At the time Gorbachev was talking about new chances for humanity, I and many of my compatriots really believed him. You must be aware of what Soviet people were like. They were inspired to make a difference. They were innocent about greed and corruption. Yet talented, smart and hard-working—the best people to deal with if you Americans wanted to really make a difference. What Cohen missed pointing out in his article is the fact that what America did or, better said, did not do is a major contribution to the kind of people you probably see in Russia today. Still talented and smart, but now very cynical.
We believed in friendship. We believed that the tension between our nations was finally over. So deep disappointment followed, when all of us saw that America did not really mean to use this chance to start to perceive Russia in a new way. The USA still does not, and the chance is gone. We performed the steps that were agreed upon, and we were all disappointed that you did not.
As Cohen correctly says in his article, there was still a chance for the United States to stop demonizing Russia as the enemy.
We could still have forgiven the missed opportunities from the United States after perestroika. Even though we became very cynical as a nation, we still value love and mercy.
But humanity has made a step backward as this opportunity is lost. It is sad to see people in my country became cynical. This is regression not only here but over the whole planet.
Mar 13 2014 - 12:19pm