In honorable memory of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, 2 March 1931 – 30 August 2022, the Russian President who set free three million Jews.
When the Communist-Russian empire crumbled, democracy there gave hope. I remember TV street interviews with ordinary Russians, how they spoke their minds unafraid of the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, or, as we call the Soviet Union’s security agency 1954 – 1991: the KGB.
I wondered, I still remember: ‘How come they are not afraid that ten years from now, a new dictator will sit on his throne and a new secret police will persecute them for their opinions?’ Well, it actually took 21 years. Putin was trained in the KGB and he has the empathy of a pro-torturer.
For two decades, Europe could have reached out to the new Russian State and helped it consolidate democracy, preventing Putin’s coup, just like US democracy halted his buddy Trump from becoming king. It didn’t.
If Europe had made a confederation with all of Russia, China, as the world’s last gigantic dictatorship might have started to melt too.
It was not to be. From the Biblical Paradise Story until now, humanity lost so many chances to better itself beyond recognition. Instead, it still did not learn from past mistakes and keeps repeating the same horror movie, generation upon generation. When will we finally learn? One could blame G^d. But apparently, He’s still trusting in us to shape up. Now, let’s do it.
Europe has united nicely for Ukraine, but Putin is still ordering senseless bloodbath after bloodbath for his own soldiers and the Ukrainian Nation.
Humanity will storm toward the abyss until we are all free and protected.
Today is the day to end being a passive bystander and become an activist.