Has Gorbachev Really Killed Communism?

Mikhail Gorbachev applauded while the Berlin Wall was torn down on November 9, 1989. The fall of the Wall signaled the end of the Cold War.  The European Revolution continued its sweep across Europe toppling communist regimes like dominoes. All the while, the leader of the communist world, Mikhail Gorbachev, looked on with approval! The news media around the world proclaimed the death of communism. But the nagging question would not go away. Why was the avowed leader of the communist world applauding? Soon it became obvious that the opposite from the media claims was actually true. Within nine years 13 out of 15 Western European countries had elected socialist governments. Apparently, while the West was winning the arms race, the socialists had won the ideological war. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the iron curtain, a new world order indeed had been born. But it was destined to be comprised of nations that now embrace socialism. The following article appeared in Endtime magazine’s first edition, March/April 1991. As you can see, it predicted from the prophecies what has now become reality.

Berlin Wall Falls Giving Birth to the New World Order

By Irvin Baxter

“Many have labeled the 1989 European Revolution as the death of Communism. If this is true, why was Mikhail Gorbachev the driving force behind it all?”

Enter Mikhail Gorbachev

In 1985 the personage of Mikhail Gorbachev burst upon the world scene. Andrei Gromyko, the long time foreign minister of the Soviet Union, while nominating Gorbachev to lead Russia before the politburo said of him, “Comrades, this man has a nice smile, but he has iron teeth.”  

The European Revolution

It seemed that it all began in Poland. Solidarity, led by Lech Walesa, had become a force that could no longer be denied. At the same time, Hungary amazed the world by boldly dismantling the iron curtain that separated it from Austria. When East Germans realized that the way to freedom was now open through Hungary, they began to flee to the West by the thousands. In an attempt to stop this massive hemorrhage of its brightest and most productive citizens, East Germany moved to prohibit all travel. Massive demonstrations of East Germans chanting “We want Gorbi” were triggered throughout the country by this action. With threats of intervention, Gorbachev could have stopped the rising tide of revolution. Why didn’t he?   Then on November 9, 1989, he shocked the world with the historic decision to open the 28-year-old Berlin Wall. Euphoria filled the streets of Berlin.   The world watched in awe as this revolution swept with breathtaking speed through Eastern Europe. The most amazing thing of all was that Mikhail Gorbachev was giving his approval to what appeared to be the death of the communist movement!

What Gives Here?

All of these developments are a direct result of Gorbachev’s program of ‘perestroika’. Everything is obviously proceeding according to plan. But what is the plan? What is the ultimate goal—the vision toward which the world is moving at breathtaking speed?   For the answers we go to Gorbachev’s book, Perestroika. Gorbachev disappeared from the world scene for two months in the fall of 1987. At the time some thought that he had been toppled from power. However, when he reappeared it was learned that he had written a book, Perestroika—New Thinking for Our Country and the World. In this book he described the desired “new world order” as he envisioned it, and set forward the path that must be followed to achieve it.   The question foremost in many minds is, “Do these plans include the extinction of Communism?”   For the answer let’s listen to Gorbachev’s own words: Perestroika:   On page 36 he states: “To put an end to all rumors and speculations that abound in the West about this, I would like to point out once again that we are conducting all our reforms in accordance with the socialist choice. We are looking within Socialism, rather than outside it, for the answers to all the questions that arise. Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be greatly disappointed.”   Page 37:

We will proceed toward better Socialism rather than away from it. We are saying this honestly, without trying to fool our own people or the world. Any hopes that we will begin to build a different, non-socialist society and go over to the other camp are unrealistic and futile. Those in the West who expect us to give up Socialism will be disappointed.” In an exclusive interview given to Time magazine, 1990, months after the velvet revolution, Gorbachev said, “I am a communist. I know this scares some people, but it’s perfectly natural and nothing to be afraid of.

There you have it! In Gorbachev’s own words, he adamantly denies the slightest departure from Socialism and reaffirms his allegiance to Communism. So Gorbachev’s goal is not the dismantling of Socialism. But if not, then what is the goal?

A New World Order

During his 1990 visit to the United States, Gorbachev was quoted in the Duluth News-Tribune (June 5, 1990) as calling for the establishment of a new world order. He had referred to this many times in his book, Perestroika. What does he really have in mind?   For over a decade the pro-Marxist nations have held the majority of votes at the United Nations. Gorbachev understands that the doctrine of Socialism has so permeated the world that, if put on a democratic basis, the majority of nations of the world would choose socialism. I’m sure that Gorbachev is amused when, while the US press announces the death of Communism, we are adopting more and more socialistic measures. We have social security, extensive welfare, and seem sure to launch government health insurance and daycare in the near future. In his book, Mandate for Peace, Gorbachev said, “We are ready for the most radical measures including total disarmament and submitting to an international authority.”   Gorbachev is not alone in trumpeting the dawning of a new world order. Pope John Paul II promoted this theme. President George H. W. Bush said, “Iraq is the first test for the new world order.”   This new world order will be a Union of World Socialist Republics under the United Nations.