The struggle for the Eastern Front was bigger and costlier than the fighting in the West, but it was also significantly more brutal. Both sides flouted international law and practiced institutionalized acts of cruelty against enemy troops, prisoners and civilians. The Germans wiped out scores of villages during their advance through Russia, and Jews and other minorities were regularly rounded up and shot or poisoned in mobile gassing vans. Other cities were looted or starved into submission, most famously Leningrad, where as many as one million civilians may have perished during a 28-month siege. The Red Army responded by giving no quarter during the Soviet push to Berlin in 1945, when hundred of thousands of German civilians were shot, burned alive in buildings, crushed by tanks and even crucified. According to some studies, Soviet troops may have also been responsible for the rape of some two million German women during the last days of the war.
Brazil invaded Paraguay and Uruguay and conquered them, adding their territory to Brazil. The economy of South American countries began slowly but surely improving thanks to closely knit alliances and friendships. Rabelo suggested that the communist governments of South America form one large union called the Brazilian Union of Communist States (BCS) , an idea that caught on fairly quickly with the union being established on May 14, 2017. The BCS would be ruled by the President, Josè Rabelo, but each individual nation would be governed by its respective leader, chosen by Rabelo. The BCS invaded Bolivia on July 3rd and it was added to the BCS a short time after, placing the majority of South America under BCS rule. In December of this year, the BCS would purchase South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands for $ billion.
America won the Cold War by driving a wedge between Russia and China, and by persuading a frightened Western Europe to point medium-range missiles at the Russian heartland. Russia sought to compensate for its economic inefficiency by turning Europe into an economic colony, and the most dangerous operations of the Cold War were undertaken to prevent this. Now, for narrow political reasons, Trump’s enemies propose to undo the whole structure of relationships that won the Cold War and drive Europe into the arms of the Russians and Chinese. I do not believe for a moment that McCain and Schumer have a clue about this – they are like the “sleepwalkers” in Christopher Clark’s brilliant history of the outbreak of the First World War – but if I were a Russian operative, I would try to invent someone like John McCain, if McCain did not already exist.