by Don Hank
In view of Western journalism’s negative spin on all of Putin’s statements and their deliberate politically motivated misrepresentation of his actions, I make an effort to read all of Putin’s speeches and interviews in the original Russian. In the process I have discovered a vast chasm between what he says to his people and what Western journalists say he says. That is why I believe you will find some surprising facts and viewpoints in my commentary below.
A reader recently wrote:
Buying oil or trading in any way with Saudi Arabia, seems to entail some tacit arrangement to accept Whabbist influence as well!! (whichever way the money flows!!)
In the West, that is true but only because our Western elites are in full agreement with the Wahhabist agenda to eliminate Christianity. They are perfectly willing to sell the national soul because they do not partake in our grassroots respect for our traditions. In fact they hate them. Americans, even decent ones, have come to expect such treachery in all agreements made between world leaders.
President Vladimir Putin, however, operates on a much higher plane than this, which few understand.
He keeps business separate from politics in ways that Western governments would never dream of and simply cannot fathom. Simply put, they can’t believe that he is not selling out his country just as our elites are selling out ours. But so far it is clear that this is not the case at all.
For example, he had a deal with Turkey, set forth in a mutual declaration of intent, to run a gas pipeline through that country. Yet shortly after that instrument was signed, Russia became one of the few countries with the chutzpah to unequivocally declare that Turkey had once committed genocide against the Armenians. Even the US refrained from making such a declaration, for political reasons (they wanted military cooperation with Turkey). (Trump is absolutely right that the US does not know how to negotiate. We routinely give away our soul and get little in return).
And the amazing thing is that Putin got away with it. Turkey, though furious, did not back out of the pipeline deal despite Western expectations that they would.
This “new” (but actually old and forgotten) Eurasian philosophy of keeping business strictly separate from politics seems totally revolutionary and incomprehensible to the overly convoluted Western mind, although it was once the accepted principle applied to international treaties. The US has long trashed the older, time tested principles but Putin is reinstating them, and the implementation of these principles is the simple secret to his amazing success in garnering new partnerships everywhere so far but in the sclerotic North American continent.
Putin is accomplishing two important missions in pursuing this principle:
1—He is effortlessly managing to make lucrative deals with partner countries despite major philosophical differences between Russia and these countries, and
2—He is modeling this more professional and mature approach to business and politics to the entire world in an effort to educate those of us who are educable to accept it and apply it.
So far, dim-witted US policy makers and analysts of both major political parties seem to have absolutely no comprehension of what Putin is doing or why. They keep looking for the hidden clauses and for treachery on his part, which they are sure will turn up at some point. Thus, US policy makers can’t believe that Russia and the Saudis could possibly not have a secret deal similar to the petrodollar agreement between the US and Saudis (as discussed here) and seem to believe Putin must have signed some sort of secret agreement with them to support Wahhabism as the US has so shamefully done (eg, fighting wars that invariably redound to the death of Christians and other minorities – Iran is the next target), and is thereby compromising his principles, as the US has done (although it is clear that both Republican and Democrat US policy makers have no underlying principles of their own other than greed for power).
The above-described simplistic Western analysis of Putin’s policies is the only reading they are capable of after witnessing nothing but unprincipled and egocentric thinking on display in the US for decades.
But they are so sadly wrong.
And I admit: Even I had to wonder, in view of Putin’s weapons sales to the Saudis, whether he was not compromising his stand with Assad, for example, whom the Saudis want eliminated. But then he surprised everyone recently by stepping up military arms and troops shipments to Assad in the fight against ISIS. This behavior fit perfectly with his avowed principle of keeping business and politics separate (he has discussed this philosophy in his speeches and interviews but low-brow Western journalists, focused only on turning his words against him and having little comprehension of nuances, do not report this). This turn of events in Syria also fits in perfectly with the respect that Putin invariably shows for old friendships and promises.
Thus Putin has reinvented and applied a number of important principles, such as the Westphalian principles (respect for national sovereignties), loyalty and respect for friendships and promises made, and separation of politics and business, even as the US becomes increasingly arbitrary and oppressive in its treatment of its trade partners (as typified by the World Bank’s so called “safeguards” for gays and insistence that its lendees introduce privatization even when public administration of works functions perfectly well, as explained here). This aggressiveness toward its partners is why the US-led World Bank cannot compete with the AIIB, a Chinese-founded bank operating on the above-described principle, which we can best call the Eurasian Principle (since Russia’s allies, mostly Asian, also accept this same principle — and are succeeding economically as a result).
As I described here, Western analysts generally cannot grasp the straightforward Eurasian mind because it is devoid of the twists and turns, treachery and deceitfulness of Western policies.
But if the Eurasian principle — ie, time tested loyalty, respect for national sovereignties, adherence to promises made, and separation of business and policies — takes root and flourishes everywhere, including in the West, imagine the relative peace and prosperity it might eventually bring with it.
There is only one thing standing in the way of this happening, and that is, our dim Western understanding of this principle and our racist mistrust of all things Eurasian.
Overcoming this mistrust and this faulty understanding is paramount in today’s nuclear world and that is why I offer this first lesson in Putinology. In view of Western journalism’s negative spin on all of Putin’s statements, I make an effort to read all of Putin’s speeches and interviews in the original Russian. I sincerely believe that the principles expressed by Putin and his particular art of war may one day very well be the subject of serious academic study and that Putinology will be studied as intensely as Sun-Tzu’s Art of War.
At any rate, I hope my above commentary has opened some minds and would appreciate reading your comments in the forum below or via email to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.