Ferd posted a clip on In Bona Fide about the last days of the Soviet Union, referring to the secret meeting between the leaders of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia that broke up the Communist empire for good. Here I’ve posted another shorter clip of contemporary news coverage of the final whimpering hours of Communist rule.
The fall of the Soviet empire was the final act in a wave of geopolitical madness going all the way back to the opening salvos of World War I in 1914, a century of diplomatic bluster and bloody internecine cruelty whose extents boggled even the imaginations of hardened cynics.
From my childhood I distinctly recall watching the night shot of the Communist ensign being lowered from the Kremlin’s flagpole (2:32). My father told me “you’ll never see that flag fly again.”
I say good riddance. Communism sucks.