Opposing Russophobia With Learned Russophilia
In this essay I address Russia’s current round of self-defence against the hostile incursions advanced by most of NATO’s 32 countries. The newest NATO country is Finland on the western boundary of Russia. Some would like to see Ukraine become the 33rd NATO country.
NATO’s incursions have grown and proliferated ever since the Cold War ended in 1991. I write as a Canadian who wants to see my country engage in friendly and constructive bilateral relations with Russia, a polity much like ours in many respects.
In seeking to move beyond the ugly impasse that currently casts Canada and Russia as warring protagonists, I shall explain the rise of an international movement whose enthusiasts seek to counter the antagonisms of the horrific military cataclysms already well underway. The aim of this movement is to help lay the groundwork of peace by studying and emphasizing the deep and vibrant contributions of Russia, a country whose cultural and artistic contributions are inestimable.
Russia and Canada are no. 1 and no. 2 in the world in terms of territorial size. Both polities are enormous in scale. Both have important cities as well as very large expanses of sparsely settled land. Our land base includes long oceanic coastlines that, in Canada’s case especially, are adjacent to massive archipelagoes.
Canada and Russia have neighbouring circumpolar claims to arctic sovereignty at the very top of the world. Not only do we share similar geographies, but Canadians and Russians are both blessed with many rich and diverse natural resources. The people and government of Canada could learn much from Russia by studying how its people, government and corporations are developing its resources to the great advantage of the Eurasian country both domestically and internationally.
Canada is a founding member of the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization established in 1949 to counter militarily what would become the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The US-led military entity, NATO, has wandered very far from its original mission. The Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are no more. The Canadian government would be well advised to disentangle itself from the vile US preoccupation with destroying the Russian Federation as if this mission constitutes some sort of left over business from the Cold War.
Put plainly, Russia and Canada share many attributes in common, a phenomenon that can and should form the basis of friendship and close collaboration across many fields of endeavour. For starters, the governments of Russia and Canada share the imperative of finding ways of helping their citizens to live fairly comfortably with some of the most severe winter climates on Earth. The imperative of both surviving and enjoying winter in Canada and Russia is epitomized by our shared prowess and preoccupation with hockey.
The Decline of Canada Under the Drag Queen Obsessions of Justin Trudeau
Canada is becoming a decrepit society in rapid economic and cultural decline. This rapid fall in virtually every measure of economic well being is because of the catastrophically bad and corrupt government of the regime headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Trudeau Liberals are backed up by a few feckless MP’s like the NDP followers of Jagmeet Singh. Singh’s group continues to bolster the Liberal Party’s longtime minority status in Parliament.
Part of Trudeau’s style of woke subservience to the climate change fraudsters presently dominating the West is manifest in his obsessive punishment of the oil and gas industry centred in Alberta. The citizens of Alberta, the main instigators of the Truckers’ Convoy movement, have consistently withheld giving electoral support to the minority government of the federal Liberals.
Russia’s rapid ascent as the current capital of an economically dynamic multipolar world order, stands in stark contrast to the Trudeau government’s stupor as much of the world passes Canada by. Under Trudeau’s Drag Queen-obsessed guidance, Canada is becoming a totally subservient colony to the imperial cabal that has made Ukraine a primary site for the most rank forms of underground crime.
As is well documented by the prolific West Point graduate, Joachim Hogopian, the criminal activities that thrive in the underground realm of the Ukrainian hotspot include prolific trafficking in child sex slaves and the marketing of their organs once they are used up by predators. The underground finances of the Ukraine crime capital buttress the wealth and power of many Western elites including of the notorious family that embody much of the corruption swirling around the current US President.
Countering Russophobia with Learned Russophilia
I offer my support to the Congress of the International Movement of Russophiles. This organization recently brought together in Moscow people from 40 countries. These self-declared Russophiles sought to counter the pervasive campaign of Russophobia currently being avidly promoted throughout the West. At the founding event at the Pushkin State Museum, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained, “We were ready for sanctions. But we did not expect that athletes, representatives of culture, actors, and journalists would fall under the [censorious] actions.”
The efforts to eliminate the classic literature of the likes of Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov from library shelves and from translation activities has been short sighted and xenophobic at best. At its worst this application of woke cancel culture to some of the great monuments of human literary achievement constitutes artistic vandalism on opioids.
Similar treatment is being meted out to cancel some of the travels and performances of the Bolshoi Ballet. Similarly censorious treatment is being directed at great Russian music compositions and their composers, both living or dead. The targets include the works and the memories of Pytro Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Pyotor Tchaikovsky. Segei Rachmaninoff, and Dmitri Shostavovich, All Targets of Dumbfounding Western Cancel Culture
The wanton censorship of the performances of Russian works of art in many theatres and Philharmonic Orchestra sites across the West is providing a fitting symbol of the arrogance and hubris of the top power brokers aligned in ruthless schemes of war for the self-aggrandizement of a tiny elite of over-entitled kleptocrats. Especially noteworthy is the aggressive cancel culture pointed in Milan, Paris and New York against the great Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. Designated by UNESCO in 2003 as an Artist for Peace, Maestro Gergiev was found to be guilty for refusing t
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