accept the armistice of July 1953.

As it happened, the danger of atomic war sparked more than an armistice. It sparked a leadership crisis within the Kremlin itself. Without knowing what he had done, Eisenhower unleashed the blind kittens. By threatening atomic war, Eisenhower had turned them against Josef Stalin.
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As KGB defector Golitsyn wrote, in a March 1989 memorandum: “The Soviet strategists are counting on an economic depression in the United States….”

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