He does seems anti-war now.
Russians say he was President but never a leader.
"Gentlemen, comrades do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep."
Mikhail Gorbachev, speech to the Soviet Politburo (1987).
"I can repeat to my dear fellow party members: I have never no matter before what audience experienced any shame in saying that I am a communist committed to the socialist idea."
Mikhail Gorbachev, Izvestia, 1 March (1991)
"[Glasnost and Perestroika] does not mean, though, that we are departing from socialist ideals. On the contrary, through democracy we'll assert the principle of socialism."
Mikhail Gorbachev, Washington Post, 13 July 1991 and reprinted in The San Fransisco Chronicle, 13 July 1991.
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