Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Books Do Change Our Opinions

It doesn't happen all that often, but sometimes, some books do change our opinions on world events. One such happening was when I started reading the book Winter Is Coming written by world-famous chess champion Garry Kasparov.

He has some quite valid points in that book, and I'm not even finished reading his book. I bow in respect of the clarity with which he illustrates the many good points about current Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This is no laughing matter. For us living in Europe there is a definite challenge with the potential of a Cold War resurfacing at this time. Given the fact that we are missing true leadership in the west while Donald J Trump is President of America, we do need to rethink how we proceed.

In May, we will hold general elections for the European Union Parliament, and much is at stake with current EU-leadership being clueless about how to handle geopolitical challenges. We can't even figure out whether we are 28 or 27 member nations as long as UK Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping for one thing, yet gets a majority against her every time she brings one of her suggestions before the UK Parliament.

We don't need any of this. We need to show strength and determination. Not in any war, but in figuring out what we want to do in the years ahead. Will we trust a NATO run by one nation, or will we insist that all member states begin to operate from a clear agenda that is either focused on peace and prosperity - or prepare for the inevitable outcome if we turn a blind eye to what IS transpiring over in Russia?

I like the point Mr. Kasparov made about the late American President, Ronald Reagan. When he met with then General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, he always brought the hard questions to the table to begin with. Political prisoners WAS and still is a problem.We need to ask similar questions today, and one of those is definitely: who are we kidding?

IF a Cold War is in the remaking, dangerous times could lie ahead if we fail to forge new alliances that could finally end the comedy of Russia having sometimes opposite interests of ours. At a time when nobody sits down and talks candidly with one another, nothing good can be achieved.

As I said in the beginning, I have just started the book. More will be written on the matter once I am finished and done some parallel research, but I will recommend you read it too. There is quite a bit to be learned from a man who knows this nation because he has seen this firsthand as part of the opposition to current President Vladimir Putin...

Anyway, wishing you all a happy Easter. :-)

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