Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
COULD RUSSIA ONE DAY BECOME PRO-WESTERN?
Dima, a Quora participant who claims to be a former Soviet propagandist, wrote that Russia’s alignment or non-alignment with the West is like a pendulum, reminding about the historic moments when Russia was either “pro-Western” or not, but he skipped the first step: defining what pro-Western actually means, and particularly what it means to Russia in today’s world. His analysis has no bearing on today’s conditions because in the past at the time of most of those pendulum swings, the world was not totally dominated by the US, and that is the main issue today. Nothing else. Dima says most likely Russia will become “pro-Western” (by some unknown definition) within the lifetime of millennials. Yet he fails to mention that this would mean Russia bowing before the imperial US power, giving up its arms, letting the US dictate the political polices of Russia and every other country, and for example, overruning Syria and other countries and stealing their oil and other resources at will.
Dima identified the Russian pivot away from the West as happening in 2007, and that was the date of Putin’s famous Munich speech in which he discussed the difference between the monopolar world and the multipolar world (to view the subtitled speech, click on video link above). Dima does not mention this.
The monopolar world is the world dominated by the US and its dollar, which has the power to deprive any country deemed by the US Establishment to be “out of line,” of the use of the dollar and hence of a normal economic life of the kind required for its citizens to obtain food and medicine. The real question is simply this: Should the Russians allow the US to have the power to starve its citizens? That is quite different from the past historical issues Russia faced in its relations with mostly Europe.
We shouldn’t even be having this conversation at all. It is hard to believe that any country in the world would agree to simply relinquish its sovereignty to a world power that is known for its horrific aerial bombing that has killed millions of people and its sanctions that restrict the ability of citizens to eat and get medicine simply because the country in question does not bow to the imperial wishes of the Washington Establishment. And yet, seemingly intelligent analy[c1] sts just calmly and coolly discuss this as if we were talking about the chances of the home team winning tomorrow’s football game.
Here we are, seemingly intelligent human beings discussing whether or not the US should have the power of life or death over the rest of humanity. And worse, an analyst calmly predicts that the US will return to the imperial role and dominate Russia again. And once that happens, well, God is in his heaven and all is well with the world? Is that it?
In 2007, Putin threw down the gauntlet and said “enough.” And he therewith issued a challenge to the rest of the world to become sovereign, to determine its own fate and to stop licking the boots of the Washington emperor.
Yet today, there are people — including Russians — who seriously discuss whether or not sovereignty is a good thing or a bad thing for countries other than the US, whether being a vassal of the US is good for the rest of the world or not.
How can this even be considered a serious question?
Of course it is good for the world’s countries to be sovereign! If we were discussing individual liberty, Westerners would say “of course we need liberty. That’s self-evident.” Yet for Westerners indoctrinated for decades by Western msm and the statements of Western politicians, it is not at all self-evident that other countries should enjoy liberty – ie, sovereignty. That is a privilege that must be earned by kissing Uncle Sam’s rosy red cheeks.
And when it comes to sovereignty to determine our own political course, we must debate this as if it were not self-evident?
The scariest event of modern history was the brief period after Trump openly admitted he was going to “keep the oil” in Syria. The US president was openly, brazenly saying the war had never been about terror, about bringing peace to the region, but about crass US interests and nothing more. But the problem was not the moment he said this. It was the days and weeks that followed when not a single politician in Congress or a single candidate for president stood up and said “Mr. President, you are wrong. America does not have the right to steal other countries’ resources.” No analyst or journalist in the msm said this either, and the US people were thunderously silent. By their silence, American officials and journos were sending the message loud and clear: America has a right to all the resources in the world and the countries that are sitting on these resources must give them up when commanded to do so by the American Empire.
Of course, President Putin also spoke of the multipolar world, where each country is entitled to sovereignty in the original Westphalian sense. That is, no other country, not even the powerful US, has the right to intervene in their internal politics. If India wants to buy a Russian air defence system, then the Indian government has that right. If Germany wants Russian gas, it has the right to buy it.
And indeed, more and more countries, feeling directly or indirectly empowered by Putin’s Munich speech, are now just saying no to the Washington Emperor. Iraq has finally shown US troops the door following an outrageous and deeply insulting violation of its sovereignty. Venezuela is refusing to be ruled by the ridiculous US puppet Guaidó. China and Russia have dared to join Iran in a joint tour de force in the Persian Gulf. Iran dares to retaliate against the US murder of its beloved general. Germany dares to buy Russian gas against the vehement objections and warnings of Washington. Britain dares to go ahead with including Huawei in its 5G rollout.
Further, speaking of “sound as a dollar,” the Fed is desperately printing money again to cope with a credit crisis of its own making and Middle Easterners are now saying the US, their one time ally, is an enemy and Russia is a friend. So not only is the monopolar world having trouble standing on its own two feet but the rest of the world is turning away from it.
The multipolar world is here and there are no signs that it is going away.
But some analysts are predicting that eventually Russia will lie down like a pussy cat for a belly rub and invite the US to build its bases from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad.