Schmemann's and the NYT's sin is to put world peace in grave danger for the sake of an ideology as groundless and inhumane as the Soviet Communism it was fabricated to challenge.
An Open Letter to Serge Schmemann of the NY Times Editorial Board
by Gilbert Doctorow, Ph.D.
In Friday’s Russia Insider, which I doubt you read, Oliver Stone alleges that you are the author of many of the ongoing diatribes against Vladimir Putin and Russia generally appearing as editorials in The New York Times.
If true, that is very regrettable, for it puts you in the running, alongside Tom Ridge as the first Secretary of Homeland Security to be the most destructive member of our Harvard Class of 1967.
Tom's sin against our nation was to facilitate Bush's assault on Americans' civil liberties. Your and the NYT's sin is to put world peace in grave danger for the sake of an ideology as groundless and inhumane as the Soviet Communism it was fabricated to challenge.
What I cannot understand is how you wrote such a glowing review a year ago about Dominic Lieven's latest book End of Tsarist Russia, given that Lieven represents exactly the opposite end of descendants of the White Emigration from yourself. Lieven scrupulously reinterprets Russia's achievements under Alexander I in the European wars against Napoleon by using Russian archival sources and putting himself in the shoes of Russia's leaders.
This is a kind of mental exercise you and your colleagues on the NYT editorial board seen incapable of. By its reporting and editorials on Russia-related issues your paper makes a mockery of your front page appeal to readers to support independent journalism. The paper has become a mere accessory to the Hillary Clinton wing of the Democratic Party.
Nonetheless, in the spirit of the season, I wish you and yours all the best for 2017. Hopefully, by the time our paths cross at the reunion all the despicable policies of the Obama administration including its colossal blunders over Russia will have been swept into the dustbin of history and The Times's editorial board will be yesterday's news.
© Gilbert Doctorow, 2016
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G. Doctorow is the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd. His latest book, Does Russia Have a Future? was published in August 2015.