Most people in the English-speaking world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those who heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don’t think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he doesn’t exist for you to cultivate an opinion), this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech of 5 March 1946. In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, one played the game of international politics as follows… politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show, having nothing to do wit real international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret backroom negotiations that hammered out the actual deals. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia have treatment as an equal. However, the West dashed these hopes, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of élites and political leaders.
- Russia won’t play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. Yet, Russia is ready for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, based on fairness, and take into account the interests of each side.
- All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. The entity that destroyed them has a name… The USA.
- The builders of the New World Order failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built isn’t just Russia’s decision, but it’s a decision that won’t be made without Russia.
- Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but it isn’t opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.
- Russia has no intention of fishing in the murky waters created by America’s ever-expanding “empire of chaos”, and has no interest in building a new empire of her own (this is unnecessary; Russia’s challenges lie in developing her already vast territory). Neither is Russia willing to act as a saviour of the world, as she did in the past.
- Russia won’t attempt to reformat the world in her own image, but neither will she allow anyone to reformat her in their image. Russia won’t close herself off from the world, but anyone who tries to close her off from the world will be sure to reap a whirlwind.
- Russia doesn’t wish for chaos to spread, it doesn’t want war, and it has no intention of starting one. However, today, Russia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable, is ready for it, and is continuing to prepare for it. Russia doesn’t want war… nor does she fear it.
- Russia doesn’t intend to take an active role in thwarting those who still attempt to build their New World Order… until their efforts start to impinge on Russia’s key interests. Russia would prefer to stand by and watch them give themselves as many lumps as their poor heads can take. However, Russia will teach the true meaning of pain to those who manage to drag it into this process through disregard for her interests.
- In her external, and, even more so, internal politics, Russia’s power won’t rely on the élites and their backroom dealing, but on the will of the people.
To these nine points I’d like to add a tenth:
There’s still a chance to build a new world order that’d avoid a world war. Of necessity, this new world order must include the USA… but it can only do so on the same terms as everyone else… be subject to international law and international agreements, refrain from all unilateral action, with full respect of the sovereignty of other nations.
To sum it all up… play-time is over. Children, put away your toys. Now, it’s time for the adults to make decisions. Russia’s ready for this; is the world?
17 March 2016
Let’s keep it simple. Only one American candidate will treat Russia as an equal… Bernie Sanders. All others wish to continue the present warmongering course… there’s little to choose between the “conservatives” and Chilly Hilly… in the end, there is no difference between them (as much as that galls the righties and “liberals”, it’s the truth). If you want peace and justice, you’ll vote for Bernie… if you want war and oppression (both domestic and foreign), vote for any “conservative” or for “liberals” like Chilly Hilly. We have a historic choice to make…
#Feel the Bern… #Still Bernie…