The Cold War could have
ended in 1958 when Van Cliburn won the Piano Competition in Moscow. Van Cliburn
was overwhelmed with Russian applause and his stage with the profusion of
The judges asked Khrushchev
if they were permitted to award the prize to the American. Khrushchev asked,
“was he the best?” “Yes,” replied the judges. “Then give him the prize,” said
the Soviet leader.
Khrushchev achieved the
de-Stalinization of Russia and worked with US President John F. Kennedy to
defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Their cooperation opened an end to the Cold
War. However, hardliners in both countries removed both leaders from office,
thus condemning the world to the ever present risk of nuclear armageddon.
Thanks to the insane US governments in the post-Reagan era, this risk is higher
Here is a later performance
in Moscow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qROema2MDI Watch the hand work. It is
extraordinary that such a difficult piece of music is performed on both
occasions without a single missed key.
When President Reagan was
trying to end the Cold War, he invited Soviet leader Gorbachev to the White
House and prevailed on Van Cliburn to come out of retirement to perform in the
spirit of the 1958 tension-breaking performance. Gorbachev was enthralled.
Reagan was the last
American president. His successors, with the possible exception of George H. W.
Bush, have been mere puppets of the military/security complex. Yet, the
left-wing hates Reagan. The Amerian left-wing has dissolved into the stupidity
of Identity Politics and has even become an accomplice of the neoconservative
neoconservatives and the military/security complex have succeeded in destroying
the accomplishment of Reagan and Gorbachev, and have resurrected the prospect
of nuclear armageddon.