• He was right. I saw this when I realized two of my refugee friends had to leave their house because of US-led bombing in the city. As friends he couldn’t hold it against me personally, and as an American I had to put down my “America is always righteous” perspective. And I saw that when two of my other Russian friends, newly married, visited a museum in Budapest and were shocked to learn for the first time that the other Communist countries in the Warsaw Pact really DIDN’T want to Soviet army in their countries – contrary to what they had been told all their lives. They were both about 23 and mostly grew up after the collapse of the Soviet Union.