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Last summer Vladimir Putin was appointed as prime minister of Russia. Some
people said that a KGB careerist like Putin couldn’t last very long in a
democratic country. In the long run, he’d prove to be a dud. At least, that
was the instant analysis. Then Putin was designated as acting president upon
Yeltsin’s resignation last Dec. 31. In March Putin was officially elected and
in May he was inaugurated. It seems that a KGB careerist could be popular
after all.

But why him?

Before we can answer this question, it should be understood that there are
hidden structures guiding Russia. There are strategists within the Kremlin who
are working from a “plan.” And these same strategists were the ones who chose
Vladimir Putin.

In 1982 a former high ranking Communist official, named Jan Sejna, wrote a
book entitled “We Will Bury You.” A large section of the book is about the
Kremlin’s plan for defeating the West. Sejna noted that the plan was flexible,
and “subject to constant revision to ensure that it takes into
account new factors.” Most readers would assume that such a plan would be dead
by now. But this assumption is incorrect, and here is why:

While the Kremlin was busy giving up Eastern Europe and making all sorts of
frank admissions about the “crimes of Stalin” and the “errors of Brezhnev,”
Soviet officials were mysteriously silent about their long-range strategic
plan. No admissions were made, and no documents were published.

Mum was the word.

We know from at least three defector sources that a long range Kremlin
strategy did exist. We know that this strategy employed deception on a massive
scale, and we know from two of these defectors (i.e., Jan Sejna and Anatoliy
Golitsyn) that the long range plan would involve the controlled collapse of
Soviet Russia’s military alliance in Eastern Europe — the Warsaw Pact.

If this strategy is now defunct, and if the Kremlin no longer seeks victory
over the West, then why haven’t we seen this plan exposed at a Moscow press
conference? Why haven’t our good democratic friends in Moscow declassified the
old strategy? Surely, it would clarify the whole history of
the Cold War.

But Lenin remains unburied and the plan remains in effect.

Sadly, the West remains clueless. From the very start, America’s leaders
have refused to believe that a Kremlin plan existed. “One of the basic
problems of the West,” wrote Sejna, “is its frequent failure to recognize the
existence of any Soviet ‘grand design’ at all.”

Two leading U.S. policy analysts, Henry Kissinger and Edward
Luttwak, for example, discounted the idea of a long-range Soviet deception
strategy, and it was against this skepticism that Sejna wrote, “The Soviet
Strategic Plan for the establishment of their ‘Socialism’ worldwide does,
without doubt, exist. …”

Another high ranking defector was Ladislav Bittman, former deputy chief of
Department D of the Czech intelligence service. According to Bittman, KGB Gen.
Agayants (chief of the KGB’s disinformation department) frequently came to
Prague in person to ensure that the plan was being followed.

The most sensational testimony about the Kremlin’s long-range strategy came
from KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, who outlined what he knew of the plan –
and what he deduced about it — in a 1984 book entitled “New Lies for Old.”

According to Golitsyn the strategic plan originated in the 1950s from a
rejection of Stalin’s failed strategic ideas. A direct and obvious military
threat from Russia, combined with obvious and idiotic propaganda was bound to
fail. Therefore, the old Stalinist machine had to be replaced with a new
machine. The blockheaded rant of neo-Stalinists had to be set aside in favor
of apparent openness and frank admissions. According to Golitsyn, in its
“final phase” the long-range strategy would introduce false liberalization and
democracy into Eastern Europe. This would involve the “exhibition of spurious
independence on the part of the regimes in Romania, Czechoslovakia,
and Poland.” He even predicted that the Berlin Wall might be taken down and
Germany reunited.

In this context, Vladimir Putin was a KGB officer stationed in East Germany
when the Berlin Wall came down. His KGB group in East Germany was a key
component in organizing the controlled collapse of the Warsaw Pact — which
defectors Sejna and Golitsyn had mentioned in the early 1980s. We know about
this from a former East German secret police official named Horst Jemlich, who
was interviewed by the London Sunday Times. On Jan. 16 the Times quoted
Jemlich as saying that Putin’s KGB group was mounting an operation behind East
Germany’s back. “The plan was to prepare one day to let us fall,” Jemlich told
the Times.

So the fall of East Germany was intentional, according to yet another
former East European secret police official. And Vladimir Putin was directly
involved in implementing that plan.

What could be more significant?

Touching on this, there is an interesting excerpt in a recently published
book on Putin, entitled “First Person.” Sergei Roldugin, one of Putin’s
closest associates, used to argue with him about the wisdom of intentionally
letting East Germany fall.

“I remember how confused and upset Volodya felt about the collapse,” Says
Roldugin in the book.

Putin would say to Roldugin: “You just can’t do that! How can you do that?
I know that I can be wrong, but how can the most highly qualified
professionals be mistaken?”

Then Roldugin would reply to him: “You know, Volodya, don’t get me
started.”

You can imagine how some KGB officers must have felt. How can Russia give
up the Warsaw Pact? How can Russia let East Germany go? But today Putin is in
a much better position to appreciate what has been gained. By now he agrees
with his friend, Roldugin. The collapse of the Warsaw Pact led directly to
Western disarmament, plus billions in Western investment to Russia and a
massive infusion of technology.

In the last analysis, sacrificing East Germany was well worth it.

According to KGB defector Golitsyn, writing in the early 1980s, the coming
East European liberalization “would be calculated and deceptive in that it
would be introduced from above. It would be carried out by the party through
its cells and individual members in government … and by the KGB through its
agents among the intellectuals and scientists.”

In a June 22, 1994, piece from the Wall Street Journal Europe, J. Michael Waller
tells us that it was the KGB and Communist youth organizers that set up the
first stock exchange in Russia. He also noted that 80 percent of all joint
ventures between Western and Russian companies involved KGB officers. As for
the democratic reforms in Russia, Waller notes that when the Communist Party
Soviet Union gave up power, the KGB set up a training system for turning KGB
personnel into democratic leaders.

At the ground floor of Russian democracy, Waller tells us, were 2,758
admitted KGB officers running for public office — local, regional and
federal. This is to say nothing of the secret creatures of the KGB, or Russian
politicians subject to KGB blackmail.

Waller’s research, like the statements of Horst Jemlich and the writings of
key Soviet bloc defectors, only goes to confirm that the Kremlin’s long-range
plan is entirely real — that the collapse of Communism has been controlled
and deceptive. And that is why, amid the frank admissions and
document disclosures, not one peep has been heard about Russia’s long-range
strategy. The strategy is a secret because it is still in effect.

In this context, the significant thing about Putin, which we all have to
remember, is that he speaks fluent German; and winning over Germany is the key
to breaking up NATO. As it happens, Putin visited Germany last week. He met
privately with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at least four times.
Not even a translator was present. These one-on-one sessions were so intimate
that they aroused the amazement of the German press.

“What do you want us to say,” joked Putin, “that we’re in love?”

In this context, Germany is the heart of Europe. To win the heart is to win
the whole. That is what the Russians are trying to achieve. That is the next
step in Russia’s long-range plan.

“Germany is Russia’s leading partner in Europe and the world,” said Putin.

And this is no joking proposition. Putin told the Germans that Russia could
defend Europe from the rogue nations (which Russia and China have armed with
missiles). Therefore, who needs the stupid Americans? We Russians have what
you need. And we have the world’s best anti-missile technology.

Putin’s diplomacy seeks to break up NATO and win over Europe to Russia.
This is in strict accordance with the Kremlin’s long-range strategy. If we
ignore the existence of this strategy, as Clinton does, we do so at our own
risk.

It is time to wake up.

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