It took three wars for Rome to destroy Carthage. Carthago delenda est was the catchphrase of the day. Weakened though Carthage was, it was not allowed to exist. It took two wars for the Atlantic Anglo-Saxon alliance to destroy Germany. Germany must perish1 was the catchphrase of the day. And so Germany perished in the firestorms of carpet bombings. Now Germany is an American protectorate with a docile government and a people so re-educated that it has been turned into German self-haters. What will it take to destroy Russia? Because Ruthenia delenda est, Russia must perish, has been the catchphrase of the day for years now. And will be.
The USA, the present-day counterpart of ancient Rome, with its senate, capital, eagle as the coat-of-arms and so many legions scattered around the globe, is facing three competitors on the world stage: the European Union, China and Russia. The EU as a rising power is not homogeneous, which renders it vulnerable, is still in the making, and has been weakened to a greater extent by a well-orchestrated migration invasion, unmasking the EU authorities for what they are: impotent and helpless structures that cannot vie in the world with the USA. With the EU under the American thumb pursuing American political agenda like spreading democracy to all corners of the world, there are but two rivals that Uncle Sam must reckon with: China and Russia.
USA and China
China, though still very much behind the USA in terms of military and economic prowess, is a rising world power that sooner or later will throw down the gauntlet for America take up. Experts call such political development the Thucydides trap: an inevitable clash between the dominant and a rising power in the region or in the world. The rising power, in this case China, expects recognition from the dominant one, and the dominant power fears the ever-growing strength of the rising one. History shows that such a rivalry in most cases is solved by means of war. China’s military and economic potential is on the increase; America’s commitment to wars in various parts of the world is sapping American economy. The gap between the countries is slowly closing. To make things worse from the point of view of Washington, Beijing has been buying American debt and is trying to turn the yuan into a world currency. China, with its huge and mostly homogeneous population, is likely to change the uni-polar world of today into a multi-polar world of tomorrow. One might think the USA is in need of an ally to contain China’s rapid development and prevent the unavoidable tipping of the balance of world powers. Who might that ally be?
USA and Russia
One might think it ought to be Russia. For one thing, because Russia has been so weakened as never before in its history, thus presenting no real threat to American predominance. And for the other, because Russia borders on China and has had conflicting interests over Siberia and Mongolia. A weakened rival ought to be turned into an ally against a rising one. That’s at least the principle of maintaining the balance of powers. As it is, the USA regards Russia as its prime, dare we use the word, enemy. Why.
In the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries Russia was spurned because it did not belong to the Western world. It had its own way of development, its own culture, its own shade of Christianity. It also humiliated Europe liberating it from Napoleon’s yoke. And, worst of all, Russia neither bowed to Western capitalists and their interests nor let itself be exploited by them; hence it had to be punished and punished it was. The Crimean war of 1853-1856, an invasion of English, French, Italian and Turkish forces taught Sankt-Peterburg a lesson. At the beginning of the 20th century the world of finance supported Japan and aided the small Asiatic country to defeat the tsarist empire. At the end of World War One the same financial circles channelled millions of dollars to make the Russian revolution happen. That, however, was not enough. The new Russia refused to obey the dictates of the West and so it had to be further bashed.
Winston Churchill famously said, Great Britain was neither fighting national socialism nor Adolf Hitler; it was fighting the German spirit. Zbigniew Brzezinski said in the early 90’s: we should not make any bones about it: it is not communism that we fight in Russia, it is Russia itself2. And just as there were plans to dismember Germany after World War Two, so there are plans to dismember Russia now3.
To rally international support Moscow (like Germany during both world wars) is touted in the press as a regime guilty of waging war against Ukraine, downing the Malaysian airliner, persecuting homosexuals and violating all sorts of human rights. The mass media reports are fraught with anti-Putin hysteria (with the Los Angeles times notoriously insulting him as a ‘louse that roared’4). To this end the USA and EU are grooming Russian intellectuals and people with leverage into self-haters, into people who dislike anything Russian. The greater resistance Moscow mounts (nationalizing Yukos, expelling anti-Russian Soros-sponsored NGOs5, limiting the share of the foreign capital in the Russian mass media down to 20%6), the more furious the American attack. With the growing power of China, this American policy does not seem to be reasonable, and yet so it is there for all to see.
Interestingly enough, that anti-Russian sentiment is fed by the personal resentment of the descendants of the people who experienced Russian (tsarist or Bolshevik) rule and acquired implacable dislike, to avoid saying hatred, towards anything Russian. These are Zbigniew Brzezinski of Polish descent, Paula Dobriansky of Ukrainian descent, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, both of Jewish descent whose ancestors originated from Poland or Ukraine, the territories that were then under the Russian rule. It’s the ambition of theirs and the likes of them to turn Russia into a protectorate the way America has turned Germany into its protectorate.
Ruthenia delenda est. Never mind China, the growing power. Russia must perish whatever the political cost. Only then will the USA be ready to confront China. Left to its own devices, perhaps regretting doing away with the only natural (because of European, if contested, culture) ally in the impending confrontation with the Asiatic Goliath. Isn’t it Churchill who, after the Second World War just when the Iron Curtain was falling across the continent and the West, without the mighty German support had to stand up to and contain the Soviet Union, is alleged to have said that we ‘have slaughtered the wrong pig’?
1 ‘Germany Must Perish’, a booklet by Theodore Kaufman published in 1943, advocating the destruction and subjugation of Germany.
4 http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/14/opinion/oe-boot14 ‘The Louse That Roared’, the article in Los Angeles Times of February 14, 2007.