Courtesy of WaPo:
It has been said that Russia is a country with an unpredictable past, as every new government tries to rewrite the historical narrative for its political advantage. In this, President Vladimir Putin’s regime has been particularly active, launching a wholesale rehabilitation of the Soviet period early on. (One of Putin’s first acts in office was restoring the Stalin-era national anthem.)
Last month, Russian lawmakers took another big step in the same direction by approving a draft resolution that seeks to justify the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. The formal vote on the measure — proposed jointly by lawmakers from the United Russia and Communist parties — will be held before the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops on Feb. 15. Hailing the decision, Communist lawmaker Nikolai Kharitonov called it a victory for “historical truth.”
The real historical truth — without quotation marks — was made public with the partial declassification of Soviet archives after 1991. The decision to invade Afghanistan was taken by the Politburo in December 1979; the measure was euphemistically titled “On the situation in ‘A.’ ” The first contingent of the USSR’s 40th Army crossed the Amu Darya River into Afghanistan on Dec. 25. Two days later, the Afghan dictator Hafizullah Amin – whose request for assistance served as the pretext for the invasion — was murdered by Soviet special forces in Tajbeg Palace.
The war lasted for nearly a decade. Among its consequences were 1 million civilian casualties; the rise of Islamist fundamentalist groups (backed by the West as a counterweight to the Soviets); and the collapse of the Soviet economy, which precipitated the end of the Soviet Union, which is now so lamented by both Putin and the Communists. The estimated cost in human lives for the Soviet armed forces was 15,000 dead and 54,000 injured.
The Russian government was so ashamed of this war that they never publicly discussed the number of deaths, did not allow it to be taught in schools, and the families of the fallen were not allowed to put the date that their beloved died so as not to commemorate the conflict.
Dissidents were arrested or exiled for walking about the war, and the Kremlin seemed determined to erase all traces of it from the memories of the Russian people.
Until now that is.
Now they want to reshape the narrative and present the war as a great patriotic undertaking which was launched to fight terrorism.
Now at this point, you might be thinking, who gives a shit what lies the Kremlin tries to pass off as facts to their own people?
I agree, why would we care?
Well, we might care if our own president was also involved in spreading that lie on behalf of the Russian government.
Courtesy of CNN:
During his freewheeling, 90-minute cabinet meeting Wednesday, President Donald Trump briefly argued that the Soviet Union “was right” to invade Afghanistan in 1979 because “terrorists were going into Russia,” a head-scratching aside that was widely criticized as historically inaccurate.
“Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia. So you take a look at other countries. Pakistan is there. They should be fighting,” Trump said.
“But Russia should be fighting. The reason Russia was in, in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is it was a tough fight. And literally they went bankrupt. They went into being called Russia again as opposed to the Soviet Union,” he added.
What the shit?
Why would Trump say this? Especially since every reporter in that room KNEW he was wrong about the facts?
Well, gee that’s a good question.
Could this be yet another example of collusion?
Why yes I think it is.
Hell Robert Mueller is not going to have to do much investigating to find evidence of collusion, all he has to do is monitor Trump’s Twitter account and watch him on TV.