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Dugin: World War 3 Is Coming

Putin's favorite ideologue calls for total mobilization of Russia against decadent West
Dugin: World War 3 Is Coming

Did you see the idiotic triumphalism from Anne Applebaum in the wake of Ukraine's recent battlefield triumphs? "It's Time To Prepare For A Ukrainian Victory" said the headline. She wrote in the Atlantic, in part:

But even though the fighting may still take many turns, the events of the past few days should force Ukraine’s allies to stop and think. A new reality has been created: The Ukrainians could win this war. Are we in the West really prepared for a Ukrainian victory? Do we know what other changes it could bring?

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She goes on to fantasize about Putin's fall.

Meanwhile, here's Putin's favorite Russian nationalist ideologue, Alexander Dugin, with some rather less sunny words. Remember, you don't have to agree with Dugin -- some of what he says is hysterical -- but you do need to take seriously the fact that very many Russians in power believe it. Excerpts:

We are on the brink of World War III, which the West is compulsively pushing for. And this is no longer a fear or expectation, it is a fact. Russia is at war with the collective West, with NATO and its allies (though not with all of them: Turkey and Greece have their own position and some European countries, primarily but not only France and Italy, do not want to actively participate in a war with Russia). Yet, the threat of a third world war is getting closer and closer.

Whether it will come to the use of nuclear weapons is an open question. But the probability of a nuclear Armageddon grows by the day. It is quite clear, and many American military commanders (such as the former American commander in Europe Ben Hodges) openly declare it, that the West will not even be satisfied with our complete withdrawal from the territory of the former Ukraine, we will end up on our own soil, insisting on 'unconditional surrender' (Jens Stoltenberg), 'de-imperialisation' (Ben Hodges), dismemberment of Russia.

In 1991, the West was content with the collapse of the USSR and our ideological surrender, primarily by accepting the Western liberal ideology, political system and economy under Western leadership. Today, the red line for the West is the existence of a sovereign Russia, even within the borders of the Russian Federation.

The AFU's counter-attack in the Kharkiv region is a direct attack by the West on Russia. Everyone knows that this offensive was organised, prepared and equipped by the US and NATO military command and took place under their direct supervision. It is not only the use of NATO military equipment, but also the direct involvement of Western aerospace intelligence, mercenaries and instructors. In the eyes of the West, this is the beginning of 'our end'. Once we have made a weakness in the defence of the territories under our control in the Kharkiv region, we can be further defeated. This is not a small success of the Kiev counteroffensive, but the first tangible success of the NATO forces' Drang nach Osten.

Is Dugin wrong about NATO's role in helping the Ukrainians? Surely not. You don't have to agree with Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- I certainly do not! -- to recognize why the Russians see what the conflict has become as a proxy war by the West on Russia. They're not wrong.

Dugin calls for total Russian mobilization for war. Putin has called the war so for a "Special Military Operation" (SMO) to avoid mobilization. Now Dugin says the entire country must be put on war footing.

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He talks about the nations of the world who are on Russia's side. It's a rogue's gallery. The idea that most of those countries -- including China, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela -- offer any kind of desirable future is risible. But the point is not what makes sense to us. If we are going to avoid World War 3, we have to think like Russians do.

Dugin says:

At the heart of the global confrontation that has begun is the spiritual, religious aspect. Russia is at war with an anti-religious civilisation that fights God and overthrows the very foundations of spiritual and moral values: God, the Church, the family, gender, man. With all the differences between Orthodoxy, traditional Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or Buddhism, all religions and the cultures built upon them recognise divine truth, the high spiritual and moral dignity of man, honouring traditions and institutions - the state, the family, the community. The modern West has abolished all this, replacing it with virtual reality, extreme individualism, the destruction of gender, universal surveillance, a totalitarian 'abolition culture', a post-truth society.

Open Satanism and outright racism flourish in Ukraine, and the West only supports them.

We are dealing with what the Orthodox elders call the 'civilisation of the Antichrist'. Russia's role is therefore to unite believers of different faiths in this decisive battle.

You must not wait for the world enemy to destroy your home, kill your husband, son or daughter... At some point it will be too late. God forbid we live to see such a moment.

The enemy offensive in the Kharkiv region is just that: the beginning of a real war of the West against us.

The West demonstrates its intention to start a war of annihilation against us - the third world war. We must bring together all our deepest national potential to repel this attack. With all means: thought, military force, economy, culture, art, internal mobilisation of all state structures and each of us.

Again, the idea that Putin's kleptocracy represents the forces of holiness and decency is absurd. "Open Satanism" in Ukraine is risible (but open Satanism in Washington is not -- did you see Biden's monkeypox czar?). But you know, I think Dugin is far more right than wrong about the spiritual nature of the West today. In particular:

Russia is at war with an anti-religious civilisation that fights God and overthrows the very foundations of spiritual and moral values: God, the Church, the family, gender, man. With all the differences between Orthodoxy, traditional Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or Buddhism, all religions and the cultures built upon them recognise divine truth, the high spiritual and moral dignity of man, honouring traditions and institutions - the state, the family, the community. The modern West has abolished all this, replacing it with virtual reality, extreme individualism, the destruction of gender, universal surveillance, a totalitarian 'abolition culture', a post-truth society.

You don't have to accept Dugin's claims that Russia is fighting some kind of holy war against this enemy -- I emphatically do not -- to believe that Dugin's description of what the West has become is pretty much on target. Why does this matter? Because all of us in the West need to think about what it is we are defending. What values we are advancing in the world. It is an ugly picture, a picture of desecration and destruction. Seeing this clearly does not make you a Putinist. It just means you can read the signs of the times. One of my sources for Live Not By Lies, a scientist and anti-communist immigrant to the US from the Soviet bloc, told me yesterday:

From a small power plant substation, to the highest echelons of the government — the key for selecting successful candidates has not been experience or erudition but ideological loyalty and conformity. I am not talking about HR or PR departments. I am talking about jobs where intelligence, knowledge and ethics — not skin color or sexual preference —  matter the most; jobs in medicine, engineering, education, etc.

Believe it or not, people who filled scientific, engineering or medical positions under communism were not selected because of their party loyalty but because of their competence. Even blatant transgressions against the regime were often overlooked. That’s the only reason I could study, for example. The commies needed their bridges to stand, buildings not to collapse, their rockets to fly; their numbers to add up. Yes, they might have been a bit evil, but do I miss their cool rationality! Really.

It’s quite different now. Even if everybody here somehow stopped living by lies, all would collapse nonetheless. We are done for.

God help us.

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Adam X
Adam X
Well luckily the American economy is fine and our leaders would never risk starting a world war to distract us from that… /s
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JON FRAZIER
JON FRAZIER
I've been saying of late that as Russia suffers losses (and that is happening) Putin may become desperate enough to do, well anything. And it is all about Putin in that: Russia the nation will recover from a defeat. Putin would likely find his career at an abrupt end.
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    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    And you studied geopolitics where?
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    Jacqueline Rose
    Jacqueline Rose
    I actually worry more about what the west will do if and when it becomes clear that Russia will win. After all, America is the only nation to have ever used nuclear weapons in war. Russia is slowly and methodically destroying huge amounts of western munitions and, unfortunately, decimating the Ukrainian troops. Who will fight for the west, and with what will they fight? Yes, it's possible that Russia could lose, although that seems really unlikely, still, what will the west do if they don't?
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      JON FRAZIER
      JON FRAZIER
      The Russian war effort so far has failed.
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Zenos Alexandrovitch
Zenos Alexandrovitch
"A new reality has been created: The Ukrainians could win this war."

No. Ukrainians do not have the infantry power to do so. That they are already drafting women and convicts only increases the weight of this reality. And amid a huge defection and causality ratio, means that whatever they've got going id unsustainable. Compared to the forces they are facing and compared to the attrition forces they could face - Ukrainian advances have only ever occurred in regions where Russian troops had mostly left. No amount of NATO weapons can change that basic reality. NATO weapons can only slow Russia (though some of the weapons were directly delivered to Russia and much of it ends up on the black market without ever making it within combat range.
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Zenos Alexandrovitch
Zenos Alexandrovitch
You could of course mention how Ukrainian radical extremists murdered his daughter with a car bomb. Such an attack on a civilian is typical of the Ukrainian Regime which slaughters it's own people.
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Zenos Alexandrovitch
Zenos Alexandrovitch
And furthermore, Dugin isn't really representative of the current Russian government. If they listened to Dugin, the rest of Ukraine would have been invaded after the annexation of Crimea.

God bless Dugin though. He has more geopolitical sense than apparently anyone in the west.
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Jacqueline Rose
Jacqueline Rose
It might help you to think more clearly if you stopped conflating Russia with Putin. They are not coterminous. The west, via its hapless proxy Ukraine, actually does pose an existential threat to Russia, not merely to Putin. I ask you, when have American foreign policy and military 'experts' ever been shy to pontificate about the supposed imperative to weaken and undermine Russia? The wokeish among them they have now gone so far as to fantasize about the "decolonization" of the Russian Federation. Oddly enough, this decolonization looks at lot like good old fashioned colonization, as one can only assume how eager the west will be to 'help' the new little baby ex-Russian states exploit all their resources, strictly in accordance with WEF stakeholder values of course. Pride parades for all; attendance is mandatory.

You talk a lot about how awful Putin is, and how the invasion of Ukraine was unjustified and, according to you, can't ever be justified. There seem to be a lot of experts on Putin and Russia in the western media, but no one seems to know much about Ukraine. Some conservatives fret about the billions that are being spent on military aid to that country, but is anyone curious about how many billions of American dollars were spent turning Ukraine into a psychotic fascist basket case? How much was spent on equipping and training neo-Nazi battalions? Lining the pockets of the scores of rapacious oligarchs and run of the mill crooked bureaucrats who made Ukraine the most corrupt (and poorest) country in Europe for years? Did you know that the US government funds a Ukrainian website called Myrotvorets, which publishes the names and personal information of the "enemies of Ukraine", one of which, the daughter of the philosopher you mention above, was recently targeted and killed by a Ukrainian woman in a terrorist attack near Moscow? I'm rather surprised, actually that you don't mention the recent murder of Daria Dugina at all.

There is something deeply spiritually wrong with Ukraine, and the United States has purposely exploited its spiritual sickness and has now driven it over the brink of madness. The rabid hatred of Russians, encouraged and funded, no doubt, by American propagandists, has led Ukrainians to embrace evil. They drink punch called "the blood of Russian babies" at school events (good, harmless nationalistic fun, apparently), and order cakes with pictures of dead Russian soldiers on them. They call the mothers of Russian soldiers from the dead men's phones and torment them. They name drinks in Lviv bars after famous civilian victims of the Ukrainian army shelling of Donbas (the Gorlovka Madonna, for example, killed while carrying her infant daughter). These are not rumors or Russian propaganda, they film themselves doing these things because they are proud of their hatred. It is the foundation of their Ukrainian nationalistic pride, which nationalism was, of course, always based on hatred ever since its WWII Nazi inception.

Americans know next to nothing about Ukraine. They don't know about the thousands of civilian victims of the Ukrainian army's constant shelling of Donbas since 2014, which continues to this day, only now many civilians, including children, are killed by American weapons donated by our idiotic government and paid for by us. Since westerners often have to help the Ukrainians aim the weapons systems, perhaps they are even participating directly in these heinous acts, who knows? They don't know that Ukraine has outlawed all opposition parties and all non-government approved media. Ukraine can no longer be considered a "democracy" in any meaningful way. Long before the war they persecuted Russian speakers by outlawing their language and now have made it a crime to accept humanitarian aid from Russians. Ukrainian politicians would rather their citizens die of thirst and hunger than accept food and water from Russians. The punishment, by the way, is up to 15 years in jail, if you survive being "liberated" by the Ukrainians, which many people do not. They are currently seeking out "collaborators" in Kharkiv, something Zelensky himself announced when he went to Izyum the other day and was, incidentally, photographed standing next to a soldier wearing Nazi insignia.

I anticipate the whataboutism sure to be generated by this comment. Before anyone starts I'll just point out that my tax dollars are not going to support anything the evil Putin and his Russian orcs do. My tax dollars are supporting the atrocities committed by the Ukrainians, as I have no choice in the matter. At the very least, however, I can educate myself about the evil that I am, however unwillingly, complicit in. Ukraine is ruled by a criminal oligarchy who have now successfully silenced their critics and outlawed opposition. I have followed Ukrainian politics for many years because I am of Ukrainian heritage and so I know that other people in the west used to know these things about Ukraine too. They used to be concerned about the corruption and the powerful neo-Nazi faction in politics and the military. Vice made a documentary about it and the New York Times, along with many other mainstream publications, wrote about it for goodness sake. Now Ukraine has been washed clean by the tsunami of western hatred for Russia. We cheerfully overlook their criminality, brutality, murderousness, and lies simply because we share their hatred. Whoever wins, this is an evil situation that will not end well.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    Re: There is something deeply spiritually wrong with Ukraine

    You can say the same about every nation on Earth-- and that includes Russia too.
    You are right that we shouldn't conflate Russia with Putin, nor any nation with a bad leader. But I would think better of Russia if the nation would pack Putin off to retirement in a dacha somewhere north of Tunguska.
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Giuseppe Scalas
Giuseppe Scalas
The curse and blessing of our times is that no war can be won that isn't a total war.
A curse, because wars tend to last forever and to end by exhaustion.
A blessing, because most nations know that and refrain from war.
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    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    Peace is not the opposite of war. There is nothing real uniting the nations and that most refrain from war is because they are locked into a world order designed to disadvantage and exploit them - classical reasons for war.
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