...Because, 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-led 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.
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.
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