Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev – synonymous with “stagnation” in mainstream history – was always more of a Russian than a communist ideologue. Usually – but with exceptions – a man of peace and determined to maintain stability within the Soviet Union’s nonetheless muscular sphere of influence, Brezhnev did not allow his socialist government’s official stance of anti-racism to blind his natural distrust of Russia’s ideologically kindred but racially alien neighbors.
In 1969, long-simmering Sino-Soviet tensions were at the boiling point when, by some accounts, Brezhnev was preparing a preemptive strike to nip the nascent Chinese nuclear threat in the bud. According to Chinese historian Liu Chenshan, “Soviet diplomats warned Washington of Moscow’s plans ‘to wipe out the Chinese threat and get rid of this modern adventurer,’ with a nuclear strike, asking the U.S. to remain neutral.” The plan was discouraged, however, when the Nixon administration, preferring to maintain China as a counterbalance to Soviet power, threatened a nuclear strike against Russia if Brezhnev proceeded1. According to Henry Kissinger, Brezhnev again broached the possibility of a preemptive war with China in 1973:
Henry Kissinger and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev were sitting in a tree contemplating the world’s troubles when Brezhnev hinted at a possible attack on China, Kissinger said […]
The conversation took place in May 1973 in a hunting stand halfway up a tree in a game preserve 90 miles northeast of Moscow. Kissinger, who said he hated the killing of animals for sport, nonetheless had been persuaded by the Soviet leader to hunt wild boars.
From the stand, as Kissinger and Brezhnev ate cold cuts, drank beer and waited for the boars, Brezhnev talked about the “cannibalistic” Chinese who “might well in fact be cannibals,” wrote Kissinger.
The Soviet leader told Kissinger that the Chinese were building a nuclear arsenal. “The Soviet Union could not accept this passively,” Brezhnev said. “Something would have to be done.”
Kissinger interpreted this to mean the Soviet Union might conduct a preemptive attack against the Chinese. Brezhnev said his brother, who had worked in China as an engineer, found the Chinese to be “treacherous, arrogant and beyond the human pale.”
The former secretary of state, however, enjoyed a close rapport with the Chinese, particularly Chairman Mao Tse-tung […]2
The physicist Freeman Dyson, in his book The Scientist as Rebel, relates an even more intriguing anecdote about Brezhnev:
British prime ministers, soon after they come into office, customarily visit Washington and Moscow to get acquainted with American and Russian leaders. When Prime Minister James Callaghan made his state visit to Moscow he had two amicable meetings with Chairman Leonid Brezhnev. At the end of the second day he remarked that he was happy to discover that there were no urgent problems threatening to bring the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union into conflict. Brezhnev then replied with some emphatic words in Russian. Callaghan’s interpreter hesitated, and instead of translating Brezhnev’s remark asked him to repeat it. Brezhnev repeated it and the interpreter translated: “Mr. Prime Minister, there is only one important question facing us, and that is the question whether the white race will survive.” Callaghan was so taken aback that he did not venture either to agree or to disagree with this sentiment. He made his exit without further comment. What he had heard was a distant echo of the Mongol hoofbeat still reverberating in Russian memory.3
Aryan Skynet is pleased that no Chinese were annihilated, and yet feels compelled to consider what might have transpired and how world affairs would be different, perhaps changed for the better today if Brezhnev’s extended hand had been grasped in a show of transnational brotherhood. What if the leaders of the capitalist West – instead of prolonging the Cold War for military-industrial gain, and instead of kowtowing to financial interests, building up China’s industrial might, importing cheap goods, and offshoring jobs – had shared with Brezhnev the view that “there is only one important question facing us, and that is the question of whether the white race will survive”?
Rainer is the author of the blockbuster Alt-Right film book Protocols of the Elders of Zanuck: Psychological Warfare and Filth at the Movies.