Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands. Cults everywhere: Islam, the State, the cult of Gay and Queer, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, 'Science', Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from. It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori - Time Flies Remember Death
The problem with Russia is the Russian people. This is clear from the recent events in the Ukraine which tie in with Russian history. Russians demand empire, satraps, inferiors to be managed, and glory. The Ukraine is but another chapter in that long story. It also reflects the deep paranoia Russians have about the 'West', in which they place the Ukraine.
Since the early 13th century, Russians have fought against and defeated Western invasions: the Teutonic Knights, Poles, Lithuanians, the Swedes under Charles XII, Napoleon, the Nazis and even post-world War I a melange of Japanese, Americans, British, Canadian and Czechs who intervened in the Communist-created civil war which killed 10-15 millions. The lost episodes in the Crimea against the British, Turks and French, and the pasting by the Japanese at Port Arthur are exceptions rather than the rule. For much of their history the Russians did eventually, beat off their Western enemies.
Thus losing the Cold War was a national psychological as well as a human, economic, environmental, and spiritual disaster of enormous proportions. The Russian national-socialist system, named Communism, simply imploded. Without firing a gun the West had 'beat' the Russians, and in particular the hated Americans, lampooned by Russians, their media and their political oppressors, had somehow pushed Russia into bankruptcy. Even today, many Russians, probably a third, still believe that Communism was a great system – notwithstanding the 30 million dead, the KGB, the economic destruction, the lack of jobs, communal apartments, no free speech, no freedom, endless and quite stupid propaganda, no technology, no industry......
Russian history and culture is East-facing and deeply anti-Western, it is an Oriental brew, akin in many ways to the Arab view of the world and even of life. Putin is a disaster because he destroys any hope of a reformation so badly needed in a psyche so deformed by history and propaganda.
Russian giant knocking down the capitals of the Ukraine [Kharkiv], Lithuania [Vilnius] etc. as the Soviet war machine spreads east.
Only government must have guns:
Russians are big muscular chaps with impressive biceps and haircuts:
The Dear Leader, the Father of us all:
Not to be confused with the current Dear Leader and Father of us all:
Russophiles rejoice, the Soviets are back:
Russophiles must certainly be happy. The 'West' cowardly, confused, dazed by Western European reliance on Russian energy, will do little to help what should be a country firmly inside NATO – itself an organization of dubious value. The Ukrainian east will likely be eaten by the Russian Tsar and cult, while the West frets about globaloneywarming; green technology; and how happy Gaia will be with our sacrifices and absurdities. If the Euros and Americans had an iota of rationality and confidence they would be developing carbon energy all over the non-Russified EurAsian landmass. But alas killing birds with wind turbines; and destroying topography with mindless solar panels is more important.
Britain and France fought once in the Crimea to limit Russian ambition and confine it to its Oriental satraps to the East. Crimean War.
Is peace a 'good' to be maintained at all costs ? I wrote this in 2007 and it is prescient.
But the Russians, stubborn, proud, mischievous and sure of themselves never relented from imperial ambition. Dictatorial, non-Western and tyrannical regimes have ruled Russia for 1000 years. In 1917 they invent a fantasy ideology, a brother to the future fascism of Hitler, and named it Communism. The only communal aspect of Russian fascism was its shared mass misery and colossal piles of dead. Post 1989 we now have Putinism – a dictatorship by a gang in the Kremlin modeled on the old Tsars employing modern technology and Soviet style propaganda and controlling all industry deemed to be pertinent to national power.
As British Prime Minister Palmerston remarked in the mid 19th century [about the importance of the Crimea]: "Peace is an Excellent Thing, and War is a great Misfortune. But there are many things more valuable than Peace, and many things much worse than war. The maintenance of the Ottoman Empire belongs to the First Class, the Occupation of Turkey by Russia belongs to the Second." Palmerston saw Russia for what it was – a grasping anti-Western oriental power. [link]
Yesterday the Crimea. Tomorrow Donetsk. Next week Kharkiv. 3 years from now maybe some tender bits of Poland, Latvia, or Estonia will amaze and attract the Tsarist cult in Moscow, and deflect domestic misery and ideas about 'freedom' to redound into the ether; as they focus the conscious spirit of Russians on empire.
It seems pretty clear given the complete lack of leadership in the 'West' that today we will hand over the bread-basket of Europe and focus on more important matters such as Gays being allowed to march in any parade they wish; or the 'rights' of Moslems to their own schools and public footbaths. Meanwhile the socialist-Marxist arena's of relativity including the useless UN and the chattering 'international community' do nothing, except insist that the real threat to the West is not the likes of Vlad the Sovieticus Man; or Islam; but merely our issuance of Co2.