Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet-era leader known for establishing friendly relations with the United States, is now questioning the stability of the U.S. and claiming that he knows who perpetrated the attack on the nation’s capital.
“The assault on the Capitol was evidently planned in advance, and it is clear by whom,” he told RT, Russia’s state-run media. RT, without evidence, speculated in its write-up that he was referring to the Trump administration.
Gorbachev added that the civil unrest “called into question the future fate of the United States as a state,” predicting that a “new generation” of those who oppose the prospect of domestic strife will, as he and former President Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s, “turn to detente.”
“People who do not want war will unite, and their leaders will have to find a way out,” he said. “They will find new forms of treaties, which take into account new types of weapons.”
Despite tension continuing to plague the U.S. after the attack, Gorbachev remained optimistic that his vision for a more peaceful future would be realized.
“We must not lose hope,” he said. “I don’t lose hope in young people.”
Gorbachev’s remarks come as international reactions to Wednesday’s attack on Capitol Hill continue to unfold. British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, who is chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed with Gorbachev’s contention that the U.S. will suffer diminished global standing as a result of the attacks.
“The US Republic has inspired millions. Not today,” he tweeted.
The notion was supported by Philippine Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who noted the “irony of all ironies” as Congress was placed under lockdown.
“Democracy is put to shame in the world’s greatest democracy,” he said.
Others have adopted a more reflective tone in their reactions, such as Pope Francis, who offered a prayerful message on Sunday afternoon.
“I am praying for the United States of America, shaken by the recent attack on Congress. I pray for those who lost their life,” he said. “Violence is always self-destructive. I urge everyone to promote a culture of encounter and of care to construct the common good.”
Source: Washington Examiner : Mikhail Gorbachev says he knows who organized attack on Capitol
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