Monday, June 11, 2007

 

Demoralization

This YouTube video from Pajamas Media (via Instapundit) is worth watching. According to Former KGB agent and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov only 15% of KBG resources were for espionage while 85% went towards:


"a slow process we call ideological subversion or...psychological warfare. What it basically means is to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their communities and their country.

It is a great brain washing process that goes very slow and it is divided in four basic stages the first one being demoralization, it takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years which requires to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy exposed to the ideology of the enemy.

In other words Marxism, Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students without being challenged or counter balanced by the basic values of Americanism...The results you can see.

Most of the people who graduated in the '60s, drop outs or half-baked intellectuals are now occupying the position of power....You're are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated. They are programed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information."



That was just a portion of the five minute interview posted.



If you look at the results of this effort by the KGB you might be tempted to conclude that they were successful. I'm not so sure. The end result was achieved but I wouldn't say for sure that it was their doing. I'm not convinced that lessons of the past simply get lost as time goes by and thus leaves the youth exposed to new and flawed ideologies. But Bezmenov's description of the current state in America is accurate.

An interesting observation from Powerline commenting on the 20th anniversary of Reagan's 'Tear down this wall!' speech:

America's effort to resist Communist imperialism was indeed bipartisan for the first 25 years following World War II. But after the 1960s, the Republicans were on their own, much as they are today in the war against Islamic terrorism. In the later years of the Cold War, it was not unusual for the Democrats to actively side with the Communists, as in Latin America through the Boland Amendment and in Western Europe through the nuclear freeze movement.

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