Сергій Кабуд ( Кий ) (xyu) wrote,
Сергій Кабуд ( Кий )

Addressing the Peoples of the Communist Bloc

It is not the communist leaders or the dissidents (brain children of the KGB) on whom the West should pin its hopes for genuine changes in the communist empire.

It is the people—Russians, Chinese, and the Eastern European nationals—who, despite Western errors and miscalculations, are still potential allies. It is to the peoples of the communist bloc that Western foreign policy should be addressing itself.

They should be distinguished from their rulers and from the false opposition their rulers have invented.

They expect to be addressed as equals and allies.

They want to be told the truth in plain, unvarnished terms about both communist and Western policies, successes, and failures.

They will respect a true picture, blemishes included, of the guiding moral, political, and economic principles of the West.

They will listen to exposes of their own country's policies and malpractices, provided they are factual and dispassionate, but they will expect to be told, equally plainly, the implications of what the West is doing to combat them.

If over a period of years the peoples of the communist bloc could be kept informed, objectively and scrupulously fairly, of what is taking place in the world around them, one day
they might find ways to turn their thoughts into actions.
Golitsyn is the most profound and knowledgeable strategist EVER.
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