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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-27-09 12:03 PM
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43. I'm as puzzled as you are.
I remember him as a dangerous fool. Shared 'sado-monetarist' economic policy with Maggie Thatcher; supporter of some nasty dictators; helped to build up the forerunners of the Taliban; etc., etc. Also known for his verbal slips and general all-round muddle-headedness. His best quality was perhaps laziness; unlike Maggie, he spent quite a lot of time sleeping and resting from his labours in the cause of messing up the world.

As regards the end of the Cold War, this had more to do IIRC with the USSR bankrupting itself with huge arms race spending and general inefficiency, and the fortunate coincidence that when all the chickens came home to roost, they for once had an intelligent and competent leader, rather than one whose instinct would have been to start a war. If people like Gorbachev had been in charge from much earlier, perhaps the USSR would have evolved rather than imploding (and of course,if they hadn't had Stalin in particular, millions of people wouldn't have been killed).
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