As Richard Nixon famously said: “The Cold War isn’t thawing; It is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; It is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.” Thus, the past can explain what is going on now in terms of the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine to a certain extent. But the Anglo-American position on Russia is not as simplistic as it is made to be nowadays. Before the Cold War accelerated in the late 1940’s, Sir Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in Fulton, Missouri, which is never given the analysis and observation that it should be given by people in the American mainstream. In this speech, Churchill said:
“I have a strong admiration and regard for the valiant Russian people and for my wartime comrade, Marshal Stalin. There is deep sympathy and goodwill in Britain – and I doubt not here also – towards the people of all of Russia and a resolve to persevere through many differences and rebuffs in establishing lasting friendships. We understand the Russian need to be secure on her western frontiers by the removal of all possibility of German aggression. We welcome Russia to her rightful place among the leading nations of the world. We welcome her flag upon the seas. Above all, we welcome constant, frequent, and growing contacts between the Russian people and our own people on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Churchill closed out the speech by saying: “What is needed is a settlement, and the longer this is delayed, the more difficult it will be and the greater our dangers will become.
But as history has shown, the “Iron Curtain” between the Western bloc and the Eastern bloc which Churchill alluded to in his speech is also a metaphor for the natural barrier between Westerners and Easterners. At the heart of the metaphorical barrier and natural barrier between Westerners and Easterners is the difference in mindset and mentality. The West is very much guided by a logically atomistic view of reality – with reality consisting of the totality of all things which exist – versus the logically holistic view of reality which guides the East. And as the Franco-Iranian philosopher and scholar Ali Shariati wrote, besides this difference in mindset and mentality, virtually everything else is the same between Western civilization and Islamic civilization.
But as I mentioned previously, Washington is beset with diseases, illnesses, and phobias which cannot be easily cured. Much of my late twenties and early thirties has been spent detoxifying and healing from the diseases, negative energy, illnesses, and phobias of Washington which stem largely from mindset and mentality. Karl Rove, an adviser to George W. Bush, illustrates this mentality and mindset best through a quote he gave in the summer of 2002:
“We are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you are studying that reality – judiciously as you will – we will act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We are history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Because of this toxic mentality and mindset, it comes as no surprise that the blatant violation of international rules and norms are met with passivity and silence by a number of elements in American society. Nor is it a surprise that the core assumption of Russian state ideology – which is that conflict with the West is inevitable – has not changed over all these decades. Moreover, this core assumption of Russian state ideology is enhanced by history, which consists of Napoleonic invasions, Hitler, the Cold War, and now NATO expansion towards Russia’s western frontier.