The Russo-Turkish rivalry is not new, nor is Syria’s ties to both Russia and Turkey and before that, the progenitor of both nations, the Roman Empire (both in Rome itself and later, Constantinople). It emerged in 1676 over Moscow’s thirst to establish a warm-water port on the Black Sea, in Crimea, as well as the region comprising of modern Ukraine west of the Dnieper River, and would follow with conflicts in 1688 and 1689. Though these early conflicts ended in defeat for the Russians, by the war of 1695–96, Tsar Peter the Great’s forces successfully captured the fortress of Azov. It was here the Russian Empire’s design for territorial expansion to provide additional buffer zones and sea lanes into the Mediterranean by way of the Bosporus Strait (dividing Constantinople and Europe from Anatolia) began and, by 1878, ended with the Ottoman Empire on the brink of total imperial collapse. The rivalry, even after the two empires’ collapsed following World War I, remains alive and well, and on the brink of war over the civil war in Syria, and a potential confrontation with NATO.
France is on its way to reliving the disastrous revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848 and 1871 during the Paris Commune. One form of tyranny — be it the Ancien Regime, Committee of Public Safety, the Directory or Bonapartist Empires, and finally the Marxist Communards following Napoleon III’s crushing defeat before Bismarck’s unified German Empire — has an unholy knack of leading to another, far more totalitarian one, immediately thereafter. Today, the tyrants will be the Malthusian Neo-Marxists in Brussels; tomorrow, a new form of far right-wing anarchist vision of utopia may spread throughout the whole of Europe seeking another Nationalist Utopia, once again in Napoleon’s image, all its own.
Whether Kirill paints Orthodox Russia as a bastion of true faith besieged by the false values and secular immorality of an increasing godless, pagan West, his words are deeply appreciated by both the church and state as evidenced by the West’s embrace of homosexuality through transgenderism and same-sex marriage. Now well into the third millennium, it is ‘Holy Russia’ that again must confront an increasingly Godless, decadent West as it had with Napoleon. And now it is Putin, not Kirill, warning that “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Thus it is irrelevant to haggle over whether Putin and his oligarch inner-circle literally believe in the religious rhetoric since they act as if they do. What must be examined is whether the solidly Orthodox foundation undergirding this new Russian nationalism also ensures that powerful right-wing ideologues like Alexander Dugin will happily rally around Putin and his not-so-ex-KGB clique. In digressing, the survival and indeed, flourishing of Christianity against all odds in the USSR is acknowledged by most of the international community, including many Soviet citizens. But killing people in the name of equality is not the same as attempting to kill God; one cannot kill an idea or basic moral principles taught by Eastern Orthodox Christianity having dominated the Slavs for over 1,000 years. Whether or not Western Europe, as formerly dominated by the Catholic Church, continues to secularize under a left-wing liberal agenda weaponizing political correctness to perpetuate a climate of terror to usher in a Utopian world ‘equality’, one matter is certain: God outlasted the atheist Soviet Union and the occultist Nazi Germany.
The Iran Deal was almost certainly designed by Moscow and Tehran to extort the U.S. and NATO allies under threat of world war while empowering the member nations of BRICS (Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa) to facilitate both its expansion into Central Asia as well as Iran’s potential membership, which by proxy would include its chain of vassal states (Syria, Lebanon and Yemen).
No doubt the historical record will again be revised to cast blame on one group or the other, but not the responsible actor. As Winston Churchill noted, “History is written by the winners.” Like of Yugoslav giants of lore such as Chetnik general Draža Mihailović, communist dictator Josef Broz Tito and Serbian genocidal warlord Slobodan Milošević who have risen and fallen, the 140 year old warning by Bismarck of ‘some damn foolish thing in the Balkans’ will continue prompting winners — a new ‘Black Hand’ serving as ‘the executioner of his own people’ who will ‘set the whole thing off in the Balkans’ — to to add new chapters into European history textbooks littering future homecomings through blood and soil in Sarajevo.
“The Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would not longer have access to that intelligence.
I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew they were trying to also get information to the hill.
That’s why you have the leaking.”
—Former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas, in her interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, 29 March 2017
In essence, what Never Trump conservatives long feared has now reared its ugly head, and wasted little time doing so. America really did vote last November on Obama’s policies, his pledge to usher in “Change we could believe.” The Republicans are now pivoting hard left with each new day, while the Democrats, by their own admission, are nothing if not elected Marxists. Such lack of empathy by any Republican for the “great unwashed” historically plays into the Democrats’ hands like political silly putty. And it will again in less than two years given the inauspicious start to Trump’s presidency.
He is only president for one reason, and one reason only. Had Barack Obama not served as president for two disastrous terms, there would be no President Trump nor his Republican Party to “drain the swamp” in order to construct his Potemkin Village.