July 18, 2018
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
Trump-Putin Summit Brouhaha Continues -
And It Comes On A Nearly Missed But Extremely Significant Anniversary
Literally thousands of items have shown up in recent days regarding American foreign policy, and specifically Russo-American relations, the just completed Helsinki Summit, and the narrative that continues unabated like the Energizer Bunny. Even after President Trump’s latest press statement of yesterday, the far Left crazies are doubling down on their completely insane accusations: Trump committed treason (quoth former CIA director John Brennan), he is worse than the Nazis (maybe he IS one?), his actions are worse than the Holocaust, etc. etc.
My earnest wish for them? May they all receive their just reward and eventually dwell in Dante’s lowest circle of Inferno, where treachery, betrayal, and pure evil are punished for all eternity. They richly merit it.
And the Neocons are now breathing a breath of relief, because, it seems, some of president’s advisors twisted his arm, persuaded him, as it were, to “clarify” his statement about our national intelligence agencies and to affirm that he believes their assessment about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
I am not going back and reconsider that question, as I have written about it previously and at length in earlier installments in this series. I will say that: (1) I understand why the president, under such severe pressure from his own Neocon advisors, would have been compelled to make that “correction,” but (2) I also believe that, given what he said and how he said it, fundamentally he still, rightly, harbors some doubts, and even in his clarification he continued to suggest that “others” might also have been involved.
While I strongly disagree with his apparent about-face as it represents a kind of retreat in the face of the unrelenting, anti-Trump opposition from the Deep State-controlled Intel community, and while I am disappointed, given the nature of the political and cultural war we find ourselves in, I also believe that the president’s underlying sentiments and his strategy of rapprochement with Russia will continue. Of course, the frenzied lunatic Russophobia of the far Left will continue apace, and the Neocons will continue to worry and sweat about the next time that President Trump will venture off the assigned reservation that they have attempted to map out for him. And that, as I see it, is still a reason for hope…and not a reason to excommunicate him. Criticize intelligently, encourage what we believe to be his more profound views (as he expressed them in the 2016) campaign, continue to illustrate in a convincing manner the basic incompatibility between the essential vision of Donald Trump as we understood it and the poisonous efforts by the Neocons to alter and pervert it for their own ideological purposes –this is where I come down.
At the end of this installment of My CORNER I will give a list of links to some excellent articles on this topics. Rather than trying to re-invent the wheel or repeat what I’ve written, I urge you, at your leisure, to check out these essays and their research, which, I believe, support the points I have been attempting to make.
But today, I wish to make a 180 degree change in emphasis (although perhaps it is not that extreme a change in emphasis?).
Let me ask: how many of you know what happened 100 years ago yesterday…July 17, 1918? And how fundamentally it affected the subsequent history of the world?
On that date Communist partisans in the city of Ekaterinburg, Russia, led by former Talmud student Yakov Yurovsky, brutally murdered and mutilated Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his children, and his household, in one of the most outrageous acts of regicide ever committed in human history. But it was not just that act, per se, that is so significant, but what it represented. For its actuality and symbolism unleashed over seventy years of direct Communist revolution, and even after the demise of Soviet Russia finally with the failed KGB coup of August 1991 (which, it must be pointed out again, Vladimir Putin, then vice-mayor of Leningrad, suppressed), the bastardized Marxist children of Lenin and Leon Trotsky still seem on the verge of accomplishing what their Soviet half-brothers were unable to achieve after the murder of the tsar.
Yet, in Russia today the citizens have turned a momentous corner—Tsar Nicholas and his family have been canonized as martyrs to the faith by the Orthodox Church and Vladimir Putin, that former KGB agent stationed in Dresden (and let me emphasize the word “former” for he has returned to the Orthodox Christian faith), now pays his respects to and honors not only the tsars and pre-revolutionary Russia, but charts a course for the Russian future which is decided nationalist, pro-Christian, and anti-Communist. No wonder that the American Left and our cultural Marxists despise him and post-1991 Russia…and no wonder the Neoconservatives whose genealogy is largely Russo-Jewish (from the Pale of Settlement) fear him and what they imagine might well be the recrudescence of anti-semitism (after all, for them ANY Russian nationalism is equated with anti-semitism and the bad old days of pogroms under the tsars).
But for those not completely inundated in such ideological infections, the fact that Russia is now formally and officially commemorating its older and non-Communist history and past, and making reparations spiritually for that incredibly and indelibly criminal act committed 100 years ago—an act that cries to Heaven, “clamor ad caelum”— that so signaled the tenor and theme of the 20th century, is indeed remarkable and a sign both of contradiction and of hope.
Thus it is that while here in the United States the leaders of the Democratic Party and GOP leaders rush to condemn the anti-democratic and anti-liberal course of Russia and its “violations” of “human rights” (you know, no same sex marriage, increasing restrictions of abortion, forbidding gay proselytization in Russian schools, support for traditional Orthodoxy and the opening of over 28,000 new Christian churches, etc.), the former Communist state and its people, having seen what the Communist “future” held and was all about, and having suffered under it for over seventy years, attempt to chart a new course. And all the while, the John McCains (good-bye, John—Dante has a place for you), Lindsey Grahams, The Weekly Standards, National Reviews, practically all the Democrats, most of the Fox punditry—in fact, just about all establishment opinion in the USA, far left or “(Neo)conservative movement incorporated,” seem bound and determined to eagerly accept the failed template.
Recall the words of I Peter 5:8: (Vulgate text) “Sobrii estote vigilate quia adversarius vester diabolus tamquam leo rugiens circuit quaerens quem devoret -- Be sober and vigilant, because your adversary the devil, like a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”
It is always easier, it seems, to see the devil far from us and not recognize the one within, closer to home, whether named paganism, “the Revolution,” liberalism, Socialism, Communism, or cultural Marxism. Malevolence is like the Greek Hydra, many headed and fatal—but the final results are always the same.
100,000 Pilgrims March in Memory of the Romanovs on the Centenary of Their Deaths
The Moscow Times (Russia)
Early in the morning of July 17, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led a 22-kilometer long procession in honor of the Romanov royal family on the 100th anniversary of their murder. Law enforcement agencies reported that well over 100,000 pilgrims participated. Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna, their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, along with physician Yevgeny Botkin and three servants, were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries on July 17, 1918 ... In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the entire family as saints ... A recent survey by the VTsIOM pollster found that a large majority of Russians consider the shooting of the royal family a "monstrous and unjust crime."
Patriarch Kirill I leads procession commemorating slain Czarist Family
YEKATERINBURG, July 17. /TASS/. As Russia observed the centenary anniversary since the brutal slaying of the family of the deposed Czar Nicholas II, which occurred in Yakerinburg overnight to July 17, 1918, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I led a vigil Cross-bearing procession of well over 100,000 pilgrims from the downtown Church on the Blood to the Ganina Yama district, the initial burial site of the slain family members.
Kirill I said before the beginning of the procession he planned covering the whole distance of 21 km on foot. He is leading a column of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims who have come from all the parts of Russia, as well as from Ukraine, Belarus, the UK, the US, France, Germany, and other countries.
Bolshevik revolutionaries executed Czar Nicholas II, who had abdicated more than a year prior to the execution, Czarina Alexandra, Crown Prince Alexis, Grand Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, family physician Eugene Botkin, Czarina’s room-maid Anna Demidova, court chef Ivan Kharitonov, and the Czar’s footman Alexei [Alois] Trupp overnight to July 17, 1918.
The Russian Orthodox Church canonized the Czar, the Czarina and their five children as holy regal martyrs for faith in 2000.
The vigil service and liturgy ended shortly after midnight. The Patriarch conducted it right on the square in front of the Church on the Blood in attendance of Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and all Ukraine, Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova, Metropolitan Juvenal of Krutsitsy and Kolomenkosye, Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg, Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and other hierarchs of the Church.
In all about 40 bishops, including some of them representing the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia took part in chanting the vigil and the liturgy. Sources at the diocese of Yekaterinburg said about 30,000 people took communion out on the square and the priests had brought more than a hundred communion chalices for the purpose - a record in its own right.
Moving ahead of the column is a group of clerics carrying a big icon of Nicholas II decorated with flowers. This is the main icon of the Monastery in the Name of Holy Regal Martyrs on Ganina Yama.
Anzhela Tambova, the press secretary of the Yekaterinburg diocese told TASS the check-in lists of the camp for the pilgrims showed people had come from practically all the corners of Russia.
"Moscow, St. Petersburg, Pskov, Blagoveshchensk in the Far East, Murmansk," she said naming just a handful of cities as an instance. Groups of pilgrims also came from Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, the US, the UK, Germany, Austria, France, and even from as far as New Zealand.
About 150 volunteers were seen escorting the column. They were split into 25 small mobile groups, which also included priests and nurses, who had taken a special training course at the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense.
The pilgrims who get tired have an opportunity to take seat in special busses. Installed along the route are freshwater stations.
Duke Pavel Kulikovsky-Romanov, a member of the Romanov Family Association, and members of his family are taking part in the march, too. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, the senior successor to the Romanov dynasty, and her son attended the patriarchal liturgy.
Walking among the pilgrims is a group of about a hundred young members of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. They have come from the parishes in Australia, the US, Germany, France, Israel, Georgia and other countries.
Young Orthodox Christian activists have a very extensive program in the Urals. Apart from visiting the commemorative places linked to Nicholas II’s family, they also take part in the services and plan giving a concert of spiritual music in Yekaterinburg.
An international forum of young Orthodox Christians has been timed for the anniversary.
One of the veterans of the Cross-bearing processions to Ganina Yama, Dr. Vladimir Bolshakov, who supervises research activities at the Ilya Glazunov Russian Academy of Painting and Sculpture, was the organizers of the first such procession in 1992.
"As if it was upon someone’s prearranged plan, the bulk of flights to Yekaterinburg were cancelled then," he said. "We had to take a train. The weather was quite horrible then, too, but decided to perform the Cross-bearing procession all the same. And imagine there only nine of use on the march back in 1992."
"Ever more new people are joining the columns after 2000 when the Holy Regal Martyrs were canonized," Dr. Bolshakov said.
Two young women from the southern Stavropol territory, Anna and Vera, told TASS they had to spend four night on a bus and went through the heatwave of more than 40 Centigrade on the way to Yekaterinburg. In addition, the bus went out of order several times.
"Still we feel a new surge of energy now and we hope to pray to the regal martyrs," Anna said.
A group of pilgrims from western Ukraine had some unpleasant surprises during the trip to Yekaterinburg, too. Not far from Yekaterinburg, the bus got into a road accident. The wreck was rather bad and the pilgrims said it was a miracle no one had been injured.
"Our route to Sverdlovsk was more than 4,000 km long and we really felt the Holy Regal Martyrs were helping us," said Xenia from Ukraine’s Rovno region. "People in Ukraine venerate to regal martyrs passionately."
Foer some of the pilgrims, participation in the ‘Czarist days’ has taken the shape of family tradition. For instance, Tatiana from the West-Siberian city of Tobolsk said she comes to Yekaterinburg for anniversaries of the Czarist Family execution for than fifteen years already. They began to take part in the commemorative events when the Church on the Blood did not exist yet.
"The Family wasn’t canonized by the Church yet and we simply ordered a remembrance service," she said. "The children would run around us and take blessings from the head of the diocese, Archbishop Vikenty."
Links on the Russiagate Scandal:
Binney and McGovern are former high level intelligence officers (both have appeared on Tucker Carlson’s program); Karlin is a Russia authority; and Buchanan has long been a prescient observers of Russian-American relations. Check these links out:
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, https://www.unz.com/proberts/is-president-trump-a-traitor-because-he-wants-peace-with-russia/
Patrick Buchanan, https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-calls-off-cold-war-ii/