“You cannot turn someone against their country—they have to want to believe whatever propaganda you tell them.” — Yuri Bezemenov, former Soviet KGB agent.
All of you demanding Britney Griner’s release were active in her imprisonment. What’s funny is, and also shows your ignorance of what we’re dealing with, is the idea that she is retrievable. We are funding and supplying Ukraine in their war for survival against Russia—Why would the Russian Communists let her go? I find demands “. . . for her immediate release!” hysterical. What are YOU going to do? Protest? Go on over to Russia and see how THEY treat protesters. Back in the eighties Ronald Reagan told you that the Russians at the center of the Soviet Bloc were an evil empire—did you miss that speech?
For as long as I have been alive, the growth of domestic anti-US sentiment has simmered. While I was being born in 1965, the country was arguing about a war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement was in full swing, women were becoming more politically vocal, and the scourge of hallucinogenic drugs was destroying minds. A beloved president had been assassinated and a man who took slings and arrows for his oppressed people was also assassinated. Then there were a host of other political/economic/cultural items being argued over and considered.
Hating American institutions became en vogue and tearing down norms of culture became a badge of honor. In the ultimate show of displeasure with their nation and using a bargaining tactic of overstating their bargaining position, many Americans began to seek or at least seem to seek alliance with America’s enemies. Usually, it involved sympathy with a communist, socialist, or Marxist nation. Among those were the adversarial Soviet Union and the then nascent China. Sometimes it would be friendly but inconsequential countries such as Denmark or more recently, Venezuela. These ideas were romanticized by those who were (and still are) angry with their home country.
As accusations of the American economy being manipulated for the “rich” went unrefuted, Capitalism and the United States became the scapegoat for people’s struggles. Socially, gains in racial, ethnic, religious, gender or sexual orientation were argued as either too far too fast or not far enough and too slow, and so a seeking out of something out there, somewhere, that may be better than here [America] drove large segments of the American population to look at competitor nations and even adversaries as possibly being the solution.
Especially those of you who look at communism/socialism/marxism fondly.
This trend was reflected in popular music, and in 1981 Prince penned a song on his “Controversy” album titled “Ronnie [Reagan] talk to Russia” (see track 2 left). This song begged that Ronald Reagan talk to and compromise with the Soviet Union. Many left leaning Americans of the day were of the mind that Ronald Reagan, Conservatives, and the so-called ‘military industrial complex’ was the source of nuclear war tensions. Every Republican president since has been painted as an evil warmonger, and whichever nation presented a leader who countered an American president, especially if Republican, had the sometimes-overt admiration of the segment of disgruntled Americans. Remember the invitation of Iran’s Ahmadinejad to speak at Colombia University? The black community harbors a secret love for Cuba and the now deceased Fidel Castro. More recently, the American leftist movement, Citgo, and Joseph P. Kennedy embraced Hugo Chavez. Do you remember the press almost laughing at our own President, George W. Bush, when a Muslim reporter threw a shoe at him?
General George S. Patton warned in 1944 Russia was going to be a problem. Russia and China supported North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, and then North Vietnam’s invasion of South Vietnam. But you hated your own country so much that you rationalized our growing enemy. Remember that bum Jane Fonda?
President Kennedy admitted after his summit with the Russian President that had been outplayed by Premier Nikita Kruschev after extending an olive branch of diplomacy.
“I never met a man like this,” Kennedy remarked to another reporter, Hugh Sidey of Time magazine. “[I] talked about how a nuclear exchange would kill 70 million people in 10 minutes, and he just looked at me as if to say, ‘So what?’”
Not more than six years ago Barack Obama sat with Vladimir Putin and said when he looked him in the eye “I saw a good man”.
Because all of their “America is oppressive” arguments don’t reconcile with the worldwide immigration to the United States they reached even further out to discover someplace better than America, hoping to point to some socialist nation and say, “See! They have it right! They’re just as good . . . America isn’t so great!
So, of course Brittney Griner travelled to communist Russia! You have told everyone you can that the real enemy is America/Republicans/Conservatives/the Police/the Military/Capitalism/The CIA/FBI/Banks/Corporations/Donald Trump! Never mind that the CIA has described the former Russian bear as now descended to a ‘crime-state’ under the leadership of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin.
Ignore everything that General Patton said about Russia, Reagan said about the Soviet Union, it was false, “Britney go on over, the Russians are not the enemy. All the weapons we made and billions we spent during the cold war to counter those Soviet maniacs was our fault, Britney go on over. Ignore the Cuban missile crisis Britney, that was America’s fault”.
“Ignore that two Russian GRU officers travelled to England to poison communist dissident Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium, having no regard for the obvious hazards to British citizens. The CIA, FBI, and our government is worse—so go play Britney! All of the proxy wars the Soviet Union supported against the US were okay and justified—GO ON OVER TO OUR ENEMY BRITNEY AND PLAY BASKETBALL!”
And not only did she go, but she arrogantly flaunted her ‘homosexuality’ in the faces of a nation and men who are clear that they are not tolerant of that lifestyle. The Russians aren’t going to be kind and gentle like the American justice system. Especially if you go there ‘ugly American’ fashion, “I’m a basketball player from America, I do what I want. These people love me, and they pay me”.
She and others of her political stripe arrogantly refused the national anthem of America; but now demand America must come save her…
Like many of you, she was either ignorant that Russia is our enemy, or hopeful she could leverage that against her own country.
RUSSIA IS THE ENEMY! WHAT PART OF THAT ARE YOU PEOPLE NOT GETTING?
You progressives helped put Britney Griner in jail. And now she probably sits in the Lubyanka, the prison where the communists lock up spies and execute enemies of the State. She’s there because of you, and your hidden love for socialism and no-so-hidden hatred for 50% of your country that politically disagrees with you.
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