Re: Well, it's just about FEAR
And you know that based on your extensive, real-life experience of living under Stalin's regime.
He is correct actually. Stalin went as far as engineering fake attempts at illegal border crossing by agents to set-up the full chain of propaganda. I suggest visiting the museum of Border Guards in Moscow, the exhibits from the 30-es make for an interesting viewing.
It takes MUCH MORE to engineer similar campaigns in this day and age because we have much better means to check and cross-reference. At the same time there is an order from above for the campaigns to be engineered. What is happening at present is that a Ronnie Raygun wannabie (with even lesser mental faculties) and a Maggie wannabie are trying to repeat the success of the Empire of Evil campaign which bankrupt the Soviet Union.
That worked a treat then. Empire of Evil. Out to conquer all of us. We will build superweapons to defend resulting into a weapons race. USSR and Warsaw Pact entered into after the "planned loan" disaster(*) of the 70-es with debts up to 100% of the GDP. They also tried to compete in that discipline and the result is as we say is history. The interesting aspect is the propaganda. Only people with clearance on both sides had the full picture so when Andropov's education ministry published the rag "Where is the threat of world piece coming from" (printed in Finland funnily enough) and handed it to every schoolchild people believed. Same on the other side. The result was that we nearly bequeathed the earth to the roaches.
When they try it now and they try it hard we can only laugh (and so does Stalin's black ops propaganda dept from under the marble plates on their graves by the way).
Example: 'Great power competition': Nato announces Atlantic command to counter Russia . If that happened in the cold war we would have said "Woaaaaah. Empire... of Evil... Wave the [stars and stripes | union jack]". What we say now is clowns. Money wasting clowns. Counter what? There is a total of 3 capital ships active in the Russian Northern fleet. Kuznetsov is in for repairs, Ushakov is not ready, half of the ASW brigade is in for repairs or overhaul and so are the destroyers. Pacific fleet has a grand total of 2 capital ships in use and Black sea fleet a grand total of F*CKING ZERO - it is only corvettes and missile boats. Going back to Stalin (and the exhibits in the museum of the Border Guards) he would not have allowed it. He would have set-up a proper provocation. Something with gas, poisons or even a blown up (to be scrapped) ship of the line.
The worst part of the whole clown show at the moment is that it is not Russia (as USSR had in the 1980s) going into the new weapons race with 100% GDP debt. It is us. So trying to repeat the feat of Ronny the Raygun and Maggie does not bode well as an idea. Not at all - especially considering that Russians are showing the mythical superweapons now. It looks like a mirror image of the 80-es, not a repeat.