Most have not listened to Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s recent speech. Below is a tranlation by Konstantin Kisin that fundamentally lays out what Russia’s actual goals are. According to Kisin, his primary complaint isn’t NATO expansion, which gets only a cursory mention. The West is greedy and seeks to enslave and colonise other nations, like Russia.
Speech continues below:
The West uses the power of finance and technology to enforce its will on other nations. To collect what he calls the “hegemon’s tax”. To this end the West destabilises countries, creates terrorist enclaves and most of all seeks to deprive other countries of sovereignty.
It is this “avarice” and desire to preserve its power that is the reason for the “hybrid war” the collective West is “waging on Russia”. They want us to be a “colony”. They do not want us to be free, they want Russians to be a mob of soulless slaves – direct quote.
The rules-based order the West goes on about is “nonsense”. Who made these rules? Who agreed to them? Russia is an ancient country and civilization and we will not play by these “rigged” rules. The West has no moral authority to challenge the referendums because it has violated …the borders of other countries. Western elites are “totalitarian, despotic and apartheidistic” – direct quote. They are racist against Russia and other countries and nations. “Russophobia is racism”. They discriminate by calling themselves the “civilised world”.
They colonised, started the global slave trade, genocided native Americans, pillaged India and Africa, forced China to buy opium through war. We, on the other hand, are proud that we “led” the anti-colonial movement that helped countries develop to reduce poverty and inequality.
They are Russophobic (they hate us) because we didn’t allow our country to be pillaged by creating a strong CENTRALISED (emphasis his) state based on Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. They have been trying to destabilise our country since the 17th century in the Times… ..of Trouble (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_Troubles…). Eventually, they managed to “get their hands on our riches” at the end of the 20th century. They called us friends and partners while pumping out trillions of dollars (his irony game is strong today).
We remember this. We didn’t forget. The West claims to bring freedom and democracy to other countries but it’s the exact opposite of the truth. The unipolar world is anti-democratic by its very nature. It is a lie. They used nuclear weapons, creating a precedent. They flattened German cities without “any military need to do so”. There was no need for this except to scare us and the rest of the world. Korea, Vietnam. To this day they “occupy” Japan, South Korea and Germany and other countries while cynically calling them “allies”.
The West has surveillance over the leaders of these nations who “swallow these insults like the slaves they are”. He then talks about bioweapon research (haven’t heard about them for a while) and human experiments “including in Ukraine”.
The US rules the world by the power of the fist. Any country which seeks to challenge Western hegemony becomes an enemy. Their neocolonialism is cloaked in lies like “containment” of Russia, China and Iran. The concept of truth has been destroyed with fakes and extreme… ..propaganda (irony game still strong). You cannot feed your people with printed dollars and social media. You need food and energy. But Western elites have no desire to find a solution to the food and energy crises *they* (emphasis his) created.
They solved the problems at the start of 20c with WW1 and the US established dominance of the world via the dollar as a result of WW2. In the 80s they had another crisis they solved by “plundering our country”. Now they want to solve their problems by “breaking Russia”.
Russia “understands its responsibility to the international community” and will “do everything to cool the heads of these neocolonials who are destined to fail”. They’re crazy. I want to speak to all Russian citizens, do we want to replace mum and dad with parent 1 and 2?
They invented genders and claim you can “transition”. Do we want this for our children? We have a different vision. They have abandoned religion and embraced Satanism – direct quote.
The world is going through a revolutionary transformation. A multipolar world offers nations freedom to develop as they wish and they make up the majority of the world. We have many like-minded friends in Western countries. We see and appreciate their support. They are forming liberation, anti-colonial movements as we speak – direct quote. These will only grow. We are fighting for a fair world for our country. The idea of exceptionalism is criminal and we must turn this shameful page. The breaking of the West’s hegemony is INEVITABLE (emphasis his).
There is no going back. We are fighting for our “great (as in big), historic Russia”. Our values are (irony game crescendo): love of our fellow man, compassion and mercy. Truth is with us, Russia is with us.
That’s the end of the speech. As I said from day 1, the purpose of what Putin is doing in Ukraine is to throw the West off its pedestal. This isn’t about NATO or Ukraine, this is the big play to replace the current world order.
It sure looks that way
Paul Plante says
March 20, 1956 Speech by Comrade Khrushchev at the 6th PUWP CC Plenum, Warsaw
Comrade Nikita S. Khrushchev: I think that all of our decisions correctly assessed the international situation, correctly point the way for the future development of our work.
On domestic problems, on the construction of a communist society, our decisions have great meaning.
The question now is how to use these decisions correctly.
The main problem facing us before the 20th congress was the problem of peaceful co-existence, the struggle for peace.
This is the main problem which we considered when we were preparing this congress and its resolutions.
We are sure that the attempt succeeded.
Our decisions will bring about a great attack from reactionary groups in the capitalist countries.
Peace ensures the position of our supporters, and not only supporters, but even those who … who want to fight for peace.
The 20th congress armed these people and showed them the enormous possibilities of the fight for peace.
The problem concerns the reduction of arms – I’m not talking about complete disarmament, which we would all very much like.
In London, a conference of the UN committee on the disarmament problem opened yesterday.
I don’t think there are going to be any radical decisions taken, because this problem needs a lot of work.
But, difficulties for American militaristic circles were created.
The speech by Pinot, of which you are all familiar, already suggests that in the strictest sense, a common voice by countries which joined NATO, on the disarmament problem, does not exist.
This is a great victory.
I think that if you compare the positions of the United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom, all these three countries lack a single common perspective on this problem.
Each has their own point of view, while France is closer to our understanding of the situation.
England is less clear so as not to violate the unity of these three major countries.
I think that England’s interests strongly differ from those of the United States of America on this problem.
The situation right now is such that our adversary must take into consideration the forces of the socialist camp.
Only this will force them to continue the talks on disarmament, as well as other contacts with us.
Therefore, we are ready to put forward concrete proposals about disarmament and thus continue to fight for peace.
We are ready for a partial withdrawal of troops from East Germany.
If our partners correctly understand our propositions, continue to agree with them, and respond in kind to our propositions, I think, maybe, we will think about other propositions, which will put our opposition in even greater difficulty.
But, for this, we need a little more time.
Concerning the propositions of Mr. Eisenhower and “open skies,” this proposition deserves some attention.
It deserves attention so that it can be thrown into the garbage.
What does it mean to fly?
What do you think — nothing else better to do… this is nonsense.
It’s only advantage is to avoid concrete propositions about the reduction of arms.
They gave us nonsense and they are trying to confuse us.
I’m not letting you in on a secret.
I said it to Eisenhower as soon as he finished his presentation, when we met at the buffet which he organized for the meeting.
We had a glass of cognac and he asks me: “So?”
And I told him: “In my opinion, your proposition is no good”.
“Because it does nothing good.”
“All you are proposing is nonsense.”
He replied: “Well, maybe the military judge it differently.”
“Let’s ask Marshall Zhukov.”
“What will he say?”
And I said: “Ask Zhukov, let him judge.”
“If such things were done during the war, right before the attack… Comrade Rokossowski… then you have to know where… during the war and for sometime since… then we already cannot imagine, because the enemy can always re-group his troops or use camouflage and then totally confuse us.”
“But, what do you think, if we want to show you a factory then we can show you some kind of dummy; different lighting and you’ll photograph it all, and what will you get?”
“It will be an empty place.”
“But, we can do it, and you can do it, so why should we do such nonsense.”
“Someone can ask, then why did we write that this proposition deserves attention?”
“Because this capitalist language is such that you cannot just say, to hell with it.”
You have to say that this problem demands deep investigation, and will be discussed… follow the rule, and it was written like this…
Nehru asked me, when we talked with him and Bulganin in Delhi: What do you think about Eisenhower’s proposition?
We take it for nonsense.
But, you said it and admitted it; admitted it, and said: At the last stage.
But, what does it mean, last stage.
God knows, I myself do not know how to respond to such a thing.
This is way we will not confuse ourselves and will expose their schemes.
If we abruptly refused, it would have been to Eisenhower’s advantage.
This is why they proposed such a thing.
Then, later on, they would have said that Russians do not want to talk.
Russians do not want to continue the talks.
They want to conserve large armed forces.
They want to be in charge of everybody, and so on.
To avoid this, we had to give such an answer.
But, we specifically said, let’s cut the troops by 640 thousand.
Now we’re trying to increase this number, and it’s not a bird in the bush but a real bird in the hands, and it will be the conception… for the understanding of our supporters in the struggle for peace.
Paul Plante says
“Defiant Putin warns the west: your sanctions are akin to an act of war”
Toby Helm, Luke Harding in Lviv, Daniel Boffey in Brussels & Julian Borger in Washington
Sat 5 Mar 2022
Vladimir Putin delivered a chilling warning to the west over the imposition of sanctions on Russia on Saturday, warning that measures designed to cripple his country’s economy were “akin to an act of war”.
Later, Russia’s foreign ministry followed up Putin’s warning by specifically singling out the UK for what it called “sanctions hysteria” and its prominent role in supporting Ukraine.
Maria Zakharova, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, said Russia would not forget the UK’s cooperation with Kyiv.
“The sanctions hysteria in which London plays one of the leading, if not the main, roles, leaves us no choice but to take proportionately tough retaliatory measures,” she said, adding that Britain’s Russian interests would be “undermined” by Moscow’s response.
In Washington, there has been talk of offering Putin a so-called “golden bridge” – blocking all his avenues of advance while making retreat as attractive as possible.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Friday the door to negotiation was open.
“If they show any signs of being willing to engage in meaningful diplomacy, of course we’ll engage,” he said.
But western diplomats do not believe Putin is in the mood to backdown or negotiate.
US officials hope the economic pain inflicted on Russia will force Putin to climb down.
But some critics of the Biden administration’s response argue the “golden bridge” has not been signposted clearly enough.
“If the goal is to compel, then the sanctioners need to be explicit about what Russia can do to get the sanctions lifted,” Dan Drezner, a political scientist and sanctions expert at Tufts University, wrote in the Washington Post.
“That lack of clarity undermines coercive bargaining, because the targeted actor believes sanctions will stay in place no matter what they do.”
Stuart Bell says
We would never have won WWII without Russia’s help. If we were to go to war with China, we better hope Russia will help us again.