It was May 9, 1945  when the Germans surrendered officially to the Soviet Union. Since that day, it has been celebrated as Victory Day with a parade and the requisite mouthing of approved political phrases.

Since 1963, my entire life, those same Soviets have been the enemy. The idea that communism had to be defeated filled my every living moment.

6R3gNxajGrIX4ZBWj1SYfwfLCaPbCahz_QFTacWEnfYOnce upon a time I set out on a journey to understand the Russians, and then by chance, I ended up related to one. That chance was infinitesimally small. First it required that two people survive the Great Patriotic War in which Russia lost 20,000,000 people. But when you get to know the Russian people, it does effect how you understand their understanding of things in the world.

World Socialism or Communism still is an evil totalitarian system, but that doesn’t mean that every person who lives in Russia is a dyed in the wool communist. It means that there are weak points in the system that can be pushed upon.

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on May 9, 2016, in History, Soviet Union, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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