“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man, as of all the simpler mammals, is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is security. His instincts inline him toward a society so organized that it will protect him at all hazards, and not only against perils to his hide but also against assaults upon his mind – against the need to grapple with unaccustomed problems, to weigh ideas, to think things out for himself, to scrutinize the platitudes upon which his everyday thinking is based.” ~ H.L. Mencken
And so it is, “the inability or lost desire to weigh ideas and think things out for himself”, most especially in the present day, when everything from packaged news to TV programming and movies are designed to present us with the alpha and omega on issues, current day events, personalities and countries. Unless we seek it out, we’re not going to hear the “other” side. No matter if it’s “fair and balanced” reporting, far left, far right or anywhere in between – living in the matrix is nasty business.
Consider the Syrian mess. Will any media outlet in America or the West present us with the following:
“The events of the past few weeks have sparked considerable differences of opinion between Russia and its Western counterparts. Following the, likely staged, chemical gas attack in Syria – the US launched an airstrike against the sovereign state of Syria. This is illegal based on basic principles of international law. The event was followed by a Western-initiated Resolution being taken to the Security Council, designed to address the ‘use of chemical weapons in Syria’, and the removal of Assad from government. The document was written based on suppositions, given there was no subsequent investigation or fact finding mission to Syria. Russia, which has veto power at the UN, has blocked its passing. Many delegates at the UN side with Russia, such as Steffan de Mistura, but fail to be heard because of baseless accusations and finger-pointing on behalf of a number of Western counterparts.
Russia is rarely angered – but enough is enough. “Look me in the eyes” – says the Russian UN representative to his UK colleague. Not only was Mr. Rycroft’s address off topic to the agenda of the day but it was insulting to those countries who contribute the most effort toward ending Syria’s civil war. Why should the UK be granted the role of a ‘guarantor’ of Syria’s peace talks, being held in Astana, given they protect and shelter terrorists in anticipation of regime-change?” Inessa S YouTube
Russia blows a fuse – UN, NBC, Sean Spicer get told (4:36 in length)
We will never hear the other side from our media here in the States, unless it contributes to their narrative for war, war, war. What we get is the likes of Rachel Maddow crowing over a Russki at the breakfast table, serving you lunch, and cooking your Stroganoff each and every day. Why? What is it with the continual demonization of Russia? Does Rachel Maddow and all the rest of the main street media, with their breathless warmongering really think that war with Russia is a good thing? Evidently, they do. Their fear is losing the narrative and being vanquished to cleaning the restrooms at airports – which is where most of these war-pushing elites, media types, politicians – all whom won’t be spending a minute in any battle or war they push for, should be.
With our studies and research of “everything Russia” during the past few months, we think the demonization of everything Russia is all quite simple. This is the continuation of the age-old battle against Christianity, along with, of course, Russia’s determination to remain sovereign.
Consider the following excellent post on the origins of the Western-Russian conflict, by a German academic and Russia specialist, Dr. Hauke Ritz:
Russia-Insider.com provided a succinct summary of the rather long article as follows:
1) The unity of greater Europe was the result of the secularization of Christianity in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
2) This secularization did not result in the dissolution of Christian values, rather their adoption into other fields, such as art, philosophy, and understanding of history.
3) The role art and historical awareness played in the 18th and 19th and early 20th centuries was crucial for the formation of Greater Europe. Art and a particular understanding of history should therefore be seen as the two centerpieces of European culture.
4) Republican values usually seen as typically European are in fact not at the core of European culture, rather they were enabled through the secularization of Christianity.
5) Western Europe changed dramatically during the Cold War, with an emerging pop and lifestyle culture which the Communist world could not compete with, leading to the dominance of the West at the end of the Cold War.
6) But this hegemony came with a price. This cultural change led Europe to reject its Christian heritage, together with the understanding of art and history that kept that heritage alive.
7) Russia did not go through this process of change that Europe did, and at the end of the Cold War, adopted a philosophy based on traditional European Christian values, similar to what Europe had before the Cold War.
8) This difference is at the heart of the current conflict.
Russia’s move toward Christianity simply cannot be tolerated – not by the “deep state”, or whatever one wants to call them and certainly not by the West, no matter the “cause” of the West’s decline. That we here in America have a culture that glorifies violence, whether it be in its movie or TV offerings, through its media with its slanted reporting on US involvement in foreign countries and its insatiable appetite to stir the pot for regime change or whatever other deviant ends it tries to justify, it is as plain as the pimple on an unblemished face that the West is in decline, and as any other nation in decline, seeks to war with any and all other countries. History is rife with examples of nations seeking the destruction of other nations prior to their own demise.
To get a perspective that we’re not given here in the States, consider the following piece by Iben Thranhold – Russia and the West Have Swapped Spiritual and Cultural Roles
Highlights from the article:
“Russians are returning to Christianity in a modern and contemporary context”
“They are familiar with the bitter fruit of atheism and have no appetite for the bleak and barren wasteland it produced”
“in Russia, Christianity is associated with being modern and progressive”
“the young, the hip, the wise and the wealthy, express their Christianity as a completely natural and straightforward thing”
“Today, the spirit of communism shows itself in western worship of human rights, freedom of speech and the elite’s utopian notions of so-called open societies. We are headed for the very wasteland that the Russians were relieved to leave behind.”
When one considers a president’s poll numbers going up with every bomb he drops, with additional aircraft carriers in route to North Korea, with the top headline in the media as of today that some guy named Bill O’Reilly may be out at Fox News, to the near lunacy of “important” topics covered by the Huffington Post and our President breaking campaign promises like a smoker pledging this is his last cigarette with the pack still full as he takes his first sip of a martini – sanity is in scarce supply here in the States.
“Violence for its own sake. That is what America has become,” from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts recent article, A Government of Morons.
It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession. Clinton twice launched military attacks on Serbia, ordering NATO to bomb the former Yugoslavia twice, both in 1995 and in 1999, so that gives Bill two war crimes. George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and attacked provinces of Pakistan and Yemen from the air. That comes to four war crimes for Bush. Obama used NATO to destroy Libya and sent mercenaries to destroy Syria, thereby commiting two war crimes. Trump attacked Syria with US forces, thereby becoming a war criminal early in his regime.
To the extent that the UN participated in these war crimes along with Washington’s European, Canadian and Australian vassals, all are guilty of war crimes. Perhaps the UN itself should be arraigned before the War Crimes Tribunal along with the EU, US, Australia and Canada.
Quite a record. Western Civilization, if civilization it is, is the greatest committer of war crimes in human history.
And to conclude from Mr. Roberts article:
North Korea is not bothering anyone. Why is Washington picking on North Korea? Does Washington want war with China? In which case, is Washinton kissing off the West Coast of the US? Why does the West Coast support policies that imply the demise of the West Coast of the US? Do the morons on the West Coast think that the US can initiate war with China, or North Korea, without any consequesnces to the West Coast? Are even Amerians this utterly stupid?
China or Russia individually can wipe out the US. Together they can make North America uninhabitalbe until the end of time. Why are the Washington morons provoking powerful nuclear powers? Do the Washington morons think Russia and China will submit to threats?
The answer is: Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality.
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