Huntington and the Russians
I have been mystified by why the NYT and Washington Post hate Russia so much and are engaging in yellow journalism fomenting war with Russia. I thought it was because of the Jewish connection. So many of their journalists and editors are Jewish, and Jews have a long (1,000 years) history of subjugation by Russian Slavs, so that hatred of Russians is embedded in Jewish DNA. Israel is in many ways a country populated by Russians. Most American Jews are Ashkenazi Jews from Central Europe (often dominated by Russia) or from Russia itself.
An old article that I am reading, maybe for the first time, raises the possibility that there are changes in Russia which may call for a reorientation in US policy toward Moscow. Samuel Huntington says in “Clash of Civilizations”:
“If, as the Russians stop behaving like Marxists, they reject liberal democracy and begin behaving like Russians but not like Westerners, the relations between Russia and the West could again become distant and conflictual.”
Clash of Civilizations (Page 25).
Arguably this is happening. Putin may not be becoming another Stalin, but another Tsar. Under the Tsars, Russia considered itself a European country, but with a strong Asiatic component, given its Asian and Middle Eastern components on the fringes of the Russian territory. Moscow and St. Petersburg remained European, and if anything, Putin has increased the importance of St. Petersburg, Russia’s European capital under the Tsars.
I think Putin was inclined to make Russian a Western, European country, but the West pushed him away. Russia’s former empire in Central Europe, the Warsaw Pact, completely abandoned it after the fall of the Berlin wall. NATO pushed farther and father east, until it came to Ukraine, whose capital, Kiev, was the original capital of Russia.
While the West saw Russia’s refusal to let Ukraine go and join the rest of the old Warsaw Pact as part of Europe, it might have been that Putin did not want to give up his last connection to the West and make Russia a solely Asiatic power. Putin could have seen the refusal of the US and Europe to allow Ukraine to stay in the Russian orbit as saying, “Russia, we hate you and want nothing to do with you.” If so, Putin may have taken offense at this putdown. The result may be the increasing tension between Russia and the West. This would have little to do with Jewish control of American media and politics.
Lest we forget, Russia under the tsars defeated Napoleon in 1812, beginning his removal as emperor of France. In World War II, Stalin defeated Hitler, beginning his defeat. Russia has played key roles in European history.
I guess the question for me is, did Jews in the West significantly influence the decision to move against Russia by moving NATO to its front door and excluding it from various European activities, G-7 versus G-8 meetings, for example. Russia was included in the G-8, but since the invasion of Crimea, it has been excluded and now the meetings just consist of the G-7 (no Russia). Jews have been prominent in the foreign policy bureaucracy of both Democratic and Republican administrations.