Now Robert, I'm sure that even if your statement is true, you must have forced yourself to ask, "Why". Why was the USSR 'crumbling from within'? Could it be that Communism forces man to deny his human nature, his need for God and the desire to better himself and those around him? Could it be the Communism can only be enacted when citizens are purged, put away and kept in check by violence and cruel coersion? Reagan realized how thin the veneer was of Russia's strength. It was crumbling and had been so since he was a young man. His life was dedicated to fighting Communism; and it worked.