Voices from Russia

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Why the West Can’t Stomach Russians

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When it comes to Russia or the USSR, reports and historical accounts are blurry; that’s so in the West, consequently, so also in all of its client states. Fairytales intermingle with reality; they masterfully inject fabrications into the subconsciousness of billions of people worldwide. Russia is an enormous country, in fact, the largest country on Earth in terms of territory. It’s sparsely populated. It’s deep; a classic once stated:

It’s impossible to understand Russia with your mind. You can only believe in it.

Generally, the Western mind doesn’t like things unknown, spiritual, and complex. Since the “olden days”, especially since the Crusades and monstrous colonialist expeditions to all corners of the world, Westerners told fables about their “noble deeds” performed in the plundered lands. Everything had to be clear and simple:

Virtuous Europeans civilised savages and spread Christianity, therefore, in fact, saving those dark poor primitive souls.

Of course, tens of millions died in the process, they shackled further tens of millions and brought them to the “New World” as slaves. Gold, silver, and other loot, as well as slave labour paid for (and still do pay) for all those European palaces, railroads, universities and theatres, but that didn’t matter, as the bloodshed was something abstract and far away from the over-sensitive eyes of the Western public. Westerners like simplicity, particularly when it comes to moral definitions of “good and evil”. It matters nothing if the truth gets systematically “massaged”, or even if the narrative is utterly false. What matters is that there’s no deep guilt and no soul-searching. Western rulers and their opinion-makers know their people… their “subjects”… perfectly well, and most of the time, they give them what they ask for. Generally, rulers and reigned live in symbiosis. They keep bitching about each other, but mostly they have similar goals… to live well, to live extremely well, as long as others must pay for it with their riches, with their labour, and often with their blood.

Culturally, most of the citizens of Europe and North America hate to pay the bill for their highlife; they even detest admitting that their life is extremely “high”. They like to feel victimised. They like to feel that they’re “used”. They like to imagine that they sacrifice themselves for the rest of the world. Above all, they hate real victims… those they murdered, raped, plundered, and insulted for decades and centuries. The recent “refugee crisis” showed the spite Europeans feel for their prey. They humiliate, despise, and insult people who made them rich and who lost everything in the process. Be they Afghans, Africans, Middle Easterners, or South Asians… or Russians, although Russians fall into their own unique category.

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Many Russians look white. Most of them eat with knife and fork, they drink alcohol, excel at Western classical music, poetry, literature, science, and philosophy. To Western eyes, they look “normal”, but actually, they aren’t. Russians always want “something else”; they refuse to play by Western rules. They stubbornly demand to remain different, to be left alone. When confronted, when attacked, they fight. They rarely strike first; they almost never invade. However, when threatened, when assaulted, they fight with tremendous determination and force and they never lose. They turn their villages and cities into invader’s graves. Millions die defending their Motherland, but the country survives. Moreover, it happens again and again and again, as Western hordes, for centuries, assaulted and burned Russian lands, never learning their lesson and never giving up their sinister dream of conquering and controlling that proud and determined colossus. In the West, they don’t like those who defend themselves, who fight them, and especially those who win.

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It gets much worse than that. Russia has a terrible habit… not only it defends itself and its people, but it fights for others, protecting colonised and pillaged nations, as well as those under unjust assault. It saved the world from Nazism. It did it at a horrific price of 25 million lives, but it did it, courageously, proudly and altruistically. The West never forgave the USSR for this epic victory either, because all that is unselfish and self-sacrificing is always in direct conflict with its own principles, therefore, “extremely dangerous”.

The Russian people arose; they fought and won the 1917 Revolution, an event that terrified the West more than anything else in history as it attempted to create a fully egalitarian, classless, and racially colour-blind society. It also gave birth to Internationalism, an occurrence that I recently described in The Great October Socialist Revolution: Impact on the World and the Birth of Internationalism. Right after the victory in World War II, Soviet Internationalism greatly helped, directly and indirectly, dozens of countries on all continents to stand up and to confront European colonialism and American imperialism. The West (especially, Europe) never forgave the Soviet people in general and Russians in particular for helping to liberate its slaves.

That’s when the greatest wave of propaganda in human history really began to roll. From London to New York, from Paris to Toronto, the West unleashed an elaborate web of anti-Soviet and covertly anti-Russian hysteria with monstrously destructive force. It employed tens of thousands of “journalists”, intelligence officers, psychologists, historians, as well as academics. It spared nothing Soviet, nothing Russian (except glorified and often-“manufactured” Russian dissidents). They systematically fabricated, exaggerated, and then engraved into Western history textbooks and media narrative tales of the “excesses” of the Great October Socialist Revolution and the pre-World War II era. In those tales, there was nothing about the vicious invasions and attacks coming from the West aimed at destroying the young Bolshevik state. Naturally, there was no space for mentioning the monstrous cruelties of the British, French, Americans, Czechs, Poles, Japanese, Germans, and others. Only rarely did Soviet and Russian views ever penetrate the monolithic and one-sided Western propaganda narrative.

Like obedient sheep, the Western public accepted the disinformation they fed them. Eventually, many people living in Western colonies and client states did the same. They taught a great number of colonised people to blame themselves for their misery. The most absurd but somehow logical occurrence then took place… many people living in the USSR succumbed to Western propaganda. Instead of trying to reform their imperfect but still greatly progressive country, they gave up, they became cynical and aggressively “disillusioned”. They became corrupt… naïvely but staunchly pro-Western.

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It was the first (and most likely the last) time in the history that the West defeated Russia. It happened through deceit, through shameless lies, through Western propaganda. You could easily describe what followed as genocide. First, the USSR stumbled into Afghanistan, the war injured it, the arms race with the USA weakened it, abetted by propaganda that literally flowed like lava from various hostile Western state-sponsored radio stations. Of course, local “dissidents” also played an important role. Under Gorbachyov (a useful idiot of the West), things got extremely bizarre. I don’t believe that the West paid him to ruin his own country, but he did almost everything to run it into the ground… precisely what Washington wanted him to do. Then, in front of the entire world, the mighty and proud USSR suddenly shook in agony, uttered a loud cry, and collapsed; it died painfully but swiftly.

A new turbo-capitalist, bandit, pro-oligarch, and confusedly pro-Western Russia arose. A Russia governed by an alcoholic B N Yeltsin; a man loved and supported by Washington, London, and other Western centres of power. It was a totally unnatural sick Russia… cynical and compassionless, built on someone else’s ideas… a Russia of Radio Liberty and Voice of America, of the BBC, of black marketers, of oligarchs and multi-national corporations. Is the West now daring to say that Russians are “interfering” in something in Washington? Are they out of their minds? Washington and other Western capitals didn’t only “interfere”; they openly broke the USSR into pieces. Then, they began kicking Russia, which was at that point half-alive. Did they forget it all or is the Western public fully “unaware” of what took place during those dark days?

The West kept spitting at an impoverished and injured country; it refused to honour international agreements and treaties. It offered no help. It unleashed its multinationals and “privatised” Russian state companies, stealing what the sweat and blood of Soviet workers during long decades built. Interference? Let me repeat… it was direct intervention, invasion, a grab of resources, and shameless theft! I want to read and write about it, but we don’t hear much about it, anymore, do we? Now, they tell us that Russia is paranoid, that its President is paranoid! With a straight face, the West lies; pretending that it didn’t try to murder Russia. Those years… pro-Western years when Russia became a semi-client state of the West or a semi-colony! There was no mercy or compassion from abroad. Many idiots… kitchen intellectuals from Moscow and the provinces… suddenly woke up but it was too late. Suddenly, many of them had nothing to eat. They got what the West told them to ask for… Western “freedom and democracy”… they got Western-style capitalism, in summary, total collapse.

I remember well how it was “then”. I returned to Russia, horrified, working in Moscow, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Leningrad. Academics from Akademgorodok outside Novosibirsk sold their libraries in the bitter cold, in Novosibirsk’s dark metro underpasses… runs on the banks… old retired people dying from hunger and cold behind massive doors of concrete blocks… unpaid salaries and starving miners and teachers. Russia was under the deadly embrace of the West, for the first and hopefully last time! Suddenly, its life expectancy dropped to Sub-Saharan African levels. Russia… humiliated, wild, in terrible pain.

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However, that nightmare didn’t last long. Russia will never forget nor forgive what happened… those short but horrible years under both Gorbachyov and Yeltsin, but above all under the Western diktat. Russians know perfectly well what they don’t want, anymore! Russia stood up again… huge, indignant, and determined to live its own life in its own way. Within a few years, Russia evolved from an impoverished, humiliated and robbed nation, subservient to the West into a free and independent Russia, which once again was one of the most developed and powerful countries on Earth. As before Gorbachyov, Russia is once again able to help those nations under unjust and vicious attack from Western imperialism. The man leading this renaissance, President Putin, is tough, but Russia is under great threat and so is the world… this is no time for weaklings. President Putin isn’t perfect (who is, really?), but he’s a true patriot, and I dare say, an internationalist. Now, once again, the West hates both Russia and its leader. No wonder; an undefeated, strong, and free Russia is the worst imaginable foe of Washington and its lieutenants. That’s how the West feels, not Russia. Despite all that was done to it, despite tens of millions of lost and ruined lives, Russia is always ready to compromise, even to forgive, if not forget.

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There’s something deeply pathological in the Western psyche. It can’t accept anything less than full and unconditional submission. It has to control, to be in charge, and on top of everything; it has to feel exceptional. Even when it murders and ruins the entire planet, it insists on feeling superior to the rest of the world. This faith in exceptionalism is the true Western religion, much more than Christianity, which for decades hasn’t really played an important role there. Exceptionalism is fanatical; it’s fundamentalist and unquestionable. It also insists that its narrative is the only one available anywhere in the world. It sees the West as a moral leader, as a beacon of progress, as the only competent judge and guru. Lies are piling on top of lies. As in all religions, the more absurd the pseudo-reality is the more brutal and extreme the methods used to uphold it. The more laughable the fabrications, the more powerful the techniques used to suppress the truth.

Today, the Empire employs thousands of “academics”, teachers, journalists, artists, psychologists, and other highly paid professionals in all parts of the world for two goals only:

  • to glorify the Western narrative
  • to discredit all that stand in its way and dare to challenge it

Russia is the most hated adversary of the West, with China, Russia’s close ally, being near second. The propaganda war unleashed by the West is so insane, so intense, that even some Europeans and Americans are beginning to question the tales coming from Washington, London, and elsewhere. Wherever one turns, there’s a tremendous medley of lies, semi-lies, and half-truths, there’s a complex and unnavigable swamp of conspiracy theories. They attack Russia for interfering in US domestic affairs, for defending Syria, for standing by defenceless and intimidated nations, for having its own powerful media, for doping its athletes, for still being Communist, for not being socialist anymore… in brief, for everything imaginable and unimaginable. Criticism of Russia is so comprehensive and ludicrous that one begins to ask very legitimate questions:

  • What about the past?
  • What about the Western narrative regarding the Soviet past, particularly, the post-Revolutionary period, and the period between two world wars?

The more I analyse present-day Western anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda, the more determined I am to study and write about the Western narrative regarding Soviet history. I’m definitely planning to investigate these matters in the future, together with Russian and Ukrainian historians who are my friends.

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In the eyes of the West, Russians are “traitors”. Instead of joining the looters, they stood by the “wretched of the world”, in the past, as well as now. They refused to sell their Motherland and to enslave their own people. Their government is doing all it can to make Russia self-sufficient, fully independent, prosperous, proud, and free. Remember that “freedom”, “democracy”, and many other terms, mean totally different things in different parts of the world. You could never describe what’s happening in the West as “freedom” in Russia or in China, and vice versa.

The frustrated, collapsing, atomised, and egotistic societies of Europe and North America don’t even inspire their own people anymore. They escape by millions annually, to Asia, Latin America, and even Africa… escaping from emptiness, meaninglessness, and emotional cold. Nevertheless, it isn’t the business of Russia or China to tell them how to live or not to live! In the meantime, great cultures like Russia and China don’t need and don’t want Westerners to tell them what freedom is and what democracy is. They don’t attack the West and expect the same in return. It’s truly embarrassing that the countries responsible for hundreds of genocides, for millions of murdered people on all continents, still dare to lecture others. Many victims are too scared to speak. Russia isn’t. It’s composed, gracious, but fully determined to defend itself if necessary… itself as well as many others living on this beautiful but deeply scarred planet.

Russian culture is vast… from poetry and literature to music, ballet, philosophy… Russian hearts are soft; they easily melt when approached with love and kindness. However, when millions of lives of innocent people are under threat, both Russian hearts and muscles quickly turn to stone and steel. During such moments, when only victory could save the world, Russian fists are hard, and the same is true about Russian armour. There’s no match for Russian courage in the sadistic but cowardly West. Irreversibly, both hope and future are moving towards the east. That is why the West so desperately hates Russia.

8 March 2018

Andre Vltchek

NEO New Eastern Outlook

https://journal-neo.org/2018/03/08/why-the-west-cannot-stomach-russians/

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