Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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by Yameen Khan
The United States is actively committed to bring Russia into submission via encirclement and a two pronged attack.
NATO’s expansion of bases in vassal states right up to Russia’s borders, coupled with an attempt at encroachment in Syria, should allow The Hegemon to undermine Russia’s underbelly from the Caucasus to Central Asia.
To understand how Russians usually respond to Western power a little time travel, starting 1219 AD, is more than useful.
This was a time when a cataclysmic event left deep scars on the Russian character; an abiding fear of encirclement, whether by nomadic hordes then or by nuclear missile bases today.
Russia then was not a single state but consisted of a dozen principalities frequently at war with each other. Between 1219 and 1240 all these fell to the Genghis Khan hurricane, whose lightning-speed cavalry with his horse-borne archers, employing brilliant tactics unfamiliar to Europeans, caught army after army off guard and forced them into submission.
For more than 200 years Russians suffered under the Golden Horde of the Mongol – named after their great tent with golden poles. They left the Russian economy in ruins, brought commerce and industry to a halt, and reduced Russians to serfdom. Asiatic ways of administration and customs were superimposed on the existing Byzantine system.
Taking full advantage of its military weakness and of its reduced circumstances, Russia’s European neighbors started to help themselves to its territory, starting with German principalities, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden. The Mongols couldn’t care less so long as they received their tribute. They were more concerned with their Asiatic dominions.
Still, European cities did not match the riches of Samarkand and Bukhara, Herat and Baghdad, whose incomparable wealth and splendor outshone wooden-built Russian cities.
Russia’s greatest fear begins here – crushed between their European foes to the West and the Mongols to the East. Russians were to develop a paranoid dread of invasion and encirclement which has tormented their foreign relations ever since. Hardly ever has an experience left such deep and ever-lasting scars on a nation’s psyche as this cataclysm did on Russians. This explains, among other things, their stoical acceptance of harsh rule at home.~
I’m enclosing for your comments some thoughtful reactions to the film. Too many notices, I thought, were politically motivated and/or hateful of Putin to an extreme degree, picturing him solely as a villain without a soul. It’s truly, in our time, something out of Orwell’s “Hate Week.” How does this help the world’s situation? Is it Russia that is disbalancing it or is it truly the United States? Why is it that these types of people in media power are against any kind of improvement in relations between our countries?
In any case, Showtime was very pleased with the results, and the series continues on Showtime Anytime. I’m now in France where there’s been a ton of coverage, and we’re on France 3 beginning last night. We were on Sky in England and Germany, and in September will be on RAI in Italy. More to come.
Also enclosed are a few words spoken by me at Bob Parry’s event in Washington two weeks ago honoring the memory of Gary Webb.
Variety: “TV Review: Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’” -- http://bit.ly/2t9YO3S
The Guardian: “The Putin Interviews review – first Oliver Stone loses. Then the gloves come off” -- http://bit.ly/2swHiq6
The Guardian: “Oliver Stone on Vladimir Putin: The Russian people have never been better off” -- http://bit.ly/2taCoQl
Forbes: “In Latest Interview with Oliver Stone, Putin Airs It Out on Neocons, Hillary” -- http://bit.ly/2sGBoSz
Forbes: “In Final Oliver Stone Interview, Putin Predicts When Russia-US Crisis Ends” -- http://bit.ly/2tcjTu8
The New Republic: “Natural Born Buddies: The Shared Ideology of Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin” -- http://bit.ly/2t9XPAy
The Duran: “25 things revealed about Vladimir Putin by Oliver Stone in the Putin Interviews” -- http://bit.ly/2taLZXd
Salon: “Oliver Stone’s Putin Puzzle: An evil genius who made history, or a shrewd, small-minded nonentity” -- http://bit.ly/2u9vlDS
Consortium News: “Oliver Stone Receives Gary Webb Award” -- http://bit.ly/2t6XEFG
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