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Do you understand this stupidity? -- this central fact of our time?
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The GRU defector Vladimir Rezun was asked by a journalist of my acquaintance: "Were the changes in Eastern Europe genuine?" He laughed and said they were OBVIOUSLY not genuine. Then he was asked whether the British security services knew this. He said they did not. "Why don't they?" Because, he said, they "are stupid."
 
Do you understand this stupidity? -- this central fact of our time?
 
You see, everything depends on understanding what we're dealing with. If you understand that a strategy is being played out, and if you understand that the structures for playing this out were built during a period of two decades, then you will begin to understand the "formation" and the "change of formation" (perestroika) that we're dealing with.

You will also understand that this is a very technical thing that non-strategists and Westerners cannot wrap their minds around. We in the West have our preconceptions and our fixed ideas. We have a different experience of life and politics.

Our political system cannot function in this way, so we cannot imagine that any other system can function in this way. There is a communication barrier in all this.