Tretyakov's Warning

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Spymaster, double agent and Russian defector Sergei Tretyakov reportedly died on June 13 of cardiac arrest. The story of Tretyakov's life may be read in Pete Earley's book, Comrade J. According to Earley, Tretyakov was the most important defector in many years, and his motive was to warn the American people about Russia. On Earley's official website we are told that Tretyakov "was fond of saying that the Cold War never ended." The American people, however, are not fond of listening.

It is frustrating to deal with this issue because the "end of the Cold War" is the undying myth of our time. We simply cannot abandon this myth, since our hopes and dreams are predicated upon it. America's last four presidents reiterated, again and again, that the Cold War was over. The news media uses the "end of the Cold War" as a standard line in stories related to Russia. It is convenient to believe what our presidents and our media have been saying. But it is flat wrong. "I want to warn Americans," Tretyakov told Earley. "As a people, you are very naive about Russia and its intentions. You believe because the Soviet Union no longer exists, Russia is now your friend. It isn't, and I can show you how the SVR [formerly KGB] is trying to destroy the U.S. even today and even more than the KGB did during the Cold War."

Most Americans would like to set Tretyakov's warning aside. What does it mean to say that the Russian SVR is trying to destroy the United States? Surely this must be an exaggeration. But no, it is not an exaggeration. If you want to understand Russia's leaders, study the motives of the far Left. For a long time, the far Left has swallowed Russian lies and disinformation. They have come to believe that America is essentially a criminal enterprise. Logically, therefore, they sympathize with the erstwhile goals of the former Soviet Union. And those goals were never abandoned, according to Tretyakov.

Of the important secrets that Tretyakov revealed, the most important was Russia's intentions. Spy satellites cannot reveal this. Only a double agent, from within the enemy's system, who works near the top, can reveal such a thing. You might suppose that anyone seeking to destroy America is insane, that nobody would do such a thing, that no government on earth strives to this end. But you would be mistaken to think this. Consider what a GRU defector, Col. Stanislav Lunev, said about Russia's top leadership:

"These are not human beings. These are crazy persons." And more recently, I should relate what former KGB Lt. Col. Victor Kalashnikov told me on Saturday: "The situation is now becoming more dangerous." Consider the Russian military exercises near the Estonian and Finnish borders."Estonians are quite keen to distinguish between rhetoric from Moscow and real actions," he said. "The Estonian military has studied these exercises. They are of great extent, the greatest since the Soviet Union."

Russia is preparing to dominate Europe. "What is more interesting," said Kalashnikov, "is the timing. Why now?" He pointed to the Persian Gulf situation, which is on the point of escalating. Iran will soon be able to mass produce nuclear warheads. Will the Americans launch a preemptive strike against Iran? Will the Iranians retaliate with terrorist attacks against major cities? You see, Russia is positioning itself to exploit the situation, militarily as well as economically. The Estonians, noted Kalashnikov, "see Russian power growing along the borders of NATO. They see that the West is quite slow to recognize the emerging realities." And it is this slowness, this unwillingness, that leaves us so vulnerable in the weeks and months to come.

America has been penetrated by Russian spies. The American mass media, politics, education and business have been "influenced" by Russian agents. There are those who are so damaged within themselves, that they seek the destruction of their own country. And so, the problem of confronting Russia's war preparations entails a larger problem. It is a problem we cannot deal with. It is the problem of a large and emotionally committed fifth column of deluded individuals. Poisonous ideas have wormed their way into our system, so that the enemy's ideology has become the catechism of the coming generation. Meanwhile, as Kalashnikov explained to me on Saturday: "The geostrategic situation in Europe will change quite soon if the appeasement policy is not changed." 

Tretyakov tried to warn the American people, but the American people didn't want to hear. Somehow, despite the fact he was the subject of a best-selling book, Tretyakov's most important message was ignored by nearly everybody. The same happened with Alexander Litvinenko, who was assassinated in London four years ago after attempting to warn the British people that Vladimir Putin was behind the Islamic terrorism, that al Qaeda was led by Russian secret agents. With coverage on Litvinenko's death from major television news programs, not one program mentioned Litvinenko's warning. And now, with Tretyakov's death, not one television news program will mention his warning.

So I am obligated to say something, because nobody else seems willing to step up: The Russian government seeks to destroy the United States and dominate Europe. If we want to honor the memory of Sergei Tretyakov, we need to honor his message.

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