Dissolving Evil Empire:
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR, was actually just a euphemism for “Russia” in a delusional attempt at self-justification because, to my knowledge, not one of the countries making up this so-called “Union” joined willingly. Enormous threats, purges, incarcerations, torture, deportations, & genocides were employed to bring everyone into this bogus “Union.”
It was a greedy, grasping, bloodthirsty continuation of czarist Russia expanding its borders at the expense of its neighbors, just as Russia had done during its several centuries of regional terror & as it has been doing in the Black Sea region since the 1990s.
It was NOT socialism — it was a bloody, tyrannical oligarchy using barbaric repression of human rights by an unelected elite. It was, for all practical purposes, slavery & severe repression which eased only slightly in the mid-1950s when Stalin finally kicked off & Khrushchev took over. Mr. K. appeared gentle in contrast to what had transpired under the butcher Stalin. The system then switched to incarcerating in psychiatric hospitals as well as putting down internal uprisings in East Germany, Budapest, Prague, Lithuania, & everywhere else they occurred right up until the system found itself nonfunctional & dissolved in 1991.
The lofty ideals of an egalitarian socialism failed because the leaders were corrupt greedy psychopaths not interested in equality but in amassing personal godlike glory, power, & wealth. It was no different from western capitalism with the Kremlin ghouls taking the place of the parasitic corporate thugs in the West with just a different tiny elite skimming off the cream while leaving the masses struggling to survive.
WW 2 was a defensive war of The Soviets against Fascism until the Nazi surrender, but became a war of occupation when they did not return to their previous borders. The Soviet “Union” never was — it was the Soviet Empire. Much of that has been dissolved, but the Russian Empire still exists, not just in the minds of Putin & his vulture cronies, but in the reality of Chechnya & the other cultures the Russians overran & absorbed in previous times, scores of them far away enough from Moscow to ever be controlled if they all rose up at once & made their exits now, at this low…