Cold war

Now that we know we will be ruled over by crank dictator Dominic 'spent several years in Russia but of course not in the pay of the Russians at all' Cummings and his idiot sidekick Boris 'not in the pay of the Russians even a tiny bit' Johnson for the foreseeable future, both of them owing allegiance to the yellow clown emperor Donald 'very definitely in the pay of the Russians' Trump, it's time for some long-overdue correction to a confusing episode in history: when did the cold war end and who won?

The usual story is that the cold war ended in 1991, and the west (for which read 'the US') won. Both of these things are wrong: people who believe them completely fail to understand how Russia fights wars.

How did Russia beat Napoleon? They retreated further than he thought possible, accepted losses greater than he thought possible, and then they won.

How did Russia beat Hitler? They retreated further than he thought possible, accepted losses greater than he thought possible, and then they won.

How is Russia winning the cold war? They retreated further than we thought possible, accepted losses greater than we thought possible, and now they are winning.

The cold war is not yet over, but the west is not winning it.


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