As we step into the new millennium, we witnessed the collapse of Soviet Union during the end of the last century, a sad demise and a tragic end for such a Super power to get disintegrated just like a poof, what went wrong is the question?, was Marx’s concept of human ideology and worker’s revolution was not rightly timed, or something was wrong with the Ideology itself?
We know for sure that while few people in Soviet Union like members of Communist Party, Members of Politburo and other top bureaucrats were enjoying the best of luxuries, the masses, the country and its satellite states were on the road to ruins, their factories were using as much raw material as the western factories but were turning out inferior quality products, life in Russia for the people never changed infact they were living in the pre-revolution era, stretched to post revolution times.
I never was a communist, but being born in the hot era of cold war, I kind of compromised with USSR and its existence with a sort of fear, some views were passed on to me like USSR surely is providing a counter balance in the race to win the world. But whatever the truth was, their MiGs, Sukhois, Ilyushins and Tupolev aircrafts were cheap. Available to all on hard cash these planes were drawing world attention, as these aircrafts were quite capable to handle the job.
In good hands Soviet built MiGs and Sukhois embarrassed a lot of American and western planes in few dogfights. Soviet technology was inferior to the western technology but despite of the fact their avionics and electronic gears were also not as sophisticated as in the western planes, but whatever the case, these flying machines were easy to buy and cheaper to maintain. Being less complexed than their western adversaries, these planes were easily adapted to suit the needs of the purchaser countries.
One of the many famous fighter jets built by Soviet Union was MiG-25 Nato code-named Foxbat operated in the Middle East during the 1970s and 80s. These planes made Israeli foreheads sweat and were able to avoid repeated Israeli attempts to counter MiG-25 “Foxbat” operations in number of occasions. Mainly Egyptians and Syrians were operating both the Fighter and Reconnaissance versions of this highflying aircrafts. Americans clocked a MiG-25 doing Mach 3.2 over Israel in 1973; while American made F-4 (Phantoms) fighter aircrafts fired Sparrow AIM-7E air-to-air missiles at these MiG-25s, but MiGs were out of the harms way while cruising at 76,000 feet. The F-4 Phantoms were no match for these high flying high speed MiGs and even the deadly US made Sparrow missiles failed to stop these MiGs flying from Egyptian and Syrian bases.
AK-47 Automatic Klashnikov rifles are another example of cheap, reliable and trust worthy weapon for Guerillas all around the world. Designed by Mikhail Klashnikov in 1947 (AK stands for Avtomat or automatic Klashnikov, 47 is the year of manufacture) and known as banana gun in most African countries, is an efficient weapon that over the years, has proved to be more rugged and reliable weapon than the American made M-16 automatic rifle or similar weapons of same class made by other western nations. It is so loved by people that it appears on one African flag as a national symbol.
The development of guns, fighter and bomber aircrafts and other military hardware including sturdy tanks, was probably the main interest of Soviet Union to counter the threat of the Capitalist and Imperialist nations, which also was fueled by the western push towards the same goal.
Take any country of the world, no matter you go to any continent, it maybe the Asia, Africa or the Middle East, and without troubling to find, your would come across the living signs of the Western European’s colonial insignias spread all over the place reminding us “We were here” slogan. The French, The British, The Dutch, The Italians, The Germans The Portuguese, to name a few are among the “Visitors”.
In these pages, we will see how these western nations, equipped with most modern weapons and technologies visited other nations, some time by creating revolutions, some time by exporting chaos, for purely business reasons and changed the colonized nation’s will, plundered the wealth and created a pro-western society among these colonies which still exist very much today and created longer lasting impacts in these cultures over the years. We will see how the past adventures of these western nations affected our present and future.
Although the past is a part of the history now but the existing state of affairs in the ex-colonies reminds us of the horrible past they had gone thorough. This also points fingers at notorious decisions were deliberately taken with the hope that they shall surface one fine day and produce havoc in these wretched countries, they were absolutely right.
I will try my best to unfold the pages of history and present you with a crystal clear picture with the help of facts; since Iraq is in the news nowadays, we begin with Iraq. Who are Iraqis and why they are being the targets of western aggression? Why Iraq’s history is so filled with blood??? First of all to understand the creation of Iraq, we have to go back in history and check on events which helped the creation of Iraq.
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