Voices from Russia

Friday, 19 December 2014

War Criminals Walk Amongst Us… and the American Establishment doesn’t Give a Good Goddamn

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I always feel that victims of discrimination and persecution are those on whose side I have to be, no matter who they are, what they are, what skin colour they have, or what religion they profess. I witnessed people who didn’t participate in the Nazi atrocities… but they didn’t open their doors and windows to call a halt, either. To this day, I can’t absolve these nice people of their guilt and complicity; I was too young at the time to formulate that, but later I swore that I’d never put myself in the place of these nice decent gentiles who thought that It wasn’t their fight. I look at injustice, and I know it’s always my fight.

Theodore Bikel

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Read this. The yellow chickenhawk Richard Cheney, who avoided military service, publicly declared on 10 December 2014 that President G W Bush specifically authorised torture. He bragged that the agencies involved informed them in detail of their doings and kept them up to date. Under the Nürnberg standards, this means the George W Bush, Richard Cheney, and their entire senior administration are on the level of the Nazi war criminals tried after World War II. It means that if we’re to be consistent, Bush and Cheney deserve to die at the end of a rope, to “hang by the neck until you are dead”. That won’t happen… I’m not threatening… I’m only saying that since what Bush and Cheney did was on the level of the Nazi war criminals… if we were consistent, we’d hang them, too.

Bush and Cheney “conspired to wage aggressive war”… to be honest, so did Clinton and Gore (Yugoslavia, anyone? Do ask the Serbs about Yank aggression). When the USSR fell (due to internal reasons… a weak ruler… not American actions), the USA faced a power vacuüm. It didn’t move to cement peace… it moved to impose juvenile American notions aggressively on the world. Most of all, the American neoliberal/neocon Establishment wanted to eradicate Socialism, now that its protector laid in the dust. Every state that the USA tried to destabilise was socialist to some extent or other.

The first aggression was against the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Germans aided the successors of the Croat Ustaša murderers (by the way, Biden is the protégé of a violently Ustaša RC priest), in a successful attempt to spark off a civil war. This led to 1999, and the ultimate dismemberment of the Yugoslav state. Note well that a legit peace treaty didn’t embody this… especially not the American amputation of Kosovo, which is still legally a part of the Republic of Serbia.

Concurrently, the USA aided the Islamist rebels destabilising the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The DRA’s ethos was FAR closer to American ideals than the Islamists were, but… THEY WERE SOCIALISTS! That made them anathema to the Clintonistas… remember, William Jefferson Clinton was the last of the Dixiecrats. He was a Republican in all but name in most things. The DRA went down before the Islamists.

The Bush junta started another Afghan War… in an attempt to seize rich mineral deposits for his corporate pals. It had NOTHING to do with 9/11 or Osama bin Laden. Predictably, like all invasions of Afghanistan, it bogged down, and Bush wanted a victory… not only for his bruised ego, but to gain mineral rights for his multinational pals. He ginned up a war against Iraq, which he and his advisors thought would be short and victorious. It was anything else but… the USA remains enmeshed in Iraq in a military way today. Oh… Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party was socialistic… I forgot to mention that. My bad…

That wasn’t enough… in 2008, the Bushies invaded South Ossetia using their Georgian clients. That blew up in their faces. It was such a bad defeat that the neocons to this day deny that they had anything to do with it. Yet, everyone knows that the USA was behind it. Georgia didn’t have the money to go to war… someone had to pay for it, and it sure wasn’t Russia! This defeat didn’t chasten the neocons/neoliberals… indeed, it spurred them on! They wanted to cover up this mistake like a cat covering up its shit. “The USA is invincible! Since the USA is invincible, it had nothing to do with this! That’s the TRUTH!”

Of course, the USA couldn’t live down the images posted throughout the world of the captured American base in Gori… they did deny that the Russians got any intel from it, which is lie any way that you slice it. The neocons saw to it that only the sanitised version got into the Western media. Nevertheless, the rest of the world noticed that the USA had lost. This was the USA’s “Battle of Moscow”. It was their first real defeat after the fall of the USSR… it broke the illusion of American invincibility (except in the minds of the American ruling class), which meant that others didn’t take American bluster so seriously anymore.

Under Barack Obama, there’ve been three major aggressions, one somewhat successful, one an utter failure, and one in progress. The aggression against Libya was to unseat Muammar al-Gaddafi… did I mention that he was a socialist, too? That aggression succeeded as Libya is a thin coastal strip… most of the country is barren desert. Uniquely, it was susceptible to American naval supremacy. The overthrow was swift and successful. However, the guerrilla war continues, and that means that this aggression was only conditionally successful. The aggression against Syria failed utterly… the real motive of the American ruling class was to unseat Bashar al-Assad and destroy the socialist state. That failed. The continuing case is in the Ukraine, where the USA fomented a coup against the legit left-centre government, in an attempt to ram an extremist Far Right crapitalist dictatorship on the country. This isn’t over yet… it has the potential to be the USA’s “Stalingrad”… its “A Bridge too Far”.

In short, the USA IS guilty of “conspiring to wage aggressive war” and of “crimes against peace”… torture is small beans compared to that. No, I shall NOT be silent! If the US government does these things… these amoral disgusting anti-human things… then, I must either speak out or be guilty of abetting these crimes. This is why I will NEVER let up on the Orthodox enablers of the Republican Party… they’ve sold out to utter evil… they’ve sold out for a mess of “Pro-Life” pottage. I don’t call torturing people in foreign parts “Pro-Life”… I don’t call aggression against other states “Pro-Life”… I don’t call gutting the social safety net to enrich the Affluent Effluent “Pro-Life”.

I’m NOT alone… evil is evil, and its name is G-O-P…

BMD

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Religious Roots of Russia’s Mistrust towards the West

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Right-Believing Grand Prince St Aleksandr Nevsky stopped the absorption of Russia into Catholic Europe and thus saved the Russian Orthodox faith

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There’s something in the Russian collective memory that causes Russian mistrust towards the West. Does this mistrust have religious roots? I don’t disagree completely with some of the points made in the article Anti-Western Sentiment as the Basis for Russian Unity, heavily criticised by fellow RI contributor Eric Kraus. Russian identity has a deeper anti-Western sentiment than implied by the recent rise of anti-Western sentiment among Russians, primarily caused by what they perceive as American and NATO aggression. So what is one of the main causes of Russia’s historical mistrust towards the West? For centuries, the Vatican tried to convert Russian Orthodox Christians to Catholicism. They succeeded in doing so with Orthodox Christians in the Western Ukraine and in parts of the Western Balkans. Even today, Vatican zealotry is alive and well. The Vatican is trying to achieve a “church union with Orthodox Christians”, of course under the primacy of the Pope. Russians saw foreign invaders… the Vatican, together with Swedish and Polish forces, Napoleon, Hitler, and NATO… as violent symbols of Western civilisation.

However, Russian identity didn’t gel as a reaction or historical reflex to Western expansionism. In its nature, Russian culture isn’t anti-Western or based on antagonism towards foreign civilisations or concepts.Many Russians would argue that Russian identity belongs to a different civilisational “code” as a successor of the great traditions and civilisation of New Rome. That’s the reason the Russian Empire was for centuries considered the Third Rome. Orthodox civilisation differs from its Western counterpart in terms of values, tradition, religion, and so on. Just read Samuel Huntington’s A Clash of Civilisations. Huntington posits that people’s cultural and religious identities would be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. Many would argue that this is exactly what’s happening in today’s world. Most of the recent conflicts have either religious or cultural causes. In addition, bloody civil wars in the Balkans, and now in the Ukraine, had a strong religious and civilisational dimension to them.

Let’s not forget that many American and European Christian conservatives support Putin because of his Christian vision and pro-family values. Maybe, could this be a reaction to their own governments’ openly anti-Christian and anti-family approach to social issues?

7 November 2014

Danmir Marinović

Russia-Insider

http://russia-insider.com/en/culture_christianity_society/2014/11/07/09-33-37am/religious_roots_russias_mistrust_towards_west

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00 russia 01. Viktor Vasnetsov. Three Bogatyrs. 1898

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Here’s what Mr Marinović wrote to an interlocutor in the commboxes:

I was referring to the Vatican, not to ordinary Catholic believers. There’s a big difference between good ordinary Catholics on one side and the corrupted Vatican and “infallible” Pope on the other. Click here for an excellent article about Vatican and Russia. As Dostoyevsky pointed up, “Papism is more dangerous than atheism, since it presents to us a profane and desecrated Christ usurping the earthly throne”, the Pope took the sword and added, “lies, intrigue, deception, fanaticism, and villainy”. Papism is dangerous precisely because it offers a counterfeit Christ.

You obviously deceive yourself when you claim that the Popes didn’t want to subordinate Orthodox for centuries. Yes, they didn’t ask for the Latin Mass, but they did ask us to admit the primacy of the Pope and to consider him “infallible in matters of faith”, which is blasphemy. As far as the power-hungry Vatican is concerned, you can worship God as you want, as long as you subordinate yourself to the Pope. The Pope replaced Christ; he’s the God in the Vatican church. There’s no place for Christ next to the Pope; you just need to adore the Pope and you’ll be saved. In regard to theological and other important differences between Catholics and the Orthodox Church, please, click here, here, and here.

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If you’d like to learn more what Catholic clergy did to “their Christian brothers”, to Orthodox Christians, in the Second World War, please, look at this documentary. Moreover, this documentary only relates the Vatican’s misdeeds in World War II; I’m not even mentioning any other tragic historical events related to the Vatican and Orthodox Christians. THE VATICAN’S HOLOCAUST isn’t a misnomer, an accusation, and even less a speculation. It’s a historical fact. Rabid nationalism and religious dogmatism were its two main ingredients. During the existence of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) as an independent Catholic State, over 700,000 men, women and children perished. Many were executed, tortured, died of starvation, buried alive, or were burned to death. Thousands were forced to become Catholic. Catholic padres ran concentration camps; Catholic priests were officers of the military that committed such atrocities. 700,000 in a total population of a few million, proportionally, would be as if a Catholic militia exterminated one-third of the American population.

The Ustaša slaughtered Serbs, Jews, and the Roma were in their villages after unspeakable tortures or burned alive in their churches. Those they didn’t murder, they expelled to Serbia proper after despoiling them of all their property or forcibly converting to the Roman Catholic faith by Franciscan and Roman Catholic clergy. Many suffered as slave labourers. The remaining people went to concentration camps where the majority perished. From gold and money stolen from these people, the Vatican enabled Nazis to escape to Argentina, on the so-called “ratlines”. Pope John Paul ll declared war criminal Alojzije Viktor Stepinac beatified in 1998.

I’d add that a good place to find some more intel on this is here, scroll down to “Dmitri Anatolyevich at the Radonezh Orthodox Gymnazia in Moscow”, then, scroll past the Vasnetsov painting and under the image of D A Belyukin, read that. There’s a lot of good stuff in that post… D A Belyukin is a People’s Painter of Russia, an Orthodox activist, a Russian patriot, and a world-class painter. Here’s the main quote:

Dmitri Anatolyevich asked, “Did you know that Prince Aleksandr Nevsky had a dilemma? He could go to war against the Horde or against the enemies from the West. Why do you think that he chose to face the latter threat?” The students replied, “Because they wanted to force Russia to convert to their faith!” Dmitri Anatolyevich replied, “The answer’s correct, harsh as it is. That is, the Tatars were content with tribute, they didn’t infringe upon the Faith, and they didn’t notice that Igumen Sergei of Radonezh had started to stir up the depths of the Russian land. The Westerners, on the other hand, wanted to bring their crusades to Russia, which, in many respects, the current popes carry out both covertly and openly. Therefore, it’s even more necessary for all of us to protect Orthodoxy as the mainstay and foundation of the unity of the nation”.

I also posted this… here’s the main quote:

It’s a frightening snapshot of the mindset of the Tea Party. They’re nothing but nativist Know-Nothings. It’s why we as Orthodox Christians can have nothing to do with them. They’re American Sectarians through-and-through. Their defining ideology is “Dominion Theology”, which states that the Bible (in its distorted and bowdlerised Proddie recension) trumps all civil law. Orthodox can’t have anything to do with that… our theology speaks of the symphonia of Church and State, each in its proper sphere, each with its own proper laws.

Many American Orthodox have succumbed to the siren song of American Sectarianism. After all, there are MILLIONS of them and only about a million Orthodox all told, of all “flavours”, in the USA. We must recognise that sectarianism is the greatest enemy to Our Lord Christ that exists in our country. Atheism doesn’t even come close to them… secularism is a pale opponent in comparison. A Russian priest wrote to me, “Sectarians use the name of Christ, but they aren’t of Him or in Him. They aren’t Christians, they’re of Satan”.

Orthodoxy isn’t defined “against” anything or anyone… it has its own positive dynamic. It stands alone… it’d exist even if there wasn’t a West or a Vatican or a Protestantism. We don’t define ourselves in comparison with anyone else. We are what we are… they are what they are… that’s what sober normal people think, any road. The same is true of Russian and Holy Rus… we aren’t Russian because we’re “not Westerners”… we’re Russians as Holy Rus is the successor of New Rome… we owe NOTHING to the West, and certainly not to drooling Anglo American toddler “conservatives” or “liberals” (both are two sides of a perverted neoliberal ideology that’s satanic to the bone). Russia has its own inner logic, wisdom, civilisation, faith, and folkways. We wish to live in peace with all people of good will… however… all those who march on Russia will be put to death! As it was, as it is, as it ever shall be!

One last thing… Samuel K Huntington did NOT originate the idea of “civilisational blocs”… that goes back to S M Solovyov in the 19th century (he was the father of the famous religious thinker V S Solovyov). Sergei Mikhailovich was one of the greatest Russian historians, but how many Westerners are even aware of his existence?

BMD

Monday, 20 October 2014

21 October 2014. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky. You Don’t Understand! 2014

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. You don't understand! 2014

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Само слога Србина спасава (Only Unity will Save the Serbs)!

St Sava

Recently, V V Putin was in Belgrade celebrating the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the fascist occupiers in the VOV. The Red Army helped the partisans to chase the Nazis out of Dodge. However, the ties between Russians and Serbs go far back into history, far beyond the VOV and World War I. Ever since the 18th century, Russians have aided Serbian aspirations for independence and statehood. Serbs haven’t forgotten this. We’ve stood beside our Serb compatriots for GENERATIONS! I’m glad to say that the Serbs are true, trusty, and loyal friends, to a fault. They’ve never betrayed Russia, nor shall they.

RUSSIA AND SERBIA… BLOOD BROTHERS FOREVER!

There’s nothing that Obama or Merkel can do to harm that. Serbia isn’t going to kiss America’s ass any time soon or any time later. That’s that…

BMD

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Serbia Won’t Join EU Sanctions Against Russia

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. Sanctions. No Way! 2014

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On Friday, Serbian Ambassador to the RF Slovenko Terzić announced that Serbia wouldn’t impose sanctions against Russia, despite EU pressure to do so. The so-called G-7 and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, laying the blame for the present Ukrainian crisis upon it. Since 2012, Serbia has been an official candidate for EU membership. Terzić said in an on-air interview, “Because of the historic ties between our countries and our relations today we don’t want to join the sanctions against Russia. This is our clear position”. Terzić acknowledged that Serbia is under EU pressure to impose sanctions, saying, “Recently, the EU Commissioner (Regional Policy) Johannes Hahn hinted that they might once again discuss the issue of accession of Serbia to the EU”. Terzić said that some in Serbia want to join the EU, but not at the expense of its relations with Russia. Earlier reports stated that President V V Putin would visit Serbia on 16 October, where he’ll discuss key issues of bilateral cooperation with President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, especially concerning trade and economic affairs. In addition, Putin will take part in the celebrations in Belgrade to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation.

10 October 2014

Novorusinform

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/11525

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