Cracks in the Kremlin Wall

Cracks in the Kremlin Wall

Cracks in the Kremlin Wall

Cracks in the Kremlin Wall

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THE FIRST THING to do in any conflict is to define the enemy. Only then can we decide what the conflict is about; and until we know what we are fighting, and why, we shall not get very far. The conflict we are all engaged in now has been in progress for some years. It has passed from what we call the Cold War to military operations in Korea. And even now, at this advanced stage of belligerence, we still have not defined the enemy, which is another way of saying that we still have no clear idea of what we are fighting, and why. This means not only that we are unable to appreciate the strength and weakness of the other side, not only that we do not know who are our allies in the struggle, but also that we cannot fight effectively. To conceal this fantastic state of affairs we make up for lack of definitions by using labels. Sometimes we call the enemy Russia, sometimes Stalinism, more often communism. Most of us use these labels to mean different things.

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