Religion And The New World Order
Having taken a pass on political blogging, and trying to read about politics, for about a month, the anti-Russian ranting emanating from Edward Lucas yesterday and Malcolm Rifkind today in the 'Daily Telegraph' is thoroughly depressing.
If one wished, one could spend all day performing word-by-word, line-by-line fisks of this rubbish; however, having wasted far too may hours of my life in such exercises already, it's fair to say that both pieces do nothing more than state why a resurgent Russia might be bad for the West as we know it - they make no comment on whether the West as we know it is worth preserving.
In my opinion, it is not. At the moment, the West operates for the benefit of people like Malcolm Rifkind and Edward Lucas's employers; it provides no tangible benefit for anyone else.
The West has squandered its promise by having undermined its common Christian heritage in favour of the false premises of 'democracy' and 'economics'. As the election of the Labour Party in 1997 proved, and the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States in 2008 will in all likelihood affirm, it now doesn't matter who is elected to office - in the post-Soviet, 'New World Order' era, the British and American governments will follow the same extreme form of neoliberal economics to the point of national bankruptcy. The citizens will be called upon to sacrifice their jobs, livelihoods and futures for the benefit of the 'economy' in a way which would have been inconceivable during the Soviet era. Neoliberalism, the plundering of common assets by the rich to the detriment of the poor, is the only form of economic theory many Western economists know, and will continue to the point where there is nothing left.
It's what happens then that I'm frightened of.
We can only hope that the people of the West will ignore those they have elected to lead them, return to Christ and learn to live in peace with their Russian Orthodox brothers, praying for forgiveness for the injuries they consented to be done upon them in the 1990's. As far as I can see, that hope may just be Europe's best hope for peace.