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Recent News Reports Indicate:
Major-General Richard Rohmer, The Toronto Sun, July 11, 1989
Read these reports, also see 'A Hungry Moscow Demands Food Tribute from America', 'Secret Soviet War in Afghanistan', 'The Expanding US/Soviet Military Gap', and 'Romanians Starve' originally published in various newspapers and magazines and wire services in the past 4 months. A careful reading of them makes it clear to reflecting persons that a terrible war with Russia may break out very soon. Frankly, if that happens we are vastly out-gunned and out-maneuvered. Only Our Lady of Fatima can help us now. We must beg the Holy Father to Consecrate Russia now, before it is too late. All articles reprinted with presumed permission.
The Western world is passively edging toward the most dangerous period since World War II in its relationship with the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies.
Most dangerous relates to the potential for war — and with the Soviet Union as the aggressor.
War with the Soviet Union? Impossible you say. Particularly with that cherubic dove Mikhail Gorbachev in power in the Kremlin.
Here's a man dedicated to peace, to the reduction of his armed forces — and that of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Here's a man revolutionizing his country with glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring).
On the Gorbachev face of the situation it's perfectly reasonable to believe that because of his presence, words and actions, the threat of conflict with the Soviet Union is diminishing.
But there's something going on in the Soviet Union that strategic thinkers in the Western world are increasingly worried about.
When you read the lips of Gorbachev you can understand why the worry.
A few days ago Gorbachev took the usual step of getting on national TV (that spans six time zones in the Soviet Union) to warn his people that the Soviet Union is heading for national tragedy if ethnic riots and nationalism continue to spread.
What motivated Gorbachev's speech — a plea to the "hearts and minds" of the people — is the Soviet leader's concern for the effects of the racial violence in central Asia and the Caucasus between Georgians and Azerbaijanis.
Gangs of Georgians equipped with rifles, gasoline bombs and other weaponry recently attacked Azerbaijanis in three towns south of the capital city of Tblisi with much bloodshed resulting.
It is reported that at least 200 people had been killed in the past eight weeks during fighting between different racial groups in central Asia and Kazakhstan.
Add to this the growing overt nationalism in the Baltic states and you have the elements that could tear apart the multi-racial and multi-languaged Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.
For Gorbachev the threat of that tearing apart is clearly real.
In his "no pulling of punches" speech, he laid it right on the line: "We will not hesitate to take, in accordance with the law ... the most decisive measures against those provoking inter-ethnic clashes and urging the redrawing of borders and the ousting of national minorities."
Then look at the strong words Gorbachev used in laying it on the line even further. "People of all nationalities (in the 15 Soviet republics) must realize irresponsible slogans and the efforts of some ethnic groups to supercede others will lead the common tragedy. Present and future generations will curse both those who push the nation on this course and those who failed ... to prevent this madness."
"Madness" is not a word that would come lightly to the lips of Gorbachev or any other world leader describing events within his own nation.
But use it he did and underscored that statement saying, "I have said this before, but I will repeat it: This is playing with fire."
The one statement that Gorbachev made that is bound to trigger deep concern among the Western world's "strategic thinkers" is this: "The fate of perestroika and the unity of our state is at stake."
There is no doubt about it, the unity of the 15 republics in the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics is indeed at stake and at risk.
To preserve unity what is Gorbachev to do if he cannot reach the "hearts and minds" of the people or if he cannot force them into unity by compulsion through the use of the military and/or the KGB?
If he cannot unify the nation by those means, then he and his Politburo (or his successor in the Politburo) will be driven toward the historic solution that is guaranteed to unify.
The solution is this: find or create an enemy who is overtly impinging on the sovereignty of the Russian Motherland.
In the face of such overt impingement, which can be redressed only by the gathering together of all the forces of the Soviet Union to repel the perceived enemy, the people will come together as one, unified to make war.
It matters not that the incident around which the enemy is created is contrived or manufactured.
For example, look to one Adolf Hitler who welded the German people together — and Austria — in the 1930s in a unity based on, among other things, the actions of a perceived enemy and the need for liebensraum living room for the expanding of a newly unified German people.
It was a contrived border incident developed by the cunning mind of Hitler that gave him the "justification" to attack Poland with a military force that represented a totally unified Germany.
War with the Soviet Union? An attack against Western Europe by Soviet forces representing a totally unified USSR?
Impossible you say.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in a speech to the Politburo, November 1987 — as reported by Sir William Stephenson, head of the Combined Allied Intelligence Operations during WWII (i.e., the man called "Intrepid").
"Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and to let them fall asleep. We want to accomplish three things: One, we want the Americans to withdraw conventional forces from Europe. Two, we want them to withdraw nuclear forces from Europe. Three, we want the Americans to stop proceeding with Strategic Defense Initiative."
- Aviation Week and Space Technology 10/2, page 24
The USSR is deploying a greatly improved version of its largest ICBM (SS-18) and a silo-based derivative of its rail-mobile ICBM (SS-25), says the Department of Defense's current assessment of recently published Soviet Military Power analysis forecasts a fully modernized fleet of Soviet air defense aircraft by the end of the 1990s.