Europe is increasingly seeing Putin as a savior and the United States as a dangerous rogue oppressor-state. How did we end up swapping places with the Evil Empire? Didn’t Barack say he was going to make the world love us? Far from loving us, the world now views us as “the problem” as things come to a head over Syria.
The following essay by Michel Geoffroy was published in Polemia last week and was suggested to us as a critical point of view by French Reader. We present it now as a guest post by FR, and though there are points of disagreement (obviously – the essay is very pro-Putin), we agree that this is a critical perspective to understand in viewing the current crisis on the world stage. The piece has been translated from French by Grunt, so keep in mind that it may not be entirely precise, at least until French Reader has a chance to critique it.
Thanks to Russia! – by Michel Geoffroy
Western media outlets continue to demonize modern Russia. Whatever he does, Russian President Putin is systematically presented as a ‘cold’ war-monger.
For example, while Russia is also struggling with Islamic terrorism, we are told that she terrorizes the poor Chechens. When she clamps down on the economic and financial oligarchy that was selling the national wealth since the fall of the USSR, we are told that she threatens freedoms. When she encourages childbirth and families, we are told it is homophobic. When a few isolated protests target the government, we are told the people on the street are all against Putin.
Russia? A beneficial counter-balance in the global order
Such bias, while the USSR did not suffer at all the same media criticism, can only mean one thing: that Russia plays a beneficial role in resisting the world order imposed by the Anglo-world and the servants they recruit in the western oligarchy.
At a time when the West seems an agent of a reversal of values, it is fair to say that Russia is right as the West falls into error and decline. This is why the West cultivates hatred of Russia. But it also means Russia has become a model for the real Europeans.
Russia is proud of her identity
It seems easily forgotten by the West that the Russian people have paid dearly, via millions of deaths, for their entry into the 20th Century. Through the experience of Communism and the Second World War, this is a sacrifice that far exceeds that made by the United States, which has always been well protected in her island continent.
Yet, Russia has managed to turn the page and integrate this tragic past in its history and in its monuments, unlike the confused West that keeps rehashing repentance-themed dramas of the tragedies of World War II.
Russia has also regained its Orthodox soul, that is to say, its Christian soul, while in the West, where they prefer to worship money and golden idols, the churches are empty and mosques are getting more and more full.
Thank you to Russia for showing us that we can enter the 21st Century in our own right.
The Nightmare for the Anglo-Powers (U.S. and U.K.)
The dream of a strong and free Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals, the dream of so many great Europeans, was crushed by the relentless one-world diplomacy and influence over two centuries by the Anglo-powers, but it has come to nothing.
In Western Europe, the instrument of this diplomacy is now called the EU. It is a machine, as De Gaulle called it, a “thing,” to destroy the sovereignty and freedom of states. To destroy their prosperity and to replace their population with an empire from nothing, trapped by a “transatlantic relationship,” unshielded from the winds: a vassal of the United States.
In the East, the instrument of this diplomacy is demonization: weakening and isolating Russia. For Russia has also paid the price for the collapse of the USSR; it is a ruined country, fleeced by the oligarchs, surrounded by a more or less artificial buffer of states but in the western orbit belt. Its destroyed army faces the stronger and more aggressive NATO.
After the fall of the USSR, the West under U.S. leadership was immediately engaged in a strategy of isolating Russia. This included the climax of Kosovo after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. And, by the way, it also involved attempting to take over its natural resources and to inject “values,” that is, decadent western vices. Clearly, western lectures have done little more than rejoice over and amplify a weak Russia.
In contrast, all the actions of the Putin presidency aim to recover the power and sovereignty of Russia. But that is unbearable to our masters.
Thank you to Russia for a new idea in Europe.
A multi-polar world thanks to the resurgence of Russian power
The fall of the Soviet Union was, of course, good news, marking the end of the communist threat in Europe. We do not regret it. But it also removed a counterweight to Yankee unilateralism and to their ridiculous and dangerous claim of imposing a model of unsurpassable human society.
We saw what happened within a few years as the unilateral release of counterweights caused conflicts and repeated, destabilizing military attacks in the Middle East. Likewise, unbridled free trade had its own destructive effects.
True Europeans can therefore only welcome the reappearance of Russian power. Europe is desperately short of influence in the face of a world increasingly tough and competitive, led by Asia, America and Africa.
The reintroduction of Russian power in the global diplomatic game will necessarily have positive effects, as already shown in the Syrian case. Russia has resisted patiently and clearly, indeed, the perpetrators of “strikes” for a political solution in Syria. That is to say, it is in favor of stabilization against adventure.
We need the stability of power-checked-by-power. Thank you, Russia, for reminding us of that ancient European law.
Freedom lies to the East
Contrary to what our media tell us, democracy, that is to say, the government of the people, by the people and for the people, and freedom itself, is under threat in Russia and Western Europe.
It is curious that Snowden, who revealed to the world the reality of global communications espionage by the United States and its allies, could find refuge in Russia! But not in Western Europe which nevertheless boasts welcome with open arms to the world’s refugees. It is also curious that a famous French actor [Girard Depardieu], tired of the fiscalism and the ambient mediocrity, did the same rather than seek out the Russian east coast of the United States!
Is it that the West does not live in democracy but in post-democracy? A system of soft totalitarianism, empty nationalism and meaningless citizenship? A system where the state stands against the people of the nation and settled law abroad? Because the real oligarchs thrive in the West. In Russia, they are under control, or they go to jail.
Thank you, Russia, for reminding us that the salvation of the people – not the banks or lobbyists – must remain the supreme law of the states.