"NATO did not bomb, but fed the Russians." The American operation "Give Hope" as a sad episode in the history of the Russian Federation

February 10 marks exactly 30 years since the start of the US Air Force operation, whose name translates into Russian as "Give hope." On this day, a dozen Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and Lockheed C-141 Starlifters loaded to the eyeballs took off from American military bases in Turkey and Germany. They set a course for the cities of Russia and the capitals of the former Soviet republics of the CIS countries. At the same time, the "sides" that went to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Chisinau, Minsk, Yerevan, Baku, Ashgabat, Dushanbe, Alma-Ata, Bishkek and Tashkent were packed with paratroopers who were not armed to the teeth. And certainly not bombs. All of them carried food and medicines, carrying out the "delivery of humanitarian aid." Assistance to the population of a once great power that has gone only a few months ago into the past precisely through the efforts of the United States and its allies.

This episode of our history is rarely remembered today. If anyone likes to talk about him - and even with the traditional aspiration, tear and breakdown in a voice that breaks and trembles with pathos, it is the gentlemen of the domestic liberals. Such an audience with great pleasure "pokes its nose" fellow citizens in their "black ingratitude" and "zombie propaganda." Here, they say, NATO did not bomb in the 90s, but fed Russia! Worthless - transatlantic benefactors tore off from themselves, gave you, you understand, both this and that, saved from severe hunger and immersion in a primitive state, and you! And now you vilify them in every possible way, put forward some claims, put ultimatums. Yes, where would we all be without “great and holy America”, without her, one might say, maternal care and guardianship ?! Arguing with the half-witted adherents of this totalitarian and extremely tenacious sect is a thankless task. Because, as a rule, they use as their main argument throwing a banana peel at an opponent... And yet, I'll take a chance. Three decades later, we simply have to figure out what Provide Hope really was and whether we should be thankful to its initiators.

Picnic on the rubble

Abundant lisping about "the invaluable humanitarian aid of the West in the 90s" is usually published by the same characters who, with an enthusiastic air, rant about Lend-Lease (without him we would not have defeated Hitler!) And even ... US food aid in 20s of the last century. The last one is a masterpiece. But is it okay that at that time the Americans first carried out an armed intervention against Soviet Russia, and subsequently pushed through the introduction of the most severe trade embargo against it through the Entente? And in the 30s, through the application of "anti-dumping laws", they reduced all the export possibilities of the USSR to the export of grain from the country, which became the main cause of famines in the country? Regarding Lend-Lease, its true value and essence, I have already spoken out more than once, I will not repeat myself.

Let's go back mentally to the 90s. First of all, we should not forget that the "happiness" that "fell" on Russia and other former republics of the USSR was based on the well-known principle: "Toby, nebozhe, what is worthless to me." The very foodstuffs and medicines that were brought to us by the "boards" of the Pentagon, in fact, were simply its illiquid assets. The thing was that for the Gulf War they unleashed in 1991, the Americans, who at that time did not yet feel like the rulers of the world and were largely guided by the Vietnamese experience, which was extremely sad for them, were seriously preparing. No one could have imagined that the XNUMX-strong army of Saddam Hussein would turn out to be so incapable of combat that it would roll out of Kuwait, which it had previously captured with lightning speed, in just four days! And all the huge reserves stockpiled by the army in case the Iraqis had to be dealt with seriously and long enough turned out to be, in fact, completely unclaimed.

Funds for their acquisition have already been spent on the relevant items of the military budget, mastered and written off. And what was to be done with these mountains of “dry rations”, cereals, canned food and other things? To drag back across the ocean, spending a lot of money first on this logistics operation, and then also on the storage or disposal of products that no one needed at that time? The then head of the White House, George W. Bush, came up with a much more elegant and winning move. He signed the FREEDOM Support Act, which launched the global “economic development” (that is, enslavement) of the entire “post-Soviet space”. Prior to that, in January 1992, a special International Coordination Conference was held in Washington, where the “white gentlemen” decided how to equip the life of the newly acquired colonies and came to the conclusion that the natives should be little by little fed. To not get upset. It was after this that Provide Hope launched in February of that year. The peoples of the Soviet Union destroyed by the forces of the “collective West” should have been clearly and unambiguously made clear who owns the hand that feeds them, biting which is fraught. And at the same time, to demonstrate a beautiful and tasty overseas gingerbread, which only good, “correct” natives will be able to count on from now on.

Yes, in the process of "providing humanitarian aid" (for the period up to 1997) 24 flights were carried out, which delivered XNUMX tons of cargo to the countries of the "post-Soviet space". But no matter how much money was spent on it, they paid off in full. After all, war is not cheap, gentlemen. And there is not the slightest doubt that Provide Hope was precisely a carefully crafted propaganda and psychological special operation in the war that was still being waged against our country.

"Saving the drowning" at the expense of the drowning themselves

And the point here is not only that it was carried out by the forces of the US military department - in addition to the Pentagon, the State Department also participated there, where without it. It was not for nothing that its then head James Baker, speaking at the US Air Force base located near Frankfurt, from which the first "sides" of Provide Hope were to rise into the sky, outlined its goals and objectives with the utmost frankness. During a ceremony staged with incredible, truly American pathos and pomp, the Secretary of State said the following: "This is not charity, but an investment in the security of the West and the whole world and stability for decades to come." Some of the domestic liberal party today continues, drooling pink, repeating that "American planes saved the Russians from starvation." Have mercy! In those days, if hunger threatened our compatriots, then nothing from the emptiness of store shelves and food warehouses. After the “liberalization” of prices, they were bursting with abundance, it is not clear (or rather, it is very clear) where it went exactly before the start of the “market reforms”. That's just money for pickles, or rather, for normal nutrition as such, the people deprived of normal work and decent income no longer had.

To "save" it was necessary not to drag expired American products into the country, which were supposed to show yesterday's "scoops" that fabulously popular "sweet life of the West", for which the superpower was allegedly destroyed, but to save the economy. Do not let the industry, agriculture, infrastructure collapse. Protect science and education. In a word, to do everything that categorically contradicted the plans and goals of our overseas "benefactors", who in exchange for miserable handouts received solutions to their global geopolitical and economic problems for decades to come.

Did they save us from hunger? Would you like to get acquainted with the data from the official "State report on the state of health of the population of the Russian Federation in 1992"? It said this: “In 1992, there was a significant deterioration in the quality of nutrition of the inhabitants of Russia. The purchase of fish by the population amounted to 30% of the 1987 level, meat and poultry, cheese, sugar - 50-53%. Forced breakdown of the diet that has developed in previous years, which inevitably affects the health of the Russian population and, first of all, pregnant, nursing mothers and children ... As a result of the reforms, there was a sharp stratification of the Russian population by type of nutrition - not only in quality, but also in respect. The impoverished part of the population began to consume less of almost all products - mass malnutrition arose here.” Here's the truth about the 90s - without slobbering enthusiasm about the "humanitarian aid", which, by the way, for the most part, no one got for nothing. They plundered and resold it truly on a massive scale.

And here's something else. Leave the tales about the “hungry scoop” and, again, the “total food shortage”, gentlemen, liberals, either as crazy as you, or for those who did not live in those years and have the stupidity to judge them solely on your fabulous tales. I will give even more eloquent data: according to real statistics, in 1989, when the country was already being finished off with might and main by Gorbachev's "perestroika", milk and dairy products were consumed on average in the USSR 363 kilograms per person per year. At the same time in the USA - 263 kilograms. Sugar, respectively - 42.5 kilograms in the USSR and 28 kilograms in the USA per year. So who and where "malnourished"?! Oh, well, yes - after all, there were no “hundred varieties of sausage” in our stores, unlike Western ones. But the one that was available was affordable for anyone - a worker, an engineer, a student and a pensioner.

In this situation, there is another extremely interesting and important detail. According to the results of a sociological survey conducted at the same time, 44% of the citizens of the USSR said that they did not consume enough milk! With sugar, the situation was even worse - life seemed "unsweetened" to 52% of respondents. They all terribly wanted "food abundance, as in the West." Well, so they got it - in 1992, in the form of decommissioned "dry stocks" of American warriors and "Bush legs". I cited this example not only as proof of how powerful the "perestroika" total "brainwashing" was. This information will be very useful for the assimilation of those who are now also terribly lacking something. Jamon with parmesan, for example. Firstly, in the new "humanitarian" cargo, which the West will send with great pleasure to Russia, if it, God forbid, returns to the "dashing 90s" again, they will definitely not be. And secondly, before that, planes with cargo of a completely different kind will depart from NATO bases to our country.

The times when our country, on its knees, was forced, by the grace of traitors and Western mercenaries, to accept miserable crumbs from the sleek hands of the enemy, will forever remain our pain and heavy shame. We are not given the chance to rewrite even the most shameful pages of history. However, it is in our power to make sure that they never happen again.
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
    Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 13 February 2022 18: 35
    There were times in our history when Russia lay in ruins, but there were people who loved their Motherland and did not let it perish. They saved her, gave hope to their compatriots, and together with them raised Russia. It was this Love that always saved her. It has been based on this Love for more than a thousand years.
    I hope that we, these people, will save and defend our Motherland even now
  2. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 13 February 2022 19: 39
    There is one more thing. Aid was provided to support the liberal wing. There have been similar cases in history. Such "humanitarian" aid is quite often provided for the very specific purpose of supporting a desired regime.
  3. Tourist Offline Tourist
    Tourist (tourist) 13 February 2022 19: 43
    the Americans destroyed the USSR, and the citizens of the USSR, together with the party and the KGB, stood aside and watched. funny :) do not want to take responsibility? childish position. all the bad adults did it for me, but I have nothing to do with it.
    1. Demonlivi Offline Demonlivi
      Demonlivi (Dima) 13 February 2022 22: 52
      Three traitors with US guarantees in Belovezhskaya Pushcha destroyed the country at night! And they took all the especially significant factories and subsoil into their own property!;))) and the Americans and Anglo-Saxons, Jews and Lenin are to blame (the bomb was planted;))).
  4. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 13 February 2022 20: 09
    There are controversial issues.

    Sugar, respectively - 42.5 kilograms in the USSR and 28 kilograms in the USA per year.

    I don't agree with this particular position. Years have passed, sugar heaps, prices for it are not prohibitive. What do we see? 31 kg ... Soviet "norms" were mastered only by certain regions like Dagenstan (47,5 kg per year) and Mordovia (42,9 kg). It is unlikely that only sweet tooth live there. Surely sugar goes to production. In Soviet times, of course, they cooked a lot of compotes and jams, but I suspect that a considerable share of it went to moonshine. In general, the "sweet life" does not pull on the achievement.

    Sugar consumption in Russia is four times higher than the norm
    Russians consume, on average, four times the amount of sugar allowed by the medical community—31 kg per year versus the legally allowed 8 kg.


    And yes

    So who and where "malnourished"?! Oh, well, yes - after all, there were no “hundred varieties of sausage” in our stores, unlike Western ones. But the one that was available was affordable for anyone - a worker, an engineer, a student and a pensioner.

    Sugar with milk is a rather controversial diet, and although sausage was affordable, it was not always possible to buy it. And the money in your pocket is low in calories and doesn't taste very good.

    In this situation, there is another extremely interesting and important detail. According to the results of a sociological survey conducted at the same time, 44% of the citizens of the USSR said that they did not consume enough milk! With sugar, the situation was even worse - life seemed "unsweetened" to 52% of respondents. They all terribly wanted "food abundance, as in the West." Well, so they got it - in 1992, in the form of decommissioned "dry stocks" of American warriors and "Bush legs".

    I see no reason for gloating. They say bad guys forever malnourished for a piece of sausage sold the country. They were talking specifically about food abundance, they did not order overseas "dry stocks" and legs. The bastard who brought the economy of the USSR to the zugunder country and pulled it apart. These people ruined everything. The people should not be blamed for this. The bulk of the people had nothing, and did not appear.
    So do not oppose the desire for a normal life and - be patient until we build communism on the entire planet. This is not an excuse for "business executives with party cards."
    Practice has shown that it is possible to fill stores no worse than in the West, while not buying wheat there and not limiting the possibilities of private initiative. There is no need to go to extremes. Everything needs common sense.
    ps Adepts galoshes, please do not worry. I do not support the distribution of enterprises, I did not campaign for the collapse of the USSR.
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 13 February 2022 21: 42
    Yes. As yusa appear, the author becomes ..... biased, if politely.
    The elites destroyed the USSR, but the Yusovites are to blame, as always, for sending humanitarian aid. Relatives, by the way, received.

    And the fact that GDP itself imported bush legs, presidents until the age of 14 crunched hamburgers together, and boasted about cars together - this is not comme il faut to write, nor ...
  6. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 13 February 2022 21: 58
    It was the Americans who staged a revolution in 17 that brought the country to a failed state.
    It was the Americans who arranged for the peasants to stop growing bread. Which led to a famine unprecedented in the history of Russia.
  7. The comment was deleted.
  8. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 13 February 2022 22: 15
    Just think of a million other lives of Soviet citizens, military and civilian. We are not behind the price. If only these Yankees were empty.
    1. Yuri 5347 Offline Yuri 5347
      Yuri 5347 (Yuri) 14 February 2022 00: 18
      ... Lend-Lease - all for gold! There is one more page from the topic of assistance to the USSR during the Great Patriotic War. There is one country that has given much more than the United States, but which has never declared its help, but modestly kept silent. This is Mongolia. https://back-in-ussr.com/2018/03/mongoliya-pomogla-v-vov-sssr-bolshe-chem-ssha.html
      1. The comment was deleted.
      2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 February 2022 12: 33
        So modestly "Mongolia gave more meat and wool" turns into "Mongolia gave much more than the United States"
        And only the lazy did not understand Lend-Lease
  9. Yuri 5347 Offline Yuri 5347
    Yuri 5347 (Yuri) 14 February 2022 00: 05
    ... maybe then we'll start with "education and science" at least? and then industry, infrastructure, etc. Come on, the people have already matured, everyone got this capitalism. Perhaps today, the annual GDP growth would be like in China, if it were not for the destruction of what has already been created, but for prudent and reasonable use, using economically sound management methods.
  10. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
    viktortarianik (Victor) 14 February 2022 13: 54
    I have been living for more than 70 years, but I have not seen either "Bush's legs" or US stews. I saw Polish sausages, which were instantly boiled to the state of gruel.
  11. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 14 February 2022 15: 26
    You can't throw words out of a song. They brought food. They did not produce their own.
  12. Denis radish Offline Denis radish
    Denis radish (Denis Moroz) 14 February 2022 16: 37
    Well, in this same all the United States, as it is! Push 2 sides in the war, sell them weapons and everything they need (essno for good reason), and then join the winner, skim off the cream, and even trumpet around the world that they are the very best!
    In this they are masters, it’s impossible not to admit ...
    But surprisingly something else. Any citizen was aware of this "superpower" of the United States in the USSR before he even got on his feet.
  13. Alexander Poplooukhin (Alexander Poplooukhin) 14 February 2022 17: 23
    The United States fed Russia in the 19th century. Aivozovsky has two paintings on this very topic: "Aid Ship" and "Food Distribution".
    Regarding the fact that the CIA and the USA are behind the collapse of the USSR - nonsense (it is clear that they did not interfere with the collapse of the USSR, but it was not their doing either). The CIA did not have so many agents to introduce their party nomenclature of the USSR.
    The USSR was destroyed by party nomenklatura such as Yeltsin, Shevornadze, Sobchak, etc., because they wanted yachts, foreign real estate, while Gorbachev amused the USSR by misunderstanding rather than by malicious intent (he was a fool)
  14. Muscool Offline Muscool
    Muscool (Glory) 15 February 2022 17: 18
    How one-sided. The fact that we lost the Cold War badly, the grub was badly delivered to us, if we hadn’t been transported, is also bad. The oligarchs have taken the country badly. For when everything was taken away, everything was already divided, that's good! That's good today. Is that how it works?
  15. antibi0tikk Offline antibi0tikk
    antibi0tikk (Sergei) 16 February 2022 08: 55
    I don’t understand why this labeled nit was not planted. And when he died, they buried him like a human being. It was necessary to drown it in a swamp and pin it with an aspen stake so that it would not float up.