By Ben Barrack
In World War II, the U.S. and the U.K. aligned with the Soviet Union and Josef Stalin against a much greater threat – the Nazis, who were allies with the Muslim Brotherhood. Imagine a threat so grave that the U.S. had to form an alliance with a nation headed by one of the world’s most notorious mass murderers. The decision of the Obama administration to ally with that Nazi partner notwithstanding, the U.S. may one day have to revive an old alliance of necessity.
On One Hand…
Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has become a rather dichotomous and paradoxical figure for westerners in general and Americans in particular. He has a history which includes a career with the KGB that began in 1975; the KGB was an arch nemesis of the U.S. for decades during the Cold War. Last December, Putin called for a statue of Stalin to be erected. The Daily Beast referred to Putin’s legend as that of a “postwar thug”, and that upon returning to Russia from Germany after the Cold War ended, he…
…succeeded in transforming the country, turning back democratic reforms and ultimately establishing a thoroughly corrupt and inefficient authoritarian regime in the image of the U.S.S.R.
In discussing the crisis in Ukraine, conservative writer Charles Krauthammer was unequivocal in his assertion that Putin wants the Soviet Union back, via RCP:
Last June, it was reported that Putin pocketed a $26,000 New England Patriots Super Bowl Ring when team owner Bob Kraft let him try it on and later saying that three KGB agents helped the Russian President make off with the jewelry.
On the Other Hand…
When Middle Eastern Christians are given the choice between siding with westerners or with Putin, they invariably choose the latter. Syrian Christians can’t run into the arms of the Russian-backed Bashar al-Assad fast enough. The Assad regime seems more than willing to help them as best it can. In the U.S., the Obama administration is hell bent on supporting the Muslim Brotherhood-backed jihadists, who are right now slaughtering innocent Christians. When Syrian Christian leaders attempted to charge up Capitol Hill to seek protection, Senator John McCain (RINO-AZ) berated them. In so doing, he made it clear that he was siding with the jihadists.
A quick look at Egypt reveals similar dynamics. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi regime saw the persecution of Coptic Christians. When Mursi was overthrown, the Obama administration (as well as McCain) seemed most interested in coming to the aid of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the months since, General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has essentially run into the arms of Putin’s Russia. Again, Putin is on the right side here. U.S. Congressional delegations wring their hands over el-Sisi’s alliance with Putin while ignoring the reason why – Obama’s alliance with the Brotherhood.
A feckless U.S. Congress refuses to call out U.S. President Barack Obama’s affinity for the Brotherhood; it’s a very real problem.
The Obama administration is choosing to align with a close World War II ally of the Nazis in these examples; Putin is not. In fact, his defense of Christians indicates he’s lining up against the descendants of Hitler’s allies; those allies today share Hitler’s goals then. The ability of Americans to see this requires both a post-Cold War mentality and a jaundiced eye toward Russia based on Putin’s desire for a return to a Soviet era.
In short, the U.S. should actually be seeking an alliance of necessity with the Russians like it had with Stalin, not because Stalin was a good guy but because the bad guys are so bad.
Complicating all of this is the fact that while Putin was becoming a KGB agent, Barack Obama was being mentored by Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member and Soviet loyalist, Frank Marshall Davis, who was also a loyal Stalinist. From 1944-1963, the FBI compiled a 600-page plus file on Davis, even placing him on the security index.
During the Cold War, the U.S. never let its guard down when it came to the Soviet Union. The fall of the Berlin Wall changed that. Another consequence of the Soviet Union’s dismantling has been the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, something that Putin seems to understand and wants to fight while Obama embraces it. U.S. politicians and pundits like Krauthammer express no understanding of the relevance of either of these realities.
That leads to the possibility of a showdown between Russia and Turkey, as Walid suggests. As was the case with the Nazis, the U.S. may one day have to align with the Russians, but if and when that day comes, it will almost certainly come in a post-Obama era and should include a jaundiced eye.
Such an alliance would also require a threat so grave that humanity itself would be in danger as it would have been had Hitler had his way.