It really has taken me that long to plow my way through history with fits and turns and blind allies, and come out understanding what Fuller set forth in about 300 words below. But I take solace as there are so many lies told about that war, especially here in the West, that to come to Fuller’s conclusion on my own is itself an accomplishment.
It must be remembered that, in their 1920s-formulated, successive-multistaged five-year industrial planning, the Russians had assumed a World War II to occur in the early 1940’s, at which time it would be evident to the private-enterprise world that socialism could be successful – which private enterprise had always said would be impossible – ergo, the private-enterprise-dominated countries would start a war to destroy socialism but would do it in a highly deceptive manner by having a Nazi propaganda offensive launched against the German industrial cartels, which would suddenly be turned against the U.S.S.R. This is exactly what happened. The Germans first made the U.S.S.R. their ally. When well into Poland and at the Russian border, the Nazis turned treacherously against the U.S.S.R. The anti-U.S.S.R. strategy of the “Cliveden set” miscarried when, soon thereafter, the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. became allies.
No one in the U.S.A. can understand the bitterness as yet existent* in the U.S.S.R. over the millions of U.S.S.R. troops and civilians killed by the Nazis. The U.S.S.R. could not understand the U.S.A. rearming the Germans, with whom the U.S.S.R. was much more concerned as a World War IV enemy than with the U.S.A. as such an enemy.
The Russians had assumed in their five-year planning that when World War II terminated, they would be able to divert all their high industrial productivity toward advantaging all their people to prove that socialism could produce and economically desirable life-style equal to or better than the provided by capitalism. Again the Russian planning became thwarted when Western capitalism, which had been socialized by FDR’s New Deal, realized at the cessation of World War II that it could not carry on without the vast government procurement program which is occasioned only by war. To cope with this situation the capitalists invented World War III (which they called the cold war).
The Russians queried the U.S., their supposed ally, “Who are you going to fight?” and the U.S.A. answered, “You.”
(R. Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, p191)
*Even today. Critical Path was Published in 1981