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STAT Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706000002-0 LEAFPEARED 1H 'AGE J -71-) 1,JASH I NGTON TIMES 11 March 1986 JOHN SEILER One year with Gorbachev Let's sip a little vodka, and toast the West's survival of the first 365 days since the rise to power of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev. Since Mr. Gorbachev is trying to drain vodka from Soviet society our celebration splashes a blow against his Soviet Empire. In his first 365 days in office, Mr. Gorbachev has proved himself Lenin's most faithful heir. Khrushchev and Brezhnev were crude, blustering peasants, Stalin a Georgian seminary student, and Andropov a superspy out of the mold of Lenin's secret police boss, Dzer- zhinsky. In contrast, Comrade Mikhail has spent 12 months proving himself the perfect Leninist ? the pure New So- viet Man ? the ultimate totalitarian apparatchik. That's just what we should expect from the first Krem- lin dictator not born under the czars, but hatched whole from a Leninist egg. Across Moscow, Soviet propa- ganda banners proclaim the slogan: "Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live!" Let's see how closely Lenin lives in Mr. Gorbachev. ? Mr. Gorbachev has launched what I term the Gorbachev Doctrine ? a truly Leninist face-lift for Soviet foreign policy What is the Gorba- chev Doctrine? Wherever Ronald Reagan implements the Reagan Doctrine, Mr. Gorbachev launches a counteroffensive. Wherever Mr. Reagan aids indigenous freedom fighters, Mr. Gorbachev immedi- ately strikes back to ensure that even the smallest seed of liberty doesn't take root. The three most con- spicuous examples prove this. 1. Last year, Mr. Reagan increased covert aid to the Afghan mujahideen. In response, Mr. Gorba- chev launched a May-June offensive in the strategic Kunar Valley border- ing Pakistan, hoping to seal off Afghanistan from the outside world. Mr. Gorbachev also stepped up the Red Army's scorched-earth policy, aimed at depopulating the country. According to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, "The target is primar- ily the civilian population, the vil- lages, and the agricultural structure." Genocide is a synonym for the Gorbachev Doctrine. 2. In June 1985, Mr. Reagan ca- joled congress into repealing the Clark Amendment (which banned aid to Angolan treedom fighters), And started trickling a little Qygrt aid to Jonas Savimbi's UNITA. Just three mon-ths later, Mr. Gorbachev launched a two-month offensive against UNITA. Soviet and Cuban fighter pilots flew MiG-21 and MiG-23 warplanes, Su-22 ground- strike fighters, and Mi-24 Hind heli- copter gunships. Soviet generals co- ordinated attacks by Angolan Marxist and Cuban troops driving T-34, T-55, and T-62 tanks. In all, So- viet military aid totaled more than $2 billion. Mr. Savimbi repulsed the Gorbachev offensive, but only at great cost. 3. In June 1985, Mr. Reagan coaxed from Congress $27 million in "humanitarian" aid for the Nicara- guan "contra" freedom fighters; no military aid was included. In re- sponse, over the last six months of 1985, Mr. Gorbachev shipped to San- dinista Comandante Daniel Ortega 95 howitzers, tripling Managua's ar- senal to 145; and a dozen new war- planes, running Mr. Ortega's air force inventory to 77. The shipments included two Polish Mi-2 Hoplite he- licopter gunships. Mr. Ortega feels so confident ot his public relations dis- information campaign, it- self a key part ot the Gorbachqy Doctrine, that last wIslie ,*icete i to Havana. ' trii? to vast year actually goaded Congress into passing the $27 million aid bill. But this year, as Mr. Ortega and Cuban junta leader Fidel Castro presum- ably puffed cigars together and dis- cussed the Gorbachev Doctrine's next offensive in the Western Hemi- sphere, four congressional panels voted down Mr. Reagan's new, $100 million "contra" aid request. Lenin would have termed such con- gressmen useful idiots. ? Lenin insisted that "A good Com- munist is a good Chekist" ? a mem- ber or helper of theNcheka, the Bolshevik secret police and the fore- runner of the KGB. Following this advice, Disciple Mikhail Ser- geyevich has granted the KGB more power than it has had since Lenin's time. Indeed, he has restored the KGB to its true Leninist function as the heart and soul of the Communist Party. (Stalin had eviscerated the KGB, relegating it to a role as his personal enforcers, and keeping it loyal through periodic purges.) At last November's Geneva sum- mit, Mr. Gorbachev promised to tone down his anti-American smear cam- paign. Instead, he has boosted KGB disinformation assaults on America, and has granted the KGB complete control o all Soviet broadcasting units. irAgain like Lenin, Mr. Gorbachev has shown himself less vain than earlier Soviet dictators. Stalin had his personality cult and Brezhnev his fleet of Cadillac Eldorados. Of course, Comrade Mikhail gets "enough to eat" and "lives well," as First Deputy Prime Minister Geidar A. Aliyev said recently about the So- viet nomenklatura, or ruling elite. But then, the proletariat's rubles al- ways bought Lenin "enough to eat," and let him "live well," even during his Zurich exile. Yet for men like Lenin and Gorba- chev, such things are mere comforts, not life's aim. Such men instead lust for power ? which Henry Kissinger called "the ultimate aphrodisiac." Some men are consumed by the pur- suit of gold or harlots, but such things pale next to the ultimate cor- ruption: the pursuit of the kind of power delivered only by mass inter- national terror. In 12 months, Mr. Gorbachev has shown that his goal remains that of Lenin: to run concer- tina wire around every square inch of the globe, and clap irons around every pair of human wrists. ? Even in his failures, Mr. Gorba- chev resembles Lenin. Last Novem- ber, Mr. Gorbachev couldn't schnooker Mr. Reagan into cancel- ing the Strategic Defense Initiative, or into pulling American Pershing II and cruise missiles out of Western Europe. But after all, Lenin urged patience; one can't do everything in 12 months. And Comrade Mikhail is no Ilbotskyite, itching for instant world Communism! Lenin himself implemented a strategic holding action when the Poles repulsed the Red Army in 1920, thwarting the Bolshevik at- tempt to conquer all of Europe. But within 24 years Poland was con- quered, with the rest of Eastern Eu- Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706000002-0 Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706000002-0 rope thrown in as lagniappe. Over the past 12 months, Comrade Mi- khail has shown he can wait 12 or 24 years, if necessary, to conquer West- ern Europe. Because Mr. Reagan's term ex- pires in less than three years, Mr. Gorbachev's experts on America have advised him to wait on arms control, if necessary, while advancing in other areas. The next American president might be a San Francisco Democrat, like Mario Cuomo or Gary Hart, who would cut America's military budget sharply. Or a moderate Republican, like George Bush or Howard Baker, who would pare the Pentagon moder- ately. In either case, the next Amer- ican president can't possibly be a charismatic, conservative movie star ? a Great Communicator II ? who can rebuff the liberal-opinion monopoly's demands for arms con- trol, yet remain popular. In 1989, the new American pres- ident will also be hankering for a big foreign-policy success, hoping to score some points in the public opin- ion polls. He'll sign an arms control treaty for a song. And as to treaties, didn't Lenin once write about the Brest-Litovsk treaty: "Yes, of course, we are violating the treaty; we have violated it 30 or 40 times... . As every sensible man will under- stand, by signing this treaty we do not put a stop to our workers' rev- olution." lreaties are for capitalists to obey, not Communists. ? In economics, Mr. Gorbachev has displayed vaunting Leninist in- competence. The Soviet economy doesn't work. But Lenin never de- signed it to work. Liberal Sovietologists tell us that Mr. Gorba- chev is restoring "vigor" to the econ- omy. Yet that doesn't mean more re- frigerators and Moskvich cars for the masses, but a few more tanks and bullets squeezed out for the Red Army. As Soviet agricultural boss in the late 1970s, Mr. Gorbachev almost brought on a nationwide famine. But far from exiling him to run a col- lective farm in Yakutsk, such disas- ters gave him a clear edge in the Politburo dictatorship primaries. Obsessed with electrical power, Lenin made up this equation: Com- munism = socialism + electricity. Disciple Mikhail Sergeyevich has updated that Leninist mania to the 1980s, in the form of electronic tech- nology. He fears Ronald Reagan's latest American whiz-bang gadget, Star Wars, and is rapidly building his own. One of Mr. Gorbachev's top military advisers is Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov, the Red Army's prime tech- nocrat and an advocate of a Soviet first strike. And Mr. Gorbachev is painfully trying to erase the U.S.S.R.'s computer incompetence. Indeed, the Leninist equation might be updated to: Communism = so- cialism + microchips. In conclusion, Mr. Gorbachev has spent 12 months earning for himself the title Lenin II. The Gorbachev Doctrine ad- vances, enslaving or butchering a few hundred more people every day, thwarting humankind's few cries for freedom. The KGB spreads its tentacles across the world, spreading terror- ism and poisoning further the wa- ters of public opinion. The Red Army's arsenal grows, as prosperity and peace again lull the capitalist nations into weakness. We have survived Mr. Gorba- chev's first year ? yes. But unless we awake from our slumbers and re- alize the danger this aggressive Le- ninist poses, we might not survive many more. And that's something which, in spite of our earlier celebrations, is very sobering. John Seiler is a member of the editorial staff of The Washington Times. a. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706000002-0