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The Stakes in Ukraine

Putin's "Eurasionist" dreams threaten us all.

by
Robert Zubrin

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February 24, 2014 - 11:21 pm
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The hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who turned out to fight for freedom in the streets of Kiev have prevailed. The corrupt Yanukovych dictatorship has fallen, and imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed. Yet the forces of tyranny have not yet played all their cards, so it is essential that Americans know what the stakes in this battle really are.

We need to wake up. The events unfolding in Ukraine right now are of global historic importance. The issues are not just whether Ukraine will have a free trade agreement with the European Union. That is a substantial matter — Ukraine would do well to have free trade with Europe (as would Russia!) –  but, as was the case with tea taxes in our own revolution, only a trigger. Nor is it merely a matter of which party gets to rule in Kiev. The real issues are whether Ukraine will be dragged into Kremlin-ruled captivity, what it would do to Russia itself to become once again both the warden and inhabitant of the necessary continental-scale prison, and what it would mean to America and the world at large to have to deal yet again with such an evil empire.

The Yanukovych regime was a mafia, which regularly threatened, imprisoned, murdered, or disappeared political opponents as well as those whose possessions it wanted. That was bad enough. But the final straw was his attempt to drag Ukraine into the “Eurasian Union.” This project is the brainchild of Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical guru, Aleksandr Dugin, who has proposed the creation of a Eurasian bloc, including not only the republics of the former Soviet Union, but Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Iran, which would be united under the iron heel of a new totalitarian “fourth political theory” to oppose the West.

According to Dugin, who bases most of his allegedly novel synthesis of communism and fascism on the geopolitical, legal, philosophical, and occult ideas of Nazi theorists Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess, Carl Schmitt, and Arthur Moeller van der Bruck, such a “Eurasist” continental block is needed to defeat the nefarious influence of the secret “Atlantic Order,” or “Atlantis” — the global mercantile maritime-cosmopolitan conspiracy whose liberal ideas have supposedly subverted traditional hierarchy-based landed societies since ancient times.

“Liberalism,” says Dugin, meaning the whole western consensus, “is an absolute evil. … Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an adequate response. … The American empire should be destroyed.”

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Every reasonable person can see that the author has already provided readers with an easy way to find more information to back up his statements. Those who find that too challenging probably don't fit into the "every intelligent person" category.

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Eurasia has too many contradictions to last long enough to rival the strongest in the geopolitical arena.

Instead of sentencing Russia to oblivion, or having the same problems as Western Europe (especially when it comes to cultural matters like abortion and homosexuality. One can add the battle between Keynesian-ism and the Austrian School), why not have Russia part of an Imperial Commonwealth.

It would have Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Cyprus each have a king, and one Emperor above each king.

For this is the model that the Orthodox Church got used to in the first 14 centuries of its life (I cite these countries, because have Orthodox Christians comprise more than half the population), and frankly the status quo cannot be maintained.
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Agreed.

These could be an effective Christian bloc against that that troublesome, fractious triple-dealing Muslim bloc. What needs to happen is to have formed, somehow, a bulwark-bloc of Christianity with its emphases on Christ rather than ecclesiastic bureaucracy. That won't happen until we Christians shed our tunnel vision ecumenical outreach attitude. Easier said than done, obviously.

But, how much more evidence, literally bloody evidence, do we need to accept the stark reality that these Muslims haven't got an ecumenical fibre in their bodies? Ideally, we should contain and isolate them [these Muslim entities] to enable their disintegration via their inbred dogmatic cannibalisms, each one in its own exquisitely bloody separate localized way.

This keeps our young bodies and blood out of that nasty Muslim arena. Let 'em choke on their oil or sell it to those billion[s] of Chinese and Indians. As we gradually become energy exporters [after Obama is out of the our White House] as we were for so long prior to that Saudi led OPEC oil embargo against the West. Muslims don't need the American petro market, they simply want to strangle our economy by any means.

Has everybody forgotten that the smilin' Saudi's caused those long gas lines of the late 1970's?....inside our America? .....probably. Has everybody forgotten that we were supporters of the Saudi's during the Franklin Roosevelt era?....probably. We need to pull our heads out and back into the sunshine, again. Remember also Maliki and Karzai as stalwart "allies"?

Screw 'em.
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Dr.,

I read your Bio. I support your right to believe as you wish.

I do not believe it is in the national interest of these United States what is happening in the Ukraine. That is Russia's back yard since the 14th century, and the eastern half of the Ukraine has the factories, and married into Russia.

With the New Atlantis you write about, why should any country want to become pagan? Homosexuality as a normal lifestyle, murder of the innocents, a Constitution without G-d, and destroying countries that do not tow the agenda of the New World Order, like Libya, and Syria? Notice JFK got his head shot off too for going against the New Atlantis, and printing money backed by silver.

The American middle class is being destroyed by your New Atlantis, with an ever increasing tax burden, and a FED with international interests, tying the Dollar to middle eastern oil, placing more taxation on same by bailing out countries who held the toxic debt in the housing market crash...

Are you an American Nationalist, or an American Globalist?

An American Nationalist would believe in the Constitution, and Bill of Rights, and limited government stopping the illegal alien invasion, and naming the terrorist enemy. It is called Islamic terrorism.
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Can we kill these people and get away with it? Sort of a "stopping Hitler at Munich" idea? I'd love to see Russia's Mussolini strung up by his ankles but something a bit more covert would be safer.
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Greetings:

All the bit and pieces of the troubles in Ukraine leave me unsure as to the legal and constitutional underpinnings of what the hell is going on over there. For all the reporters looking for their big scoops, I haven't seen one that could really explain the situation in a cogent way.

So, I guess that kind of leaves me in the "coup" camp for now, not that I would ever really want to wake up in a camp with an affinity for President Putin of Mother Russia. But just because the coup, as in Egypt, goes in an emotionally or politically pleasing direction doesn't mean that the constitutional baby should be thrown out with the illegal bathwater.

And while so many pundits seem to be so sure of what Mr. Putin is after, I'd be a bit more cautious, maybe half a Ukrainian pie is just fine for now. So maybe this is not so much of a success as some are prepared to trumpet.

And is anyone else out there bothered by the vaunted European Union's involvement and behavior in this matter. I myself kind of see it as a bit of what used to be called "tax-farming" which is not on my list of things that I love. Real democrats those EU rulers. Sometimes, perhaps.

Even though it seems to be heavily into "mergers and acquisitions" mode, I'm still having a hard time seeing the European Union as anything close to a "white knight" especially in view of its brow-beating of the Swiss for their referendum vote to limit immigration which apparently flies in the face of its "free movement of people" ideology. It may be a large part of their culture that the Ukrainians are kissing off when they accept the EU's embrace. The EU may be less despotic, but it still will want its way and political shenanigans are not beyond its pale.
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I knew nothing about this Dugin, thank you for the info.
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There is more to be feared from an Obama/Biden evil empire which embodies the NYC/LA axis of complete evil.
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A Puritan Atlantis would be a noble antagonist to a "traditional hierarchy-based landed" Eurasia; a homosexualist-feminist Atlantis would deserve defeat.
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Nonsense... a restoration of the Soviet Union is a pipe dream. Russia is a great power to be sure but lacks the strength and the resources to reconstitute the vanished empire. And for Russians most of its more than trouble than it is worth. The imperial dream went out first with the steamships and now with the Internet. Russia certainly has an interest in its "near abroad" but its not about running its neighbors from Moscow. Restoration of certain ties in the post-Soviet space are inevitable but no one wants a "new prison house of peoples."Ukraine may turn to the West or become another frozen conflict zone but however it turns out, conservatives are wrong to see what is going on in Cold War terms. Russia is not the Communist Soviet Union trying to take over the world in the name of a totalitarian ideology.
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You are wrong. Dugin's "Eurasianism" is a new totalitarian ideology. Read the links provided in the article.
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There's a rule in internet discussion that whoever directs his collocutor to links instead of making his own points, in his own words, automatically loses the debate. What does it matter what some pseudo-philosopher and courtier of Putin's thinks or wants? Economic and demographic realities ensure that Russia will not be leading a grand "Eurasian alliance" any time soon.
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