About Russia – “Never before in modern times has such a dire international situation been so ignored in an American presidential campaign.”
Both Putin and Medvedev took political risks to become Russian Orthodox Christians. Putin’s mother had her son secretly baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church – Putin’s father was a staunch member of the Soviet Union’s Communist party. Medvedev, at 23 years of age, risked destroying a promising legal career when he chose to be baptized.
Winston Churchill once described Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma.” It seemed to me that leading pundits in the United States ignore Churchill’s definition and stand by their views of Russia that have not evolved beyond what they learned in their 6th grade history class.
According to the so-called experts, Russia was many things, but what Russia was not, was a God fearing nation with an unusual devotion to “Theotokos”- the Mother of God. We in the United States call the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary.
The Russian Orthodox Church, coming out of the shadows of the former communist state, and Vladimir Putin’s Christian beliefs were suddenly not just interesting anecdotes of today’s Russian culture, but to me they helped explain the dramatic geopolitical events – events unforeseen by all the experts – particularly Russia’s bold military efforts in Syria.
The Russian Orthodox Church calls Russia’s move into Syria a “Holy War”. I have begun to ask myself “Why not call it a Holy War” – the description seemed to define activities in the Middle East quite succinctly and more accurately than the “expert analysis” coming from talking heads on CNN and Fox News.
Military analysts call Syrian leader Assad a “barrel bombing brutal dictator”. He may be all these things, but he also has a long record of treating Christians in Syria fairly. Christian Post writes:
The reason many Christians in Syria support Assad is because he has vowed to protect them from ISIS and other jihadists. By Middle Eastern standards, the Assad regime, including his father’s tenure as president, have treated Christians fairly.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/syrian-president-bashar-al-assad-five-things-to-know-150732/#KSERJRWgpThATIPw.99
Last fall Vladimir Putin, speaking at the UN, gave a now famous speech where he rhetorically asked the Western nations who had supported regime change in Iraq, Libya, and Sryia: “Do you realize what you have done?”
The fallout of Western pursuit of regime change in Syria, Libya and Iraq, all ruined states, has become an unimaginable horror. ISIS, al Queda, and CIA backed mercenaries have shockingly reminded the world that evil is still a part of the human condition and that genocide is not a relic of the past. There have been many articles written about genocide against Christians in Iraq (mission accomplished) and Syria.
Christian genocide, epic human tragedy in Syria, an aggressive Russia, migrants descending onto Europe literally changing the face of a continent, these are gigantic, historical events, yet the apocalyptic drama is rarely discussed by US media and is rarely a topic of the presidential debate.
Listening to the presidential debates, one could conclude that building a wall along the Mexican border is the answer to most of the United States’ complex foreign policy issues.
I truly do not understand this inexplicable phenomena. Thankfully, the subject of the mainstream media’s curiously mute interest in these big events is starting to catch the attention of some influential news magazines.
Stephen F. Cohen, contributing editor of The Nation , professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University posted an articled for Nation Magazine titled : “The Obama Administration Recklessly Escalates Confrontation With Russia”:
Is his article Mr. Cohen, speaking of the tensions between the United States and Russia writes:
Never before in modern times has such a dire international situation been so ignored in an American presidential campaign.
I could not agree more.