Is It Just Paranoia?

I apologize it seems that I am beating you about the brain with historical perspectives today….but it is a new year so why not learn something, right?

With all the stuff about Russia coming to the forefront…the hacking…the military build-up….the political rhetoric…..is there reason for them to be paranoid?

Keep in mind this is a historic perspective and not some endorsement of anything….just a short history lesson is all.

Russia has had two major invasion in history…..the first was Napoleon in 1812 and then in 1941 by Germany and each time the invaders came in through Poland and Central Europe….so at the end of WW2 Russia kept the invasion route under their control so it could not ever happen again.

Then the US…..Russia worried about the US and its new weapon, the A-bomb…..they, the US, had used it twice and would they use it again?  Yes they were worried about a possible invasion by the US.  Now you ask why would the US consider such a thing?

But first a little background…..I recently watched a History Channel program that was entitled “America’s First War on Communism”….it was a look at the Korean War.

Being a history nut I quickly sent an email to the Channel and then wrote a piece here on IST….I worked to dispel a misconception…that was not the first War on Communism…..

Source: America’s First War On Communism – In Saner Thought

That is correct the US sent troops into Russia in 1919 in support of the Whites, the loyalist that were fighting the Communists in the Civil War that ensued after the revolution…..but for more info read on……

It was a war few Americans knew about then or now. Orchestrated behind closed doors, inspired by panic, and plagued by futility, America’s military intervention in Siberia during the First World War continued long after the Armistice sent the doughboys in France home.President Woodrow Wilson considered the order to send American troops to Siberia, a region besieged by civil war, lawlessness, and murder, one of the most difficult decisions of his presidency. Despite Russia’s separate peace treaty with Germany ending the war on the Eastern Front early in 1918, Wilson hesitated to get involved in Russia’s civil war even at the Allies insistence. By Summer 1918 things changed. The mounting Japanese occupation of Siberia threatened American business interests in the East. Piles of Allied military goods amassing to over 600,000 tons of war materials laid vulnerable around the crowded city.[1] The plight of the stranded Czech Legion vulnerable to the merciless Red Army gave Wilson a much needed moral foundation for intervention. Intervention, Wilson realized, could be used later to pressure the Allies into adopting his ideas for a League of Nations.

Source: AEF Siberia

NATO is building up on Russia’s western border…I would say ….There is good reason for Russia to have these feelings of paranoia….as they say….old habits die hard..

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7 thoughts on “Is It Just Paranoia?

  1. An excellent write. Few people today know about that post-WWI deadly Russian civil war and US failed intervention. But wasn’t Russia successfully invaded and Moscow taken by Genghis Khan around 1200 AD?

  2. Just as a matter of minor interest, with the state of modern technology, with satellite navigation, air support, and the general refinement of all weaponry by computer control, the seasons are no longer such a tactical advantage for the home team… Just sayin’… any modern tactician won’t worry overmuch about winter conditions, if the end result desired is merely destruction & occupation….

    Second, I would say any nation has justifiable paranoia, for they’re all composed of humans, and, with humans, one, or more of them are ALWAYS out to get somebody else… so paranoia is a natural defense strategy for any nation… I can’t think of many who have never been attacked…

    There’s an old human proverb, which says, “It isn’t paranoia if they’re really out to get you….”

    😉

    gigoid, the dubious

      1. Who’s more paranoid than bankers? “If you wish a life of trouble, fill your house with treasures.” That has made sense to me since I first heard it, around age 6….

        Silly humans…

        😉

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