"Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about
Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are
primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal
changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes.
Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep.
We want to accomplish three things:

One, we want the Americans to withdraw conventional forces from Europe.
Two, we want them to withdraw nuclear forces from Europe.
Three, we want the Americans to stop proceeding with Strategic Defense Initiative."
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1931- ) General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the last head of state of the USSR (1985-1991)
November 1987
speech to the Soviet Politburo, November 1987
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It's almost exactly what he said, except for after "let them fall asleep" he said "Then we will attack" Somehow you forgot to mention that in his "Speech" Funny how people want to chang history! You should study this out for yourselves and you will find that I am right!
 -- Pakinpastor, Houston     
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    Heard this comment back then and have never forgotten it. Have our politicians?
     -- Blogger, Cincinnati     
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    Everyone seems to "forget" that Georgia is the aggressor here, in cooperation with the US and Israel. The Russian counterattack was very proportional and not over the edge.
     -- Anonymous, there where lies are uncovered     
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    You guys should read albert pikes letter to mazzini in 1870 spelling out the 3 world wars and those involved and they are unfolding as we speak. So is Orwells 1984, so is the Book of Revelation. For those with eyes to see the signs are there. Even JFK mentioned the conspiracy in a speech at the waldorf astoria to a group of newspaper men about being responsible news people and sensitive information that's printed. But people just say he is dead, so who cares!!!! The willfully ignorant rearing their ugly heads.sad.
     -- Ken, Chicago     
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     -- dcman      
    What benefit to Russia is our disarming? It helps Russia only in wartime. So they must be planning for war, launching nuclear war on America!!!
     -- joe grace, farmville     
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    Revelation 13.7 predicts that a dictator will take over the world thru war. Presumably thru world war. That means nuclear. It says, The Beast will MAKE WAR on the saints[the Christian nations] and overcome them...He will gain power over every tongue, tribe and NATION" This points to a superpower nation doing it.It's got to be Russia. But Christ will defeat the Russians.The purpose of the Second Coming is to "destroy the Wicked One, (2 Thessalonians 2.7-8). The Trib will be only "5 months long"(Revelation 9.5,10)
     -- joe grace, farmville     
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    The Europeans should be concerned and beefing up their own defenses. Why is the US their defender to this day?
     -- J. Allen, Arlington, Va.     
    Totalitarians, of all ideological colors, foremost among whom the Communists and Islamists who have unholy designs on our Freedom, by all infernal means available to them have been relentlessly endeavoring, seemingly for endless decades, to induce states of slumber in the American people.

    As Mr. Gorbachev's predecessor, Josef Stalin, expressed it:

    " America is like a healthy body, and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life.
    If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    This is a rather grave statement. Given the existence and practice of the arts of propaganda on both sides, it would be helpful if an independent reader could try to verify the quotation from a reputable source. I would be grateful if you could kindly provide such a reference.
     -- George Formby, Montreal     
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    The only way for a foreign ideology to take over America is for Americans to embrace it. The front-lines of freedom are within Americans themselves. If we would rather be wards of the state than free people, then we will have our bondage by hook or by crook. Don't blame the communists or fascists, blame ourselves for buying into the lies and making ourselves dependent upon a system of servitude. Alternatively, we are as free as we are because of those of us who would NOT sell their souls -- they are the true patriots. Live Free or Die -- really.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Here it´s quoted at the UK parliament https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199697/cmhansrd/vo970226/debtext/70226-04.htm
     -- Rüdiger, Berlin     
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