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    Great tactics! If you manage to get what you want, you not only win the concession but also demonstrate your strength and your diplomatic skills of negotiating with the supposedly "intransingent" enemy. If the opponent resists your impudent and unaceptable demands, you show everyone how evil and intractable he is. Exerting pressure on one's opponent is nothing new, of course, but what makes this tactic peculiar is that quite trivial geopolitical hand-wringing is artfully cloaked in "considerations of world security, human rights and general well-being of humanity" - and it gets sold well to domestic audiences.

    Just blame Moscow! Declassified papers reveal UK policy of accusing Soviets of everything


    And when Soviet leader Yuri Andropov – who had been portrayed as an ex-KGB hardliner in the West – made a goodwill gesture to allow the extension of CBMs up to the Urals, the move was seen as a sign of weakness. Indeed, a memo shows how Western leaders felt they could use the situation to “put pressure to bear on the East” and leave the Soviets with the problem of “explaining publicly why the eminently sensible measures proposed are not acceptable to them.”

    Another memo stressed that if any problems were encountered, those issues would be promptly blamed on Moscow.

    “Any failure to resolve existing problems (or even to engage in meaningful debate) should be seen to be attributable to the Soviet Union (and its allies) and not to the West," reads a Steering Brief for the UK delegation at the CSCE Cultural Forum in Budapest, issued by the Foreign Office on October 15, 1985.
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    ShAA - So what is new? Don't tell me that the Soviets never played the old game of pointy fingers. Mea culpas are very few and far between in politics.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Wooden Wonder View Post
      ShAA - So what is new? Don't tell me that the Soviets never played the old game of pointy fingers. Mea culpas are very few and far between in politics.
      No problems about this, everyone plays this game. However, it is exactly this fact which is forgotten when Russia gets criticised for this and that while the West is presented as a beacon of fairness and openness. There are a still lot of people who accuse Russia of being "intransigent" and "uncooperative" and "unaware of how actually evil it is".

      The point of my original post was that such accusations are not always (to put it mildly) a result of a fair and balanced view of Russia's actions, but quite often a result of an elaborate game of the West's blaming and hypocritical moralistic grandstanding which has nothing to do with Russia's real faults or moral flaws but everything to do with pressuring the opponent by all means possible: from moving troops to cynically manipulation the public opinion.
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      • #4
        Wonder why it was declassified. UK policies didn't changed by a iota.
        There are no Nazis in Ukraine. © Idiots

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        • #5
          That was the game both sides played for the benefit of their population and the rules were understood.

          "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
          --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Emtos View Post
            Wonder why it was declassified. UK policies didn't changed by a iota.
            Ah, but maybe by declassifying the records they want you to THINK the policy has changed. Or maybe they want you to think THEY think that YOU think they think the policy has changed.

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