Moscow is painfully aware that the US/NATO “strategy” of containment of Russia is already reaching fever pitch. Again. This past Wednesday, at a very important meeting with the Federal Security Ser…
Putin recently addressed the Federal Security Services Board, stating:
We are up against the so-called policy of containing Russia. This is not about competition, which is a natural thing for international relations. This is about a consistent and quite aggressive policy aimed at disrupting our development, slowing it down, creating problems along the outer perimeter, triggering domestic instability, undermining the values that unite Russian society, and ultimately to weaken Russia and put it under external control, just the way we are witnessing it transpire in some countries in the post-Soviet space.
To be expected, Putin is acutely aware of the PTB putting their hand up Biden's spine to puppet him into being the face of anti-Russia aggression. But in this article, Putin also places the current struggle in the long view of the historical coming-into-being of Russia as it is today. It makes one think of the cycles of history, or the eternal recurrence, in the fates of peoples and karma of their countries, based on a vast complex of their history, destiny, and mythology.
Putin stressed the “multi-ethnic and multi-religious” character of Russia, now in “a different environment that is free of ideology”:
It is important for all ethnic groups, even the smallest ones, to know that this is their Motherland with no other for them, that they are protected here and are prepared to lay down their lives in order to protect this country. This is in the interests of us all, regardless of ethnicity, including the Russian people.
Yet Putin’s most extraordinary remark had to do with ancient Russian history:
Barbarians came from the East and destroyed the Christian Orthodox empire. But before the barbarians from the East, as you well know, the crusaders came from the West and weakened this Orthodox Christian empire, and only then were the last blows dealt, and it was conquered. This is what happened … We must remember these historical events and never forget them.
Escobar then takes us on a brief but visually-stimulating tour of Russia, the historical tensions of nomads and agriculturalists; the many invaders and Empires vying for control; the resulting multi-ethnic nature of Russia; and also delving into the myths that sanctioned politics.
What about power? For Turk and Mongol nomads, who came centuries after the Scythians, power emanated from the sky. The Khan ruled by authority of the “Eternal Sky” – as we all see when we delve into the adventures of Genghis and Kublai. By implication, as there is only one sky, the Khan would have to exert universal power. Welcome to the idea of universal empire.
In Persia, things were slightly more complex. The Persian Empire was all about Sun worship: that became the conceptual basis for the divine right of the King of Kings. The implications were immense, as the King now became sacred. This model influenced Byzantium – which, after all, was always interacting with Persia.
Christianity made the Kingdom of Heaven more important than ruling over the temporal domain. Still, the idea of Universal Empire persisted, incarnated in the concept of Pantocrator: it was the Christ who ultimately ruled, and his deputy on earth was the Emperor. But Byzantium remained a very special case: the Emperor could never be an equal to God. After all, he was human.
This last sentence struck me as a way of understanding Putin's world stance, and his character. The mythic example is of Byzantine origin, and Putin is steeped in the contemporary Orthodox Christian church. But even if the the religious foundation doesn't match, the attitude does - Putin seems to be like a guy who isn't trying to be equal to God. After all, he's a human. In that sense, as a world leader with all kinds of opportunities to become a corrupt dictator - he himself remains a special case. Especially when we compare him to the dudes in the PTB who are busily wheeling out their Great Reset world domination machine.