Thursday, February 02, 2006

President Bush Mentions Former Presidents Clinton And Bush Senior In His State Of The Union Address -- But Not Former President Yeltsin

"Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin celebrated his 75th birthday Wednesday and took a shot at U.S. foreign policy, saying Washington is monopolizing world affairs and using force to get its way.

He lashed out at the United States for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and threats against Iran, saying it is pursuing its goals "with a sword in the hand" and suggesting it was bungling the war on terrorism.

"Islam will not forgive the Americans for a long time - the fact that they destroyed a country like Iraq, and war continues there," Yeltsin told [Russian] Channel One television.

"I do not like the fact that the monopolistic policy by the Americans continues," he said.

Some 200 guests were invited to an evening gala at the Kremlin to honor Russia's first post-Soviet president more than six years after he resigned. Several former world leaders were among those slated to attend, including former President Clinton and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl." ...

Mike Eckel "Yeltsin Turns 75 With Shot at U.S. Policy" Associated Press February 1, 2006. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

Mikhail Gorbachev's Former Summer House, Foros, Crimea, Ukraine (The Autonomous Republic of Crimea), as viewed from the new Yalta - Sevastopol highway. Mikhail Gorbachev was the last Soviet (USSR) President, and his house arrest at Foros, in August 1991, quickly led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of that year. Earlier, President Gorbachev won the 1990 Nobel Prize for Peace.

From the Nobel Prize Committee's Press Release of 1990:

"During the last few years, dramatic changes have taken place in the relationship between East and West. Confrontation has been replaced by negotiations. Old European nation states have regained their freedom. The arms race is slowing down and we see a definite and active process in the direction of arms control and disarmament. Several regional conflicts have been solved or have at least come closer to a solution. The UN is beginning to play the role which was originally planned for it in an international community governed by law.

These historic changes spring from several factors, but in 1990 the Nobel Committee wants to honor Mikhail Gorbachev for his many and decisive contributions. The greater openness he has brought about in Soviet society has also helped promote international trust.

In the opinion of the Committee, this peace process, which Gorbachev has contributed so significantly to, opens up new possibilities for the world community to solve its pressing problems across ideological, religious, historical and cultural dividing lines."


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