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We Will Defeat You Without Firing A Shot

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev United Nations October 16, 1960

It was October of 1960 when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United Nations.  On October 16, 1960, he addressed the UN prior to his departure and return to the Soviet Union.  In closing his speech that day, he made the famous proclamation that the US would be defeated without a shot being fired.

What did he mean by that?  Did he believe that the Soviet Union would figure out how to take over the United States without a shooting war taking place?  Of course not.  What he spoke of was the idealism of the Soviet Union.  Is it any wonder that American hero Joseph McCarthy was an integral part in rooting out the communists that had infiltrated our government at about the same time?  In fact, I am certain that Khrushchev’s bold assertiveness, at the UN that day, was a result of the actions taken by the Senate in regards to Joseph McCarthy’s campaign to root out communists within our own Federal Government.  Say what you will about Joseph McCarthy but in my book, he was a true American Hero.

In my attempt to trace the lines of the past to illustrate where we are today, I will be making small posts with basic facts and general opinions (most of which are my own).  In some instances I will jump forward in history several years and in others I will revert back into history for several years.  As I write, it will allow the reader to begin researching the times, in regards to the state of world affairs at that specific time period, and draw from that research his or her own conclusions.  But I think that if we observe and understand those periods of time for what they were and realize how they affected where we are today, we will all come up with very similar conclusions as to what role each event played in the progression of where we are today.

That’s all for now.  I look forward to your input.

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November 23, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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