Russia vs. Humanity
13 March, 2014
Russia vs. Humanity
Russia is today under huge stress if not in deep trouble. On a more generalized note, she has always been invariably worried and exasperated. This is Russia’s character, formed and tempered by her historical fate. Russia is used to a role of an unfair player in matters international. Otherwise, why has Russia been putting up with that much pressure and condemnation since she was shaped into statehood many centuries ago? How come that Russia has that much patience
to listen to those unending disparaging comments in her address on the part of the rest of the world? Has Russia any serious reasons to reconcile herself with the massive unconcealed odium that is thrown on her big neurotic head from every direction? Russia is being taken as a bad guy on international arena which had been that way for almost her entire past.
Nobody loves the poor old chap. And the astonishing thing is that Russia does not give a nickel for what the world is thinking of her routine way of behavior in the global family of nations. Isn’t this amazing? Shall we call this Russian proclivity a political roughness? Or is it just a habitual deaf ear for the opinions other than Russian? Could it be an utter absence of sense of vulnerability? Or maybe it is Russia’s regular strong-headed determination to reacquire the status of tough and vital international player, whose mind has to be considered without failure? Could it be Russia’s unquenched imperial appetite which is simply bothering the world beyond any patience with its voraciousness? Why does she have to be everywhere? Why such a hysterical excuse for the maintenance of her national security which has probably aged so badly that has already acquired certain marasmic features! I have always wanted to perceive and interpret Russia’s need in so many buffer countries, placed in between her vast borders and the remaining ‘hostile’ world. How do the buffers help Russia’s state defense objectives? As I understand, the world is no longer dependent on conventional arms and only fears its nuclear potentiality. Even that has acquired the deterring meaning in our times. And even if there is a potential of nuclear danger, the carriers of atomic warheads are so powerful that no buffers can save Russia, or any other country from possible disaster. So why that much concern about who is buffering you? OK, I might not be very much in the swim of the matter when it comes to Russia’s national security interests, but I at least know that in the last several decades the world has changed tremendously, including the rules of geopolitical games. The only player who has not changed at all and is not prepared to change is Russia. Why is she scared so badly to change – at least a little? What’s wrong with being in step with the rest of the world and getting rid of so many contradictions with everybody around? Let me be more specific here! In what possible way the overall happiness of Russian people could be hampered and limited if he Russian government lets go all the territories around the former Soviet Union that are occupied or are being invaded by Russia today, and represent the most sinister reason for conflicts between Russia and other former soviet nations? Does Russia Really need those lands? Do those occupied lands indeed make Russia a stronger geopolitical player? Are those occupied lands truly a guarantee for Russia’s contemporary national security? Do the ethnic Russians living on those occupied lands feel good on those invaded lands? If the presumption is that the happiness of the Russian people is the foremost and the utmost goal of the Russian government, then why the invasions, occupations, interventions, borderizations and demonizations are used as the instruments for achieving the Russian people’s happiness and wellbeing? The secrets and tools of the Russian people’s happiness are in an absolutely different place, hidden and locked up against the will of the wonderful Russian people itself. How many other lands will the Russian government need for getting sated finally, and to start living and let others live too? Is there anything left to be grabbed? Of course it felt well when one-sixth of the entire terra firma was under the Russian thumb, but it has changed. The USSR, lead and owned by Russia is no longer around. It is now part of the stinking soviet history. Why do Russians want to bring it back? Why can’t Russia get rid of those bad soviet manners, and instead, acquire the civilized western manners, enriched with adorable eastern traditionalism? It is unbelievable that Russia is masochistically willing to have so many unwanted headaches. Why can’t she live a happy life of a big, rich, handsome and healthy nation, who has everything to make her own unmitigated happiness and create a sense of bliss for many smaller nations around who still want to coexist and cooperate notwithstanding the previously hurt feelings and incurred losses? To put it more seriously, the time is probably high enough for Russia to reconsider and revise old concepts and attitudes on international arena, thus making the matured alterations at home so that the Russian people feel better and live well, and the international community relaxes at seeing the modernized, benevolent, fair and prospering Russia. Who needs a poor and angry neighbor? Neighbors and friends are appreciated more when they can share affluence and peace, love and virtues, hand and heart. Can Russia possibly do that some day? Probably! But not if she is going to be busy the way she is right now. Being busy with what Russia is now is detrimental not only to her great people but also to the rest of us, her neighbors and of course for the entire bothered world. Who will send the message to Russia so that she gets it? I wish she had enough good will to get it and digest it all right!
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