Dear LR,Here are La Russophobe's Top 10 reasons, I.Q., for not calling herself a "sovietophobe." Feedback from readers is welcome in the comments section or by email.
It seems to me that you ought to call yourself "La Sovietophobe" rather than "La Russophobe." It's clear to me that you have affection for Russians and, compared to an average person, a detailed knowledge of their culure, history and politics. It's not Russians you hate, it's Soviets. In fact, you're trying to save Russians from Soviets. So why not call yourself La Sovietophobe?
Very truly yours,
"Sovietophobe" doesn't come trippingly off the tongue. It lacks poetry. Actually, to be technically correct it would have to be "neo-Sovietophobe" and that's just silly.
"Sovietophobe" isn't a perfect trap for the unwary Russophile idiot, who condemns you for judging Russia too harshly while judging you based on nothing more than your name. Another wonderful little trap is when such a person calls you a "racist," ignoring the fact that "Russian" is a nationality, not a race, and betraying their own racism.
There aren't any people who actually call themselves "Soviets" . . . yet.
One conceivably could destroy all that is Soviet in Russia without putting the country on the path to happiness. Many think there's a good deal of fascism to be found in Russia today, for instance, and there's certainly a dearth of economic equality such as the Soviets were striving for. The term "neo-Soviet" implies all that was bad in the USSR plus some new bad stuff.
Nobody knows what a "sovietophobe" means. "Russophobe" means somebody who hates what's going on in Russia and blames the people for it. We can live with that.
"Russophobe" is a highly urgent term which aptly encapsulates the emergency that we face in Russia today.
Howard Stern. Rush Limbaugh. Don Imus. Think they're not "serious" enough to solve the "Russia problem"? Well, how far have all the "serious" folks got us so far? A problem doesn't get solved when nobody's talking about it, and those guys get people talking. Just look how the egghead liberal democrats are trying to copy them with "Air America."
If you think changing the name would make it more likely that the neo-Soviet Union will end sooner rather than later, put your money where your mouth is. Lay an offer on the table. You want something from La Russophobe? What are you prepared to do for her in return?
Barry Goldwater said: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." The name sends the clear message to the apologists for Russian dictatorship that there will be a harsh price to pay for disseminating lies and propaganda injurious to world democracy.
"Sovietophobe" tends to deflect and dilute the responsiblity of the Russian people for their situation. Don't forget: The main reason La Russophobe hates Russians is because they are destroying themselves, in particular their innocent children. Russians are doing that, not Soviets. After all, the root cause of Sovietism is Russians, just as the root cause of crime is criminals. If Russians want to shut La Russophobe up, all they have to do is stop failing.