After almost five years in Henderson, Nevada my blood has thinned to dangerous levels. Temperatures in the fifties tonight forced me to don a heavy coat to watch the Green Valley High School Marching Band. It was almost embarrassing, but with everyone else wearing coats I didn’t stand out. The coat, a heavy black wool one, I wore tonight is one of my all-time favorites. Since I bought it about a year before we left Colorado Springs to move to Henderson, it still feels like a new coat. I wore it for a winter in Colorado Springs and now just rare occasions when visiting Utah and Idaho or when coolish weather hits southern Nevada.
Anyway, tonight as I put the coat on, I felt some crinkly paper in the interior pocket. Curious about what receipt or candy wrapper I may have had in there, I unzipped it and pulled it out—a newspaper clipping from the English version of The St. Petersburg Times dated Friday, February 19, 2010. I pulled it from a paper during my last visit to Russia. The article that drew my interest is titled “Dispersing the CIA Myth”, by Yevgeny Bazhanov, at the time a vice chancellor of research and international relations at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. (He is now the president of the Diplomatic Academy.) Looking back through the haze of Maidan in Ukraine and the subsequent annexation of Crimea by Russia, I find the article intriguing.
So, for everyone’s reading pleasure, here is the article:
It has become customary in recent decades to blame the United States for every catastrophe afflicting the planet — from tsunamis to revolutions. Before the United States, it was the Jews who were blamed for the world’s problems. In medieval Europe, for example, Jews were said to have spread the plague — and, ironically, the accusations were most virulent in those regions where Jewish people didn’t even live.