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Gorbachev Warns of US ‘Triumphalism’ and ‘New Cold War’ at 25th Anniversary of Fall of Soviet Union

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The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War. Gorbachev blamed the US and the West for “triumphalism” after the Cold War ended and the eastern bloc broke up. Gorbachev cited the failure to deal with conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as indicative of a broken international system that does not work in unison.

After the break up of the Soviet Union it was the West that swept across Europe incorporating the former members of the eastern bloc into its military alliance through NATO and its economic and political alliance through the European Union. The process has gone far enough to have now reached Russia’s doorstep in Ukraine.

The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Not surprisingly, US policymakers have a different view and accuse Russia of fostering new tensions. According to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Russia is “pushing on the limits of international order.” General Dempsey says he believe the US will have to put forces back into Europe that it had previously taken out. It does sound like a new Cold War.

It should also be said that there were many winners – both in the US and Russia – under the Cold War system. Increased tensions with the outside world provided excuses for crackdowns on domestic dissent and civil liberties while further empowering the military and defense industries. Not an excessively unpopular arrangement from the perspective of the elites in DC and Moscow. Then again, there is that whole nuclear war issue.

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Gorbachev Warns Of US ‘Triumphalism’ And ‘New Cold War’ At 25th Anniversary Of Fall Of Soviet Union

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The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War. Gorbachev blamed the US and the West for “triumphalism” after the Cold War ended and the eastern bloc broke up. Gorbachev cited the failure to deal with conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as indicative of a broken international system that does not work in unison.

After the break up of the Soviet Union it was the West that swept across Europe incorporating the former members of the eastern bloc into its military alliance through NATO and its economic and political alliance through the European Union. The process has gone far enough to have now reached Russia’s doorstep in Ukraine.

The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Not surprisingly, US policymakers have a different view and accuse Russia of fostering new tensions. According to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Russia is “pushing on the limits of international order.” General Dempsey says he believe the US will have to put forces back into Europe that it had previously taken out. It does sound like a new Cold War.

It should also be said that there were many winners – both in the US and Russia – under the Cold War system. Increased tensions with the outside world provided excuses for crackdowns on domestic dissent and civil liberties while further empowering the military and defense industries. Not an excessively unpopular arrangement from the perspective of the elites in DC and Moscow. Then again, there is that whole nuclear war issue.

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