Is Russia a threat to peace? Or is peace the threat, and Russia the pretext?
Today’s guest Ron Ridenour says it’s the US military empire that craves endless war. Russia, he says, has been pro-peace and defensive in its orientation since at least the 1917 revolution…and in some ways for centuries before that.
The Russian Peace Threat begins: “United States leaders have the gall to accuse Russia, and the Soviet Union earlier, of being a threat to world peace, of annexing foreign territory, of meddling in the affairs of other nations even the greatest free country in the world, the United States of America. Vladimir Putin himself interfered in the 2016 election so that Hilary Clinton lost the presidency and his friend Donald Trump won. This is truly Double Speak at its best. From the start of Russia’s revolution, the U.S. has attempted to overthrow its governments, starting with an invasion (July 1918). Once defeated, the U.S. has done everything else to badger it, subvert it, surrround and overthrow it.”
Uncompromising chronicler and critic of his times, participant and witness, Ron Ridenour is fully the model for what we might call a “people’s engagé historian.” Born in the USA, the Military Empire, Ron Ridenour rejected the American Dream in 1961, and has since acted as a anti-war, solidarity, and radical activist. He has lived in many countries and worked as a journalist- editor-author-translator for four decades, including for Cuba’s Editorial José Martí and Prensa Latina (1988-96). He has published six books about Cuba (Backfire: CIA’s Biggest Burn and Cuba at Sea), plus Yankee Sandinistas, Sounds of Venezuela, and Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka.