by Ivan Akerov
We have reported many times on the American attempts to provoke Russia's leader Vladimir Putin in the hope that Puting will then fire the first shot in the war the USA so desperately needs to revive its failed economy, unify its dysfunctional society and restore is to the position of dominant global superpower. American politicians, understudied by sycophantic European politicians are arrogant, ignorant fools when they have to deal with problems outside their own borders. This folly stems mainly from a belief that everybody in the world want to live in a society based on the consumerist, authoritarianism masquerading as 'progressive liberalism' that has dominated Europe, North America and the Anglosphere.
This is wrong as fifty years of failure in Africa (HERE) and (HERE) on top of three decades of foreign policy disaters in the middle east (HERE), (HERE) and HERE) should have demonstrated. But the biggest misjudgement of American, NATO and EU leaders is in trying to pick a fight with Russia.
Leaving aside the fact that The Kremlin has a mutual aid pact with China, when it comes to Russia, foreign policy makers are deling with, as sombody once described it, an engima wrapped in a mystery. Unfortunately bobody has bothered to try to understand Russians and the Russian world view, they just assume the Rusian population are waiting for Obama to bomb Putin out of office so a Ukraine style Washington puppet regime can be installed in Mocow.
Russia however is a unique empire built upon defense not offense. What this means is that historically, Russia does not start the wars, (though it may strike first if sufficiently provoked). In Russian history, leaders have tried to avoid war with neighbouring states.
Just as Western politicos, because of their arrogance and stupidity, feel able to ignore the differences between the European and American mindset and the African, Indian, South American and south east Asian mindset, so they are equally certain they can defeat Russia without developing an understanding of the Russian psyche. In making foreign policy, they merely project their psyche onto Russians.
Europe and the USA are societies built on constant aggression towards neighbors. The Russian seige mentality responds by building up a buffer zone of client states, military alliances and trading / political blocs. Which is exactly what Russia and China have been doing since the end of the cold war.
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