We are on the brink of World War III, which the West is compulsively pushing for. …
Whether it will come to the use of nuclear weapons is an open question. But the probability of a nuclear Armageddon grows by the day.
It is quite clear, and many American military commanders (such as the former American commander in Europe Ben Hodges) openly declare it, that the West will not even be satisfied with our complete withdrawal from the territory of the former Ukraine, we will end up on our own soil, insisting on ‘unconditional surrender’ (Jens Stoltenberg), ‘de-imperialisation’ (Ben Hodges), dismemberment of Russia.
In 1991, the West was content with the collapse of the USSR and our ideological surrender, primarily by accepting the Western liberal ideology, political system and economy under Western leadership. Today, the red line for the West is the existence of a sovereign Russia, even within the borders of the Russian Federation.
The AFU’s counter-attack in the Kharkiv region is a direct attack by the West on Russia. Everyone knows that this offensive was organised, prepared and equipped by the US and NATO military command and took place under their direct supervision. It is not only the use of NATO military equipment, but also the direct involvement of Western aerospace intelligence, mercenaries and instructors. In the eyes of the West, this is the beginning of ‘our end’.
It’s a war over a way of life:
Russia is at war with an anti-religious civilisation that fights God and overthrows the very foundations of spiritual and moral values: God, the Church, the family, gender, man.
With all the differences between Orthodoxy, traditional Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or Buddhism, all religions and the cultures built upon them recognise divine truth, the high spiritual and moral dignity of man, honouring traditions and institutions — the state, the family, the community.
The modern West has abolished all this, replacing it with virtual reality, extreme individualism, the destruction of gender, universal surveillance, a totalitarian ‘abolition culture’, a post-truth society.
For Putinites, the collective matters more than the individual. Sacrifice is a higher virtue than freedom. Blood and soil, spiritual purification, struggle — these things are contrasted to the West’s decadent bourgeois liberalism.
Now here is a hard thing to say. On the whole, it is we Westerners who are the exceptions. Putin’s brand of autocracy would have been recognisable to every slave-emperor from Hammurabi onwards. The really extraordinary thing is to evolve a society where the rulers are answerable to their populations, and where individuals can deal with one another through free-standing agreements — contracts — rather than having their relations governed by birth, caste, and tradition.
Because open societies are so odd, they can feel unnatural. Hence the fundamental argument of every totalitarian system — fascism, revolutionary socialism, jihadism, eco-nihilism — namely that liberal capitalism alienates us from our true nature.
Putin is the most active proponent of that argument today. His creed appeals, not only to ethnic Russians, but to all opponents of Western liberalism, including certain kinds of Trumpian protectionist. …
This is a war between two visions of human life.
You don’t have to agree with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — I certainly do not! — to recognize why the Russians see what the conflict has become as a proxy war by the West on Russia. They’re not wrong. …
You don’t have to accept Dugin’s claims that Russia is fighting some kind of holy war against this enemy — I emphatically do not — to believe that Dugin’s description of what the West has become is pretty much on target.
Why does this matter? Because all of us in the West need to think about what it is we are defending. What values we are advancing in the world. It is an ugly picture, a picture of desecration and destruction.
Seeing this clearly does not make you a Putinist. It just means you can read the signs of the times.
hat-tip Stephen Neil