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Reports of America's demise greatly exaggerated ( An ex-KGB agent engages in wishful thinking )
MarketWatch ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 9:17 a.m. EST | Vitaliy Katsenelson

Posted on 01/05/2009 8:40:02 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Editor's note: A recent story in the Wall Street Journal profiled former Soviet KGB agent Igor Panarin's prediction that the United States will soon collapse. Vitaliy Katsenelson, who emigrated to the U.S. from Russia 17 years ago, offers a response.

DENVER, Colo. (MarketWatch) -- Dear Mr. Ex-KGB:

Desperate times call for desperate measures. No kidding. I understand why you took the collapse of the Soviet Union model added some wishful thinking and applied it to the United States. See Wall Street Journal article.

The Great U.S. of A is not the Soviet Union, this analogy doesn't work on this country. The Soviet Union was a collection of loosely assembled countries that shared little in common except ... well, actually with the exception of common borders I cannot think of a single thing that united them. Flag? Hymn? No, they were quick to disembark from the Soviet Union, turn the red flag into a doormat and erase the lyrics of the Soviet hymn from their memory.

Ukrainians, Belorussians, and Russians had something in common, but Georgians, Armenians, Tajikistanis, and Uzbekistanis were always looked at by Russians as secondhand citizens. Estonians disliked Russia, but don't blame them, they did not join the Soviet Union voluntarily. The former soviet republics were happy to return to the pre-Soviet Union state.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: globalization; igorpanarin

1 posted on 01/05/2009 8:40:03 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

we how have taxation without representation

2 posted on 01/05/2009 8:43:43 AM PST by shielagolden
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To: shielagolden

TYRANNY is what we have from the democrats ...

wait and see

3 posted on 01/05/2009 8:47:15 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
[In Russia] Newspapers and television are controlled by the government, ...

How is this different from the US, when a Democrat is in power?

4 posted on 01/05/2009 9:52:29 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
Pelosi has her own plan...FR Thread:

BREAKING: Pelosi Reverses House Fairness Rules

5 posted on 01/05/2009 11:29:11 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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