Will Russia Become The Moral Leader and Conscience of the World?

— White Knight?


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Vladimir Putin has been saying the same exact things for a long time. And it’s not faux-virtue signalling, either. It’s unmistakable moral fortitude based upon the deep cultural, literary, artistic, and religious roots and traditions of mother Russia going back 1,162 years as a country with a name, but inhabited for thousands of years prior.

In the large context and scope of its history, that 69 year experiment in hard-line communism called the USSR was a mere aberration and I’ve encountered few souls in my life whom I think truly grasp that. Well, we have life spans on par with the longevity of that socialist experiment, so I suppose that’s how we tend to think—absent a more thorough study and deeper consideration. Or, look at it this way: of the hundreds of millions of Russians who’ve lived and died prior to 1917, not a single one was a socio-commie in the formal, modern sense of the word.

Believing that the Soviet experiment irrevocably and irredeemably condemns Russia and Russians forevermore is plain shallow-ass thinking, dismissing the possibility of redemption through lessons learned. It’s regurgitating what you’ve been told, really. Stop that shit.

I can help. For just one, who better to tell you of the pitfalls of un communisme si dur that it shut off all private economic activity—with the result of being hamstrung in international development and trade for decades to come, even after its collapse?

So, if my assertion of Russia’s demonstrably superior moral stance moving forward comes as a shock or WTF??? moment to you, consider that perhaps it’s because you simply haven’t paid any attention—having only been fed by the spoons of mainstream media, Fox News, and the forever-war-mongering wing of the Republican party.

I’ll reveal what’s really going on—what underlies all of it—as my final nail in the West’s hegemonic coffin toward the end of this post, with a key clue coming from a most seemingly unlikely source…


For now, yesterday’s Putin speech—the signing of treaties on accession of Donetsk and Luhansk republics, and Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia—repudiated the former Soviet Union. Not in the strong terms I’d have prefered, but sufficient.

In 1991 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, representatives of the party elite of that time made a decision to terminate the Soviet Union, without asking ordinary citizens what they wanted, and people suddenly found themselves cut off from their homeland. This tore apart and dismembered our national community and triggered a national catastrophe. Just like the government quietly demarcated the borders of Soviet republics, acting behind the scenes after the 1917 revolution, the last leaders of the Soviet Union, contrary to the direct expression of the will of the majority of people in the referendum of 1991, destroyed our great country, and simply made the people in the former republics face this as an accomplished fact.

I can admit that they didn’t even know what they were doing and what consequences their actions would have in the end. But it doesn’t matter now. There is no Soviet Union anymore; we cannot return to the past. Actually, Russia no longer needs it today; this isn’t our ambition. But there is nothing stronger than the determination of millions of people who, by their culture, religion, traditions, and language, consider themselves part of Russia, whose ancestors lived in a single country for centuries. There is nothing stronger than their determination to return to their true historical homeland.

Bolded emphasis, mine.

Shorter Putin: They fucked it up in 1917 in establishing the thing, then fucked it up again in 1991 in disbanding it.

It’s not a small or minor point. It would have decades-long consequences.

Behind the choice of millions of residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, is our common destiny and thousand-year history. People have passed this spiritual connection on to their children and grandchildren. Despite all the trials they endured, they carried the love for Russia through the years. This is something no one can destroy. That is why both older generations and young people – those who were born after the tragic collapse of the Soviet Union – have voted for our unity, for our common future.

Bolded emphasis, mine.

I’m actually rearranging paragraphs in his speech a little here and a little there…

It is undoubtedly their right, an inherent right sealed in Article 1 of the UN Charter, which directly states the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

I repeat, it is an inherent right of the people. It is based on our historical affinity, and it is that right that led generations of our predecessors, those who built and defended Russia for centuries since the period of Ancient Rus, to victory.

If you wince at his characterization of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as “tragic,” well, there are different ways to interpret that, and that’s just in the English. Unless you understand Russian natively, it’s hard to grasp how close the transliteration is to what he actually means.

But in the end, he’s covered it. Indeed, there’s no turning back…”Actually, Russia no longer needs it today; this isn’t our ambition.

I believe him, and that’s where his earnest moral fortitude comes in. Earlier today, after first listening to, then reading the entire speech, I wrote this on my Telegram channel:

In a sense, if you think about it, Putin-lead Russia is overtaking the West in general and America in specific, as the “moral conscience” of the planet.

Listen to Putin’s own words and realize that such words cannot be spoken by any fed-level politician in America, and certainly not a Democrat one.

America [and the West I’ll add] is a moral shit hole. Abjectly.

So there.

That’s about a 1,000-word intro. I hope it wet a few appetites. You’ll find the other 7,000 words—unlike any you’ll find elsewhere—below.

Here’s The Full Speech, in English.

I was pretty impressed, throughout. I almost just wrote ‘amazed’ but that’s not correct. I was amazed some years ago when I first heard him speak of the moral degradation of the West and in particular, America—with all of its utterly useless and spineless “conservatives;” “Republicans;” “religious;” and its for-show-only gun-toters, the “seconders.”

All talk, all y’all; and no show ever—the biggest lip-service wankfest in all of global history—and all they do is compromise their values. Over and over and over: their insane constituencies cucked again and again and again whilst they cheer at the latest fist-shaking and voice-crackling proclamations, expecting a different result than the last time they heard all that…all the while Western civilization and culture slide and slide and slide all the way down to moral oblivion.

You have been shamed—by Putin, et al—so shame on you. Own it.

The transcript is a pretty short read and you can find it right on Putin’s own presidential website.

Do I really need to establish that the West in general—and America in particular—is in severe moral decay and decline? It’s impossible to avoid the moral outrage of the day, if not dozens.

In fact, it would be weakness to even bring up any of them specifically as supporting my assertion. The West… and America…are moral shitholes. It’s a priori…you don’t even need to get up off the couch to know it’s simply true.

Everybody knows that. Really. Look—or smell—around.

And all that those historically-stupid economic sanctions (what a fuckin’ massive wank…) did and continue to do is make the West pay, and pay dearly…right down to fixed-income granny buying her groceries with extra sweaters on…while Russia has been economically catapulted into wealth and long-term international market and trade developments that will likely make them the world’s richest nation in the decades to come.

They don’t need America or Western Europe to buy their abundance of cheap natural resources—the most plentiful on the planet by far—they’ll sell to China and India, to name just two in the developing region.

Whaddya want to bet that it’s Russia that ultimately brings the collapse and modernization of North Korea through good trade deals, and not the faux-moralizing West and in particular, America, with its now so-transparent international-posturing bullshit?

The funny-not-funny thing is, for all its financial wealth, the West is [re]learning an important lesson in geopolitics: he who has the gold makes the rules. Gold, being a metaphor for assets in natural resources, and not bookkeeping…series after series of ledger entries producing what’s euphemistically called “financial assets;” which, in reality, is a load of debt your great grandchildren’s children will still be paying off…assuming the morally bankrupt West can even make it that long before being dumped into the dustbin of history and someone somewhere can make something new and fresh out of the rubble and decay.

…Those who can read can easily see the writing on the wall; which, fundamentally, is a juxtaposition in terms of a deep sense of base morals—the bread & butter stuff…history, tradition, ritual, language, religion, culture all preserved and passed on to new generations—with a moral decay so profound in the West that they tear down, piss on, shit on, and graffiti upon what’s left of any of it.

…All while the insane conservative and seconders sit by feeling somewhat content as they allow their moral outrage to be assuaged by the opiates of Hannity, Carlson, Watters, et al…as they commentate on the latest STANCE!!! someone is taking—for the millionth go-nowhere time. Same shit, different day. Over and over in an extraordinarily popular delusion that spans generations and decades.

‘Quick, this morning!’ Turn on cable and talk-radio conservative propaganda and pretend everything’s gonna be alright. ‘It’s a different day this time!’ Dudes and dudess: it’s not even new. It’s the same shit, and the only thing novel is that it’s a different day. But not really different at all, unless you mean worse than yesterday.

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We will defend our land with all the forces and resources we have, and we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people. This is the great liberating mission of our nation.

We will definitely rebuild the destroyed cities and towns, the residential buildings, schools, hospitals, theatres and museums. We will restore and develop industrial enterprises, factories, infrastructure, as well as the social security, pension, healthcare and education systems.

We will certainly work to improve the level of security. Together we will make sure that citizens in the new regions can feel the support of all the people of Russia, of the entire nation, all the republics, territories and regions of our vast Motherland.

Contrast that moral imperative—couched in such genuinely righteous language—with America’s squandering the lives and fortunes of so many of its own citizens for the sake of Kuwaitis, Saudis, Iraqis, and Afghans while pretending all throughout—and believed by every stupid Republican warmonger—that it’s about “democracy” for the “people;” that it’s anything but about keeping influence and a measure of control over a region that can directly compete with Russia in oil and gas trade markets in the region—where transportation and delivery costs are lower than from the vastly isolated USA.

They all have everything they need, right there in the general Eastern and Middle-Eastern world. The entire rest of the world does not need America, anymore. This is patently obvious. But America—conservatives and liberals alike—just can’t seem to get the clue that she’s just not into you, dudes.

America’s parading around, guns drawn, policing the planet is becoming more obviously pathetic by the day. Go the fuck home and focus on your own shit-hole societal deep problems, America. Stop pretending that you offer the world anything but culture, tradition, and value-degrading and destroying pop culture with its twerking fat-assed whores in your face…along with prepubescent children in drag, or sporting sex “transition” operations…

I digress; because, America isn’t even a mere shadow of what it once was…

Today I would like to address our soldiers and officers who are taking part in the special military operation, the fighters of Donbass and Novorossiya, those who went to military recruitment offices after receiving a call-up paper under the executive order on partial mobilisation, and those who did this voluntarily, answering the call of their hearts. I would like to address their parents, wives and children, to tell them what our people are fighting for, what kind of enemy we are up against, and who is pushing the world into new wars and crises and deriving blood-stained benefits from this tragedy.

Our compatriots, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are part of our united people have seen with their own eyes what the ruling class of the so-called West have prepared for humanity as a whole. They have dropped their masks and shown what they are really made of.

Do you see the distinction, yet, in the pure statesman-like apolitical rhetoric? What were they fighting for, contrasted with what America has been fighting for since 2003 on the initial spurious justifications of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ (LOL) and making Iraq and Afghanistan safe for “democracy,” when such nonsense isn’t even in their DNA-culture at all?

You can even go back to the Bush-the-1st invasion of Iraq in 1990 (in which I participated while on exchange with the French Navy). Protect or reunite Americans? Chéri non! Nope, it was about keeping wallets safe for sheikhish Kuwaitis and keeping American influence and control in the region; and guess why: The Soviet Union was on the brink of utter collapse, and geopoliticians everywhere knew the writing on the wall, given its Golden natural resources.

Riddle me this. Why did America issue forth nothing but moral condemnation and disappointment to olympic athletes in 1979 when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, installed a puppet government there, and had full troop levels in-country for 11 years when the withdrawal began, ending in 1992?

Where was America during those 13 years, during which the “obvious” Afghani longing for “democracy” (didn’t you see it?) needed us the mostest?

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the West decided that the world and all of us would permanently accede to its dictates. In 1991, the West thought that Russia would never rise after such shocks and would fall to pieces on its own. This almost happened. We remember the horrible 1990s, hungry, cold and hopeless. But Russia remained standing, came alive, grew stronger and occupied its rightful place in the world.

Meanwhile, the West continued and continues looking for another chance to strike a blow at us, to weaken and break up Russia, which they have always dreamed about, to divide our state and set our peoples against each other, and to condemn them to poverty and extinction. They cannot rest easy knowing that there is such a great country with this huge territory in the world, with its natural wealth, resources and people who cannot and will not do someone else’s bidding.

Who amongst you is beginning to sense that the ‘evil Russians, same as the old Soviets’ trope you’ve been spoon fed for THREE FUCKING DECADES now, is simply not true; the West’s motives were never genuine, and y’all have been pawned?

And at what awful cost?

Morally and righteously, Russia had a human—and humane—right to rebuild themselves to whatever level of unfettered national prominence and wealth they had in them to muster and bring to bear and fruition. Instead, the West and America sought to keep them down at all costs, including the tens of thousands of young American lives—where the letters and ceremonial display put on for their spouses, children, and family who’re left to carry on were uniformly lies…a sham about what their loved ones died for…which was continued American hegemony to keep natural-resource The Richest Russia down, and down hard.

The contrast in evil—when you finally see it clearly and pragmatically for what it really is—is palpable. Stop the self-induced, pollyanna-like stupor you’ve become indoctrinated into, led by American Apparatchiks…and what a turn of phrase that is!

The West is ready to cross every line to preserve the neo-colonial system which allows it to live off the world, to plunder it thanks to the domination of the dollar and technology, to collect an actual tribute from humanity, to extract its primary source of unearned prosperity, the rent paid to the hegemon. The preservation of this annuity is their main, real and absolutely self-serving motivation. This is why total de-sovereignisation is in their interest. This explains their aggression towards independent states, traditional values and authentic cultures, their attempts to undermine international and integration processes, new global currencies and technological development centres they cannot control. It is critically important for them to force all countries to surrender their sovereignty to the United States.

In certain countries, the ruling elites voluntarily agree to do this, voluntarily agree to become vassals; others are bribed or intimidated. And if this does not work, they destroy entire states, leaving behind humanitarian disasters, devastation, ruins, millions of wrecked and mangled human lives, terrorist enclaves, social disaster zones, protectorates, colonies and semi-colonies. They don’t care. All they care about is their own benefit.

I want to underscore again that their insatiability and determination to preserve their unfettered dominance are the real causes of the hybrid war that the collective West is waging against Russia. They do not want us to be free; they want us to be a colony. They do not want equal cooperation; they want to loot. They do not want to see us a free society, but a mass of soulless slaves.

Tough pill to swallow, isn’t it, if even largely true and accurate?

And I believe it is. My thinking on this goes back to my last years in the U.S. Navy. From 1984-1989, while assigned to cruiser USS Reeves, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, I was in the heart of Soviet operational area, meaning very close to their military activities spanning the South China Seas. And they were a real and legitimate foe—both ideologically and militarily.

They did not constitute bands of desert-dwelling, 6th century, dirt-scratching savages constituting but basic militias, at best…

With the imminent collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, I saw first hand the contortions and contrivances peddled about to come up with a new perpetual enemy—for quasi-war and killing war—forever.

Cui bono?

I wanted no part of that. I got my ass out of there in early 1993. Chatting with military folk now, who’ve been engaged since after the USSR fell…it’s like speaking in foreign languages. Their sense of THREAT isn’t anything like mine was.

They see our thought and our philosophy as a direct threat. That is why they target our philosophers for assassination. Our culture and art present a danger to them, so they are trying to ban them. Our development and prosperity are also a threat to them because competition is growing. They do not want or need Russia, but we do. (Applause.)

I would like to remind you that in the past, ambitions of world domination have repeatedly shattered against the courage and resilience of our people. Russia will always be Russia. We will continue to defend our values and our Motherland.

The West is counting on impunity, on being able to get away with anything. As a matter of fact, this was actually the case until recently. Strategic security agreements have been trashed; agreements reached at the highest political level have been declared tall tales; firm promises not to expand NATO to the east gave way to dirty deception as soon as our former leaders bought into them; missile defence, intermediate-range and shorter-range missile treaties have been unilaterally dismantled under far-fetched pretexts.

And all we hear is, the West is insisting on a rules-based order. Where did that come from anyway? Who has ever seen these rules? Who agreed or approved them? Listen, this is just a lot of nonsense, utter deceit, double standards, or even triple standards! They must think we’re stupid.

Russia is a great thousand-year-old power, a whole civilisation, and it is not going to live by such makeshift, false rules. (Applause.)

Where’s proud-to-be-an-American—who at least knows he’s free on a $45 million a year radio and TV salary—Sean Hannity to debunk all of that?

Having the likes of Putin, and Russians by extension, preach to the West about their transparently self-serving lies and deceptive bullshit must sting as an enormous irony.

My suggestion? Let that sense of WTF irony settle in enough to honestly contemplate it.

If you knee-jerk to that’s not….can’t be true… then you’re on the wrong bit, mate.

Not thinking for your own self is always the wrong path.

It was the so-called West that trampled on the principle of the inviolability of borders, and now it is deciding, at its own discretion, who has the right to self-determination and who does not, who is unworthy of it. It is unclear what their decisions are based on or who gave them the right to decide in the first place. They just assumed it.

That is why the choice of the people in Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson makes them so furiously angry. The West does not have any moral right to weigh in, or even utter a word about freedom of democracy. It does not and it never did.

Western elites not only deny national sovereignty and international law. Their hegemony has pronounced features of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid. They brazenly divide the world into their vassals – the so-called civilised countries – and all the rest, who, according to the designs of today’s Western racists, should be added to the list of barbarians and savages. False labels like “rogue country” or “authoritarian regime” are already available, and are used to stigmatise entire nations and states, which is nothing new. There is nothing new in this: deep down, the Western elites have remained the same colonisers. They discriminate and divide peoples into the top tier and the rest.

Indeed. And who is it that has allowed illegals to flood across their border for decades…more and more and more and worse and worse and worse… while shitting all over society, law, and order…while never integrating but instead, forming their own gangs under their own rules—based on from wherever-the-fuck they came—all while they suck at the teat of guilt-driven Western largess?

Let mother Russia be the guiding light in this? A new-New [and competing] World Order?

We have never agreed to and will never agree to such political nationalism and racism. What else, if not racism, is the Russophobia being spread around the world? What, if not racism, is the West’s dogmatic conviction that its civilisation and neoliberal culture is an indisputable model for the entire world to follow? “You’re either with us or against us.” It even sounds strange.

Western elites are even shifting repentance for their own historical crimes on everyone else, demanding that the citizens of their countries and other peoples confess to things they have nothing to do with at all, for example, the period of colonial conquests.

It is worth reminding the West that it began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, followed by the worldwide slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India and Africa, the wars of England and France against China, as a result of which it was forced to open its ports to the opium trade. What they did was get entire nations hooked on drugs and purposefully exterminated entire ethnic groups for the sake of grabbing land and resources, hunting people like animals. This is contrary to human nature, truth, freedom and justice.

While we – we are proud that in the 20th century our country led the anti-colonial movement, which opened up opportunities for many peoples around the world to make progress, reduce poverty and inequality, and defeat hunger and disease.

To emphasise, one of the reasons for the centuries-old Russophobia, the Western elites’ unconcealed animosity toward Russia is precisely the fact that we did not allow them to rob us during the period of colonial conquests and forced the Europeans to trade with us on mutually beneficial terms. This was achieved by creating a strong centralised state in Russia, which grew and got stronger based on the great moral values​​ of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as Russian culture and the Russian word that were open to all.

Bolded emphasis, mine.

I’ll focus in on one thing. If you’re unaware of Orthodox Christianity and how it differs greatly from Catholicism and Protestantism (and born-again fundamentalist protestantism…the thing I’m most familiar with), then you’re deficient and you should correct that, given its prominence and stature—as well as Russia’s inevitable rise in global power and influence.

This is not your atheistic, communist Soviet society, anymore. It’s gone back to its roots. Here’s a primer. You know, I was only scantily aware of it myself when some years ago, two guys I highly respect intellectually in the real foods diet and health movement made it clear that not only are they Orthodox, but they know it top to bottom.

Given their hard-science and libertarian political leanings, I couldn’t let that apparent cognitive dissonance persist in me…I had to at least understand it. I advise that you don’t, either. Get some basics…

I reiterate that I am no believer in any literal interpretations of any religious or spiritual texts or traditions…which, curiously or ironically, allows me full reign in understanding and appreciating all of their contributions to familial cohesion, social order, and lasting traditions and rituals that bring and hold people of like minds and values together in strength.

Having no dog in the race myself—no belief or proclamation that mine is the one true thing—is liberating and enlightening.

Now this might blow your mind, but the smalish 5% of Thai Muslims predominantly inhabit the southern regions of Thailand, close to Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. In fact, I live not 1 KM from a mosque and I find the Muslim Thais to be delightful, friendly, and great damn cooks.

I like living within earshot of the mosque as much as I liked living within earshot of the Buddhist temple out in the Isan region, Si Sa Ket province. For both, I can hear their a cappella prayers and chants in the dark stillness of each morning when I arise very early…and having grown so accustomed to them, I can’t imagine a beginning to the day that I’d prefer.

It just feels right.

I mentioned cooking. Well, Thai Muslim is a cut above Thai Buddhist cuisine in my view. In a nutshell, standard Thai fare is pretty much chicken, pork, and seafood with a surprisingly big emphasis on the latter. I like it, love lots, even.

Now, I love pork of all kinds and of course, the Muslims don’t do pork. What instead? BEEF!!! Most Thais eat no beef at all or when they do, it’s usually beef soup (which is excellent, by the way). They also do massaman (‘Muslim’) curry. I’ve been eating their variety for over 30 years and even make it myself. But, it’s almost always chicken massaman on offer. It’s still delicious and their style is quite fragrant, even a bit sweet, and even if spicy too.

But the Muslims! Savory-spicy is the word.

There’s The Beef. $4, down about 2 KM from me. Sit down to enjoy it, because it will buckle your knees.

OK, religious and cuisine diversion…check!…let’s continue…

There were numerous plans to invade Russia. Such attempts were made during the Time of Troubles in the 17th century and in the period of ordeals after the 1917 revolution. All of them failed. The West managed to grab hold of Russia’s wealth only in the late 20th century, when the state had been destroyed. They called us friends and partners, but they treated us like a colony, using various schemes to pump trillions of dollars out of the country. We remember. We have not forgotten anything.

A few days ago, people in Donetsk and Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye declared their support for restoring our historical unity. Thank you! (Applause.)

Western countries have been saying for centuries that they bring freedom and democracy to other nations. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of bringing democracy they suppressed and exploited, and instead of giving freedom they enslaved and oppressed. The unipolar world is inherently anti-democratic and unfree; it is false and hypocritical through and through.

Rings of truth, and if not that entirely, does it at least provide and enhance perspective of where they’re coming from historically and culturally according to their own narrative(s)?

Don’t pretend, Americans, that you don’t have your own narratives that may not be precisely or fully accurate. Possible that your own are even less truthful and narrower in scope that theirs..?

We’ll see; or, we won’t see.

The United States is the only country in the world that has used nuclear weapons twice, destroying the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. And they created a precedent.

Recall that during WWII the United States and Britain reduced Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne and many other German cities to rubble, without the least military necessity. It was done ostentatiously and, to repeat, without any military necessity. They had only one goal, as with the nuclear bombing of Japanese cities: to intimidate our country and the rest of the world.

The United States left a deep scar in the memory of the people of Korea and Vietnam with their carpet bombings and use of napalm and chemical weapons.

It actually continues to occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries, which they cynically refer to as equals and allies. Look now, what kind of alliance is that? The whole world knows that the top officials in these countries are being spied on and that their offices and homes are bugged. It is a disgrace, a disgrace for those who do this and for those who, like slaves, silently and meekly swallow this arrogant behaviour.

They call the orders and threats they make to their vassals Euro-Atlantic solidarity, and the creation of biological weapons and the use of human test subjects, including in Ukraine, noble medical research.

It is their destructive policies, wars and plunder that have unleashed today’s massive wave of migrants. Millions of people endure hardships and humiliation or die by the thousands trying to reach Europe.

Painting in a different light?

Look, it’s tough to have everything you believed and cherished—along with all the events that followed as consequences—not only called into question, but reasonably characterized in an adult sort of daylight that renders it all the literal opposite of the children’s stories that are so popular in the West.

Just take one in particular…the nuclear bombardments of Japan.

Civilian targets, explicitly. Really? The classic warmaking-pragmatic, mathematical justification (note: not a moral one) was that it ultimately saved lives. It broke a few eggs to make an omelet. Because, metaphorical omelet-making—and not contemplative-deliberative philosophy—is now our substitute for actual moral guidance at this stage of human evolution.

So nevermind that it’s utter bullshit and that it doesn’t take a slide rule to figure that out—especially given the devastated state of Japan by that stage of the war. And when even that justification isn’t left anymore, what’s left, exactly? And then, how is it even possible to see the West and America in the same light…that sales pitch of truth, justice, and The American Way…that shining light on the hill…that moral compass pointing everyone towards all that is good and right?

Look; again, no nationalistic narratives are complete or perfect; some are less bullshit-bad than others. All I’m saying by pointing out the Russian perspective on our national narratives is that they’re bad too—perhaps just not as bad as some others in terms of utter bullshit for the consumption of the children, the gullible, and the sheep.

We all have our Original Sins. For America, that’s slavery and to some lesser extent things like the aforementioned explicitly civilian destruction during WWII. For Russia, it’s the USSR, now 31 years past history. In most cases, nobody alive today had anything to do with any of them.

So, Americans, if you wish to be let off the hook for American slavery and the other bad shit in our past that you had nothing to do with, then The Golden Rule stipulates that you must extend the same dispensational courtesy towards the Russians for their historical evils.

“There is no Soviet Union anymore; we cannot return to the past. Actually, Russia no longer needs it today; this isn’t our ambition.”

Washington demands more and more sanctions against Russia and the majority of European politicians obediently go along with it. They clearly understand that by pressuring the EU to completely give up Russian energy and other resources, the United States is practically pushing Europe toward deindustrialisation in a bid to get its hands on the entire European market. These European elites understand everything – they do, but they prefer to serve the interests of others. This is no longer servility but direct betrayal of their own peoples. God bless, it is up to them.

But the Anglo-Saxons believe sanctions are no longer enough and now they have turned to subversion. It seems incredible but it is a fact – by causing explosions on Nord Stream’s international gas pipelines passing along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they have actually embarked on the destruction of Europe’s entire energy infrastructure. It is clear to everyone who stands to gain. Those who benefit are responsible, of course.

The dictates of the US are backed up by crude force, on the law of the fist. Sometimes it is beautifully wrapped sometimes there is no wrapping at all but the gist is the same – the law of the fist. Hence, the deployment and maintenance of hundreds of military bases in all corners of the world, NATO expansion, and attempts to cobble together new military alliances, such as AUKUS and the like. Much is being done to create a Washington-Seoul-Tokyo military-political chain. All states that possess or aspire to genuine strategic sovereignty and are capable of challenging Western hegemony, are automatically declared enemies.

Ask yourselves a simple but pretty obvious question. If it’s not the desert-dwelling militias in the Middle East that necessitates all of this military preparedness and build up by Western “democracies” to counter all the THREATS TO OUR DEMOCRACY!!! then where’s the threat, exactly? Of what is it composed and what are its stated intentions?

You mean it’s all because maybe perhaps someday Iran and North Korea develop nukes? They’ve been saying that for decades and you know what? I’d be willing to wager that both could probably have nukes by now if they really wanted them in their heart of hearts. There are very good reasons that they both continually rattle that sabre but never seem to put it together. Is the leverage afforded by could maybe have more profound given the current geopolitical nature and the near future than to actually HAVE!?

But what if there’s not any military nationalistic or adventuristic threat that even begins to explain or justify the insane military expenditures of the West, particularly America?

What could it possibly be, especially in the seemingly endless efforts to expand the obsolete NATO ever eastward, keeping tensions and antagonisms as high as possible without shooting…at least directly…where we actually shoot at Russia and Russia actually shoots back at us?

So what’s left except the fact that Russia is by far the most exploitable natural-resource rich nation on earth. Remember, he who has the gold makes the rules.

And financial, i.e., bookkeeping entries in ledgers kinda wealth?

Well, read on and just observe:

At the same time, the West has clearly been engaged in wishful thinking for a long time. In launching the sanctions blitzkrieg against Russia, for example, they thought that they could once again line up the whole world at their command. As it turns out, however, such a bright prospect does not excite everyone – other than complete political masochists and admirers of other unconventional forms of international relations. Most states refuse to ”snap a salute“ and instead choose the sensible path of cooperation with Russia.

The West clearly did not expect such insubordination. They simply got used to acting according to a template, to grab whatever they please, by blackmail, bribery, intimidation, and convinced themselves that these methods would work forever, as if they had fossilised in the past.

Such self-confidence is a direct product not only of the notorious concept of exceptionalism – although it never ceases to amaze – but also of the real ”information hunger“ in the West. The truth has been drowned in an ocean of myths, illusions and fakes, using extremely aggressive propaganda, lying like Goebbels. The more unbelievable the lie, the quicker people will believe it – that is how they operate, according to this principle.

But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros. You can’t feed them with those pieces of paper, and the virtual, inflated capitalisation of western social media companies can’t heat their homes. Everything I am saying is important. And what I just said is no less so: you can’t feed anyone with paper – you need food; and you can’t heat anyone’s home with these inflated capitalisations – you need energy.

That is why politicians in Europe have to convince their fellow citizens to eat less, take a shower less often and dress warmer at home. And those who start asking fair questions like “Why is that, in fact?” are immediately declared enemies, extremists and radicals. They point back at Russia and say: that is the source of all your troubles. More lies.

Bolded emphasis, mine.

Are you beginning to see it yet, assuming you were unaware of what really underlies this perpetual beef with Russia?

…This beef that’s 3 decades old and has only intensified as Russia has now dug itself out of the enormous hole that 69 years of hardline communism and the botching of its dissolution created?

Go back and look at stuff. This, for instance. Who said this, and when?

…And I also understand that one of the complications is the Europeans, who’re very dependent on the Russians for energy supply and business relationships, uh, but they also need to recognize that if Putin is not stopped now, we could find ourselves in a real conflict with Russia down the road.

[Brief question from the interviewer as to whether Germany is being as strong and aggressive with Russia as they “should be.”]

I’m quite an admirer of Chancellor Merkel and I heard her statement when she was with President Obama in Washington…I thought it was a very good statement.

But now we need to have tougher sanctions [on Russia]. And I’m afraid at some point, this is going to probably have to involve involve oil and gas. The Russian economy is vulnerable. Eighty percent of Russian exports are in oil, gas, and minerals. People say, well, the Europeans will run out of energy. Well, the Russians will run out of cash before the Europeans run out of energy. And I understand that it’s uncomfortable to have an effect on business ties in this way, but this is one of the few instruments that we have to…

Over the long run, you simply want to change the structure of energy dependence. You want [Europe] to depend more on the North American energy platform—the tremendous bounty—of oil and gas that we’re finding in North America. You want to have pipelines that don’t go through Ukraine and Russia. For years, we’ve tried to get the Europeans to be interested in different pipeline routes.

It’s time to do that.

And so some of this is acting, and acting as quickly as possible.

Euphemisms, weasel words, and deceptive sleight of hand, in bold.

That’s former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, being interviewed during the Russian takeover of Crimea in 2014.

Compare that language to the current geopolitical playbook and you just have to pretty much know that fretting over Russia cashing in on their geographical, natural resources birthright is totally worrisome for the West.

Yes, Condi coyly couches it in weasel words of euphemistic bullshit to deceptively conceal what’s really going on, but the astute know what’s been going on forever and that’s containment of Russia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics that came before it.

Containment of the latter, the USSR, was right and valid and I participated in it because it was an objective ideological enemy anathema to our way of life…as well as a competent and formidable nuclear-armed military foe.

We’re still operating from the same playbook in a vein similar to the prospect of the rest of the modern world treating America as though it was still a slave-holding State.

It’s time to get over it all.

I want to make special note of the fact that there is every reason to believe that the Western elites are not going to look for constructive ways out of the global food and energy crisis that they and they alone are to blame for, as a result of their long-term policy, dating back long before our special military operation in Ukraine, in Donbass. They have no intention of solving the problems of injustice and inequality. I am afraid they would rather use other formulas they are more comfortable with.

And here it is important to recall that the West bailed itself out of its early 20th century challenges with World War I. Profits from World War II helped the United States finally overcome the Great Depression and become the largest economy in the world, and to impose on the planet the power of the dollar as a global reserve currency. And the 1980s crisis – things came to a head in the 1980s again – the West emerged from it unscathed largely by appropriating the inheritance and resources of the collapsed and defunct Soviet Union. That’s a fact.

Now, in order to free itself from the latest web of challenges, they need to dismantle Russia as well as other states that choose a sovereign path of development, at all costs, to be able to further plunder other nations’ wealth and use it to patch their own holes. If this does not happen, I cannot rule out that they will try to trigger a collapse of the entire system, and blame everything on that, or, God forbid, decide to use the old formula of economic growth through war.

Russia is aware of its responsibility to the international community and will make every effort to ensure that cooler heads prevail.

The current neocolonial model is ultimately doomed; this much is obvious. But I repeat that its real masters will cling to it to the end. They simply have nothing to offer the world except to maintain the same system of plundering and racketeering.

They do not give a damn about the natural right of billions of people, the majority of humanity, to freedom and justice, the right to determine their own future. They have already moved on to the radical denial of moral, religious, and family values.

There is simply a lot of hard reality packed in that, and those who live in glass houses ought not throw stones. But as I’ve said, it’s we who are treating Russia as though nothing has changed over the last 3 decades since the collapse of Reagan’s Evil Empire.

And as I pointed out in the beginning, Putin has been saying stuff like this for a long time now. You just probably haven’t been made aware of it. To make everyone aware of the real political and often apolitical moral rhetoric coming from Putin and Russia might compromise the advertising revenue of media outlets, even Fox, when and if there’s even a hint that the antagonisms could really vanish for good—and perhaps with China, too.

So now we get down to brass tacks.

Let’s answer some very simple questions for ourselves. Now I would like to return to what I said and want to address also all citizens of the country – not just the colleagues that are in the hall – but all citizens of Russia: do we want to have here, in our country, in Russia, “parent number one, parent number two and parent number three” (they have completely lost it!) instead of mother and father? Do we want our schools to impose on our children, from their earliest days in school, perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? Do we want to drum into their heads the ideas that certain other genders exist along with women and men and to offer them gender reassignment surgery? Is that what we want for our country and our children? This is all unacceptable to us. We have a different future of our own.

Let me repeat that the dictatorship of the Western elites targets all societies, including the citizens of Western countries themselves. This is a challenge to all. This complete renunciation of what it means to be human, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, and the suppression of freedom are coming to resemble a “religion in reverse” – pure Satanism. Exposing false messiahs, Jesus Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” These poisonous fruits are already obvious to people, and not only in our country but also in all countries, including many people in the West itself.

The world has entered a period of a fundamental, revolutionary transformation. New centres of power are emerging. They represent the majority – the majority! – of the international community. They are ready not only to declare their interests but also to protect them. They see in multipolarity an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty, which means gaining genuine freedom, historical prospects, and the right to their own independent, creative and distinctive forms of development, to a harmonious process.

As I have already said, we have many like-minded people in Europe and the United States, and we feel and see their support. An essentially emancipatory, anti-colonial movement against unipolar hegemony is taking shape in the most diverse countries and societies. Its power will only grow with time. It is this force that will determine our future geopolitical reality.

Bolded emphasis, mine.

Well, not much to say about the foregoing but something like “preach it, brother!”

And can I get an Amen?

So, do you now see the method to my madness in entitling this post as I have?

“Has Putin-Led Russia Eclipsed America and The West as the Moral Conscience of the World?”

Now answer the question.


Today, we are fighting for a just and free path, first of all for ourselves, for Russia, in order to leave dictate and despotism in the past. I am convinced that countries and peoples understand that a policy based on the exceptionalism of whoever it may be and the suppression of other cultures and peoples is inherently criminal, and that we must close this shameful chapter. The ongoing collapse of Western hegemony is irreversible. And I repeat: things will never be the same.

The battlefield to which destiny and history have called us is a battlefield for our people, for the great historical Russia. (Applause.) For the great historical Russia, for future generations, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We must protect them against enslavement and monstrous experiments that are designed to cripple their minds and souls.

Today, we are fighting so that it would never occur to anyone that Russia, our people, our language, or our culture can be erased from history. Today, we need a consolidated society, and this consolidation can only be based on sovereignty, freedom, creation, and justice. Our values ​​are humanity, mercy and compassion.

And I want to close with the words of a true patriot Ivan Ilyin: “If I consider Russia my Motherland, that means that I love as a Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak as a Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. Its spirit is my spirit; its destiny is my destiny; its suffering is my grief; and its prosperity is my joy.”

Behind these words stands a glorious spiritual choice, which, for more than a thousand years of Russian statehood, was followed by many generations of our ancestors. Today, we are making this choice; the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and the residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions have made this choice. They made the choice to be with their people, to be with their Motherland, to share in its destiny, and to be victorious together with it.

The truth is with us, and behind us is Russia!


At his point, he’s not even playing politics anymore.

This speech is largely apolitical anyway…a good reason, perhaps, that The New York Times didn’t even cover it; and elsewhere, the scant coverage was mostly just blanket dismissal and condemnation devoid of making any concrete contra-points whatsoever.

‘Trust us, no need to watch it or read it. It was bad bad bad. The worst thing ever!’

That’s from the same playbook, too. When will the West ever learn?

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  1. Tim Steele on October 3, 2022 at 00:54

    This is just a land grab to recoup sunk costs since 2014. Not going to end well for Putin and Russia. He’s showing us how weak he is, while we tailor our response to what he’s best at. Kinda wish I was back in the Air Force. If USA mobilizes against Russia, people would willingly flock to the MEPS station. You’d have to turn vets away.

    • Richard Nikoley Free The Animal on October 3, 2022 at 00:59

      Well that’s a complete first. I could not possibly disagree more with everything you’ve written, including folks wanting to get back in to fight Russia over Ukraine.

      • Tim Steele on October 3, 2022 at 01:44

        All us Cold Warriors that feared Russia now see a weak, pathetic Putin trying to pretend he’s powerful. The military has always known how weak Russia became since 91. Just looking for an excuse to put him down for good. You know that’s true, LT. Nothing else matters. UN-led, NATO-centric, US-funded…gain air superiority, gain control of ground movements, leave an opening to Russia. Then punish. You know the playbook. You know how good our military is. In your military mind, what is your impression of Russian military?

      • Richard Nikoley Free The Animal on October 3, 2022 at 07:57

        I have no impression of the Russian military as I have no direct observation or experience with it, and I no more trust Admirals and Generals waxing prophetic on that topic than I trust any politician anywhere.

        Just one example, the Patriot vs. Scud in the 1991 Desert Storm operation. We were regaled daily by glorious reports of yet another Patriot takedown of a Scud fired at Israel or Saudi Arabia…42 in all. After the dust settled and independent—or as independent as you can get—analysis ensued, turns out it was more like a 1 in 10 kill ratio…or even zero.


        In other words, the most likely scenario is that both systems were crap in the heat of the battle.

        On paper and in manufacturer-designed tests aimed at getting a government contract, advanced weapons systems always perform excellently and per MILSPEC. Of course they do. The military-industrial complex could not even exist unless they can influence MILSPEC that they can meet on paper and in carefully designed tests and demonstrations with no imperative to simulate actual heat of battle conditions with a new seemingly insurmountable obstacle every other minute.

        In terms of the Soviet military of 3+ decades ago, I have a lot of operational experience with them, particularly their air force Bear bombers patrolling the SOJ and SCS AORs out of Vlad.

        I found them operationally competent and peacetime capable at our sparing war games and my oh my did they have quite an arsenal of air-to-surface ship killers…some, if the “intel” held up, would be quite a problem for our ship-based air defenses and would likely rely on last ditch CIWS.

        IF they actually worked as “advertised” operationally. And who knows? So much of all this is really about buying a lot of shiny new toys for the boys and little else, particularly when so reliant upon magictech working. What works? For sure?

        Army tanks and artillery.

        Bombs dumb-dropped or laser-guided from Air Force and Navy aircraft.

        Naval bombardment.

        Marine amphibious assault.

        And, of course, all the nukes…where close is good enough.

        Still, in 2022, that’s about the extent upon which we can truly count. Though, of course, drone warfare is the up and comer, and those appear to be quite effective.

        The theme of my post is tri-focussed.

        1. Russia today is no more the same adventuresome Soviet hardline commies than is the USA still a slave-holding State. Things and times change and in this, a lot; and it really doesn’t matter how anyone cares to characterize it or what their biases of the day happen to be. But I do issue forth a lot of clues as to what those biases are, fundamentally.

        2. He who has the Gold (metaphorically) makes the rules. And Russia has the Gold (i.e., rich natural resources no other nation of earth is even close to).

        3. The inevitable has begun to play out. What’s the inevitable? Unhindered, unopposed, unfettered trade between Russia and anyone who wishes to buy their stuff because they perceive a better deal. Observe the hilarious and downright STUPID spectacle of the US begging—on their knees, hat in hand—western Europe to Buy US [oil and gas]…expensive and enormous tanker transportation cost rather than far cheaper Russian products shipped by cost-efficient pipelines.

        You want weakness? Observe the joke that are global sanctions and how they have crippled western Europe in many ways while enriching Russia. A mere 2 examples.


        Bottom line: Germany is fuckety fucked. Their stupid green energy policies get their comeuppance.

        And for shits and grins, RT’s reportage of other Der Spiegel stuff:


        “Over 15,000 German stores are facing bankruptcy due to soaring energy costs, Der Spiegel reported on Friday, citing the German Retail Association (HDE).”

        And this, where the obvious and inevitable happened:


        “India and China now account for over half of all Russia’s seaborne oil exports.

        “Russia is now China’s biggest supplier of oil, taking over from Saudi Arabia in 2022.

        “In March this year, combined oil imports by China and India from Russia overtook those from the 27 EU member states.”

        …In February, China was importing ZERO barrels of oil from Russia, now 1 million barrels PER DAY. India was importing a half million, now up to another 1 million barrels per day.

        China, India, and Russia comprise the 1st, 2nd, and 9th most populous nations on Earth, accounting for over 3 billion people…far larger and more economically important than the USA and EU combined, at less than even 1 billion population.

        Russia is making money by the boatload and I’m laughing. And clapping.

        So, go right ahead and contrast Russia’s “weakness,” as you characterize it, with the EUs NATO-backed US-backed impressive strength as they shiver over the cold winter and don’t even have pubs and retail stores to take refuge in for warmth and morale boosts.

        The war over hearts and minds…basic “troop” morale equivalent…has already been lost, and in a bad way that will be reminiscent of post WWII reconstruction in terms of years of hardships to follow, all the while weak Putin and weak Russia try and manage to get by as they open new, underserved markets throughout their very populous region.

        The USSR is what actually propped up hyper-geographically-isolated USA to global hegemon of prominence, including its “leadership” thumb pressing down upon the whole of western Europe for decades.

        Now that the former Soviets have turned to international trade, cooperation, borders, language, culture, religion, reunification, and human morality as guiding lights…and no Western moral decay including cuntish feminism allowed…the USA takes back its rightful rather isolationist stance of pre-world war eras played out in the European theatre.

        This will take time, but it’s inevitable. You can’t fix geography and Russia, China, India, et al, are the world’s future, like it or not.

    • Gordon on October 4, 2022 at 16:23

      Sign up for a forced jab in a woke racist army headed by a usurping demonic commander-in-chief? No. I’d sign up to fight the powers currently in charge of our armed forces at this point.

  2. Tim Rankin on October 3, 2022 at 05:58

    Some of your best stuff, Richard. If for nothing else than to introduce some much needed cognitive dissonance and questioning the narrative into your Western audience. Of course nobody gets where Putin has, and lasts as long, by being a good guy. But it is hard to refute almost anything he says if you are objective at all about the last 30 years of global history. Also, now I want some Thai beef!

  3. Andrew Austin on October 3, 2022 at 08:11

    Fascinating insight into how Putin thinks. I actually agree with his woke criticisms. Wish we could at least get an attempt at some balance from our media. Just a cheer squad all the way. Way of war I suppose.

  4. Tim Steele on October 3, 2022 at 22:55

    So this is probably the “great reset” that was needed. I traveled through Latvia to old Soviet air bases in 94-99 giving presentations on what they needed to do to join NATO. When we saw top secret USSR air bases, we all laughed at their infrastructure and technology which had not changed since 1948. But the biggest surprise were the ethnic Latvians who’d all had family deported and Russians moved in to take over farms and businesses. You’d have thought that would have been the time for Latvians to uprise and reclaim family land, but instead they cowered like sheep and wouldn’t even make eye contact with Russians on the street, Russians treated Latvians like second-class citizens in their own country.

    Now, almost 20 years later, they are tearing down Russian statues and stopping Russian schools from teaching kids Russian, etc… They have been terrified that Russia would regain prior strength and march back over them, punishing all who defiled USSR history. No longer, it seems. About damn time. I’m sure Putin would love to retake the Baltic States if he thought he could get away with it.

    I’ve worked first-hand with former USSR militaries, they are incredulous that US NCOs and junior officers have so much power, and how well-regulated/trained/equipped our military is. Russia’s military never got out of WW2 mindset, mostly just about fear and dying, and they can not touch US or NATO in spending power, which they are learning now as we pump billions into Ukraine’s war chest.

    But all is good, probably a better conversation for a campfire, weed, and whisky.

  5. Andrea Ge on September 3, 2023 at 23:25

    Good article. I think some (or much?) of what Putin said is propaganda, being a suppressor himself, however he’s got some points nevertheless.

    Energy supply: Right, this had been a topic in German media, some years ago – it was criticized that the US tried to make us depend on their oil/gas – e.g. even at the high cost of fracking. Also the US hegemony was mentioned… but only for a short time, and I had the impression that hardly anyone really cared. It is already too deep in people’s brain that the US are “good”, so to say. Really strange. I thought WTF at that time… but felt quite lonely.
    Wouldn’t surprise me if the US had attacked that North Stream pipeline. Lost track of that, though… it’s not mentioned anymore, is it?

    Also the espionage on the smartphones of chancelor Merkel and others a few years ago by president Obama… it was in the headlines, of course, but also… no-one seemed to care too much. It was down-played by German government. Just imagine…!
    Germany seems a banana republic to me.

    It’s creepy how much the media agree on what to discuss, and how.
    This really is an information war, and an emphasizing and a concealment war.
    You have to read international press to see what’s not being mentioned in German media, for example.
    Quite enlightening, and frightening to see from what biased and corrupt sources we get our “reality” from.

    And now after Covid and all those lies… I’m fed up. I’m sick and tired of this shit.

    Keep it up, Richard, thanks!

    • Richard Nikoley on September 3, 2023 at 23:51

      Ironically, one of the best sources of news around is RT News (Russia Times). Covers anything and everything. Al Jazeera, too, is often good.

      So. Fucking. Ironic.

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