To Americans, Russia was the "Evil Empire" out to destroy them. This song finds compassion amid the rhetoric, a viewpoint rarely heard at the time.
Not everyone agreed with Sting's sympathetic stance. Police drummer Stewart Copeland
is the son of a CIA operative and had a very different outlook. But as Copeland explained, no matter how cogent his arguments, Sting could refute them with an indefensible lyric like "Russians love their children too." Said Copeland, "You can't argue with a poet."