Saturday, October 29, 2022

                                              October 29, 2022


MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey


The American “War for Righteousness” is a War for Evil


Back on October 25, 2022 Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) celebrated the withdrawal by the Democratic congressional “progressive caucus” of their abortive letter (October 24) imploring the Biden administration to engage in serious negotiations with Russia and Ukraine to possibly end the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe that threatens rapidly to become a nuclear conflagration which could end life on earth as we know it.

Raskin is not just any ordinary Democratic congressman; he’s an important member of the special House commission which has been busily investigating that dire threat to “our democracy,” the January 6, 2021 “insurrection.” Yes, he’s a far Leftist and Jewish and his message is often just as frenzied and fanatical as that of any member of the Squad.  But with one major difference: he’s highly placed and well connected, part of the Democrat establishment, so when he speaks, he speaks with some authority for the party and its leadership.

After praising his fellow Leftists for withdrawing their plea for negotiations to end a cruel and vicious conflict—oddly, is that not what Leftists traditionally claim they do, demand “peace” and an “end to violence”?—and jumping on the jingoist and warmongering bandwagon, a spiraling path which may well end in nuclear holocaust, Raskin uttered his most important and revealing paragraph and the real reasons the US is deeply involved in a faraway conflict in Eastern Europe.

Whether he realized it or not, it summarizes the official (if unspoken) American and NATO stance on the conflict, and more, the real issues involved. Most everyone in positions of power and authority in Washington and Brussels understands them, but far too many regular Americans do not.

Here is Raskin stating why we must be in Ukraine:

“Moscow right now is a hub of corrupt tyranny, censorship, authoritarian repression, police violence, propaganda, government lies and disinformation, and planning for war crimes. It is a world center of antifeminist, antigay, anti-trans hatred, as well as the homeland of replacement theory for export. In supporting Ukraine, we are opposing these fascist views, and supporting the urgent principles of democratic pluralism.”

Sound familiar? It should, as it is the same litany of accusations we hear constantly and hysterically spouted by most of our legacy media domestically to attack, impugn and cancel those who question and challenge the latest conquests of our “liberal democracy.” The language is nearly identical, save for the location.

Those “ultra MAGA” types must be defeated, extinguished, whether in America or in Russia….

Raskin thus reveals the template, a universal template, which is employed both domestically here in the US and also globally by NATO and the EU to justify its actions in Ukraine…and elsewhere.

And those actions parallel consistently the actions of official American foreign policy generally since the end of World War II. Certainly, we had to oppose the advance of Soviet Communism after that war, and much of the justification for our foreign policy since then was just that: we had to defeat the Soviets, we had to defend “liberty,” but, more ominously, we had to “force” (in the words of Allan Bloom in his The Closing of the American Mind) “liberal democracy” on all those recalcitrant nations around the globe, whether they wished it or not.

And so-called American “conservatives” went along, as the threat of Communism was a potential game ender which we had to stop, at all costs. Yet, in retrospect, it appears that each “crise de guerre,” each crisis which enabled us to engage in what seemed “righteous” warfare at the time, turned out to be a false flag initiated by our government, whether the Gulf of Tonkin “incident” which propelled us into vicious on-the-ground participation in the Vietnam War; the WMDs in Iraq which we solemnly assured the world “were there secretly hidden by the evil Saddam Hussein” (but which weren’t—a myth manufactured by our zealous Neoconservative globalists); the Syrian “massacres and gas attacks,” purportedly engineered by President Bashar al-Assad (and his Russian allies), but in fact more false flags staged by John McCain’s terrorist Islamist friends; and the evangelical desire to convert Afghanistan—a nation with a thirteenth century Islamic culture—into a gleaming example of “modern” American Kulchur, replete with feminism, LGBTQ “rights,” and all the other blessings that habitually flow from our imperial foreign policy when we infect a targeted country with our version of progress and liberal democracy.

Our involvement in Ukraine is the latest chapter in this tragic procession of failed involvements engineered by those who have dominated our foreign policy (and also largely our domestic policies) in their chiliastic desire to establish what my late mentor, conservative Russell Kirk, termed a “Pax Americana,” a global entity which bandies about excessively the language of “democracy” and “human rights,” as it proceeds progressively to limit and end the actual liberties of the peoples it comes in contact with…whether here in the US with the weaponization of the DOJ and its armed Stasi-style FBI, or in countries around the world where the global “democratic” (read=tyrannical) boot of the US and its minions in NATO and the EU extinguish the heritage and traditional liberties of the inhabitants unfortunate enough to be recipient of American largesse.

Early on I found it fascinating to see Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi joined at the hip with Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham on their shared eagerness to engage potentially in nuclear war…over what? a faraway corner of Eastern Europe? Yet, it makes perfect sense: as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and other leaders, both Democrat and Republican, have openly exclaimed: this is a war to destroy a recalcitrant Russia and defenestrate its president Vladimir Putin, even if it takes the life of every poor Ukrainian to do it. It is open-ended, with the only end in sight the destruction of the Russian state and culture.

It’s boldest advocates say as much, as witness one zealous Neocon writing recently at the “conservative” Liberty Fund’s “Law & Liberty” Web site: Claremont Institute author Paul Schwennesen, in a violent piece, appropriately titled, “Will the ‘Ball of Liberty’ Roll into Russia?” (Oct0ber 26): Russia delenda est! (to paraphrase Cato the Elder’s pledge that Carthage had to be destroyed). The country of Russia, he states, must be defeated and broken up into lesser (and dependent) states.

It's part and parcel of the goal and objective to impose what is called “liberal democracy”--a New World Order--across the entire face of the globe. It is a goal shared by the likes of Pelosi and Graham, an objective which unites them. It is a goal which is spouted nearly every morning on “Fox & Friends” by the not-so-learned strategist, retired General Jack Keane, who represents a group ominously titled the “Institute for the Study of War.” Guess who else rules the roost at the Institute? Bill Kristol, former Democrat US Senator and avid warmonger Joe Liebermann, and former General David Petraeus, Neocon “experts” who literally foam at the mouth at the prospect of one more “little war” through which to impose American-style globalism on the rest of the world.

But this time it is different.

A few days before the Russian incursion into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the American puppet in Kiev, Volodymyr Zelensky, had gone to a Munich security conference and stated that Ukraine intended to re-acquire nuclear weapons. It was one of the factors which impelled President Putin, whose back had been pushed up against an immovable wall, to reluctantly act. Now the Russian government has stated that it has incontrovertible proof, proof which it is prepared to share at the UN or any world forum, that the US and its Ukrainian satrap in Kiev are planning to use a low-yield nuclear bomb, a “dirty bomb,”  in Ukraine as a justification to send in, formally not just on the sly, American ground troops (the US 101st Airborne is already preparing at the border of Ukraine ready for the orders from Biden to go in).

Vladimir Putin has cried foul and denounced this possible action, warning of this latest potential American false flag “incident.” Without even the slightest review of Russian evidence, the US State Department and our minions in Europe, have dismissed this serious accusation out of hand. But if the reinforced and replenished Russian army launches its long-expected offensive this fall and the Ukrainians begin to retreat, it may well be us and our underlings in Europe who launch World War III.

Russia has far more nuclear warheads than the US; if war on such a scale erupted, it would mean the virtual end of civilization as we know it. Yet, the policy wonks—the zealous anti-Russian Neoconservatives—in Washington seem mostly unconcerned (although there is news that they are providing antidotes to possible radiation fallout in certain select metropolitan areas).

Those in power in Washington and Brussels are quite willing to risk it all, because they—down deep—understand and share the full import of Jamie Raskin’s declaration. Among all media personalities none among the Leftist claque and only Tucker Carlson on the Right fully picked up on this. Beyond the highly-charged ideological farrago of verbiage about “liberal democracy,” “human rights,” and “LGBTQ rights,” there is a more profound issue, a more profound reason, which instinctively many of the rabid and frenetic armchair warriors in DC comprehend, but which far too few so-called patriotic “conservatives” see.

Tucker asks: “What could possibly be the justification for” all the hyper-aggressive moves by the US and its minions which could well end in nuclear war?

“We've wondered. Anyone who's paying attention has had to have wondered that. Well, this week, Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland, of Bethesda, answered that question. Russia is an orthodox Christian country with traditional social values and for that reason, it must be destroyed, no matter what the cost to us. This is not a conventional war. This is a jihad. Jamie Raskin said that out loud, but many in Washington agree with him in both parties. They would like to see World War Trans immediately….”

That’s it; reread Raskin’s statement again.  At base it comes down to a major power, a “sign of contradiction,” refusing to go along with the demonic globalization and secularization of the world by those who, consciously or not, are acting as advance units for the Antichrist. It is one thing when a minor irritant—Hungary, let’s say—refuses to go along with the world global reset, but quite another when Russia doesn’t. Accordingly, it must be crushed; Ukraine and its suffering population are only a battered stepping-stone in that open-ended process.

As Feodor Dostoevsky saw frighteningly more than one-hundred and fifty years ago, that actual war was unleashed by Caiaphas and his minions in Biblical Times, it is the age-old conflict between the forces of Evil and those of Good.

Irish poet W. B. Yeats visualized it in all its horror in the smoldering ashes of World War I:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born
? –“The Second Coming” (1919)

There is a verse which has been chanted for a millennium in the ancient Latin Night Office, Compline, which warns us: “Be sober and vigilant; because your Adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." [I Peter 5:8]

That roaring and lurid Adversary bids well to sit in positions of authority and power over us, and its goal is to destroy the precious legacy and inheritance confided to us two-thousand years ago. What is occurring in Ukraine is one facet, the latest installment, in that conflict, but one which may well bring on the Eschaton.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

                                           October 4, 2022



MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey

Advancing to Armageddon 

                        Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                            Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                            The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
                            The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                            The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                            Are full of passionate intensity. - Wm. B. Yeats, 1919



I think it fascinating that our Western news media have only quoted or cited a portion of the speech that Vladimir Putin gave yesterday (October 3) on the accession of four historically and heavily ethnic Russian regions back into Russia (which were arbitrarily assigned to Ukraine back in the 1920s and, Crimea, in 1954). Obviously, our media--including notoriously Fox News in its news reporting--is fixated on Russia's apparent "nuclear threat." Somehow they fail to mention that it was the US and NATO who first rattled the nuclear cage and warned Russia of "dire consequences" of operations in Ukraine, while pouring billions of dollars worth of high tech armaments into the cauldron.

Yet, as I have mentioned in several of my published columns, the issues are not only geopolitical and concerning global hegemony, but also deeply religious in nature...whether we wish to admit it or not, and whether we think that Putin's invasion was justified or not. Indeed, the American position officially since February 24 is that we will continue this conflict, stoking it continually, and raising the stakes higher at every moment, essentially until "we" (that is, the US and its satraps in NATO and its minion in Kiev) defeat Russia and depose its president...even if means the cruel death of every Ukrainian on the ground in this proxy war.

Indeed, as several media outlets now admit, back in the spring both Russia and Ukraine--Putin and Zelensky--had agreed on an acceptable formula to end the conflict: Ukraine would not join NATO and Russia would withdraw its troops from the Donbas. Putin and Zelensky had reportedly even agreed to meet personally.  Ah, but no, the US State Department stepped in and pulled Zelensky's chain: absolutely unacceptable, said our government; nothing less than the end of Putin and the destruction of Russia would do, even if that meant what Secretary Anthony Blinken called "acceptable casualties and losses" (occasioned by nuclear exchanges?).

This, in itself, should be extremely sobering—and frightening—to every concerned American. Yes, we are talking once again about Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) on a global scale, which makes John Foster Dulles's comment in the 1950s a minuscule cipher.

Are there no grown-ups in the room?

The evidence of this is multiplying by the day for anyone who searches it out. And since both the Ukrainians and the Russians now understand this, and that the only real world power capable of calling a halt to this is the US--which is doing the exact contrary--we find ourselves in a situation similar to the great powers in the fateful weeks leading up to the outbreak of World War I, what one historian has called "sleepwalking into world war." But the consequences, with nuclear warheads, will be far more devastating this time, perhaps the very end of the world as we know it.

Like then, it could be avoided...but like then, the zealots, most especially the Neoconservatives and globalists in Washington and Brussels who literally detest Russia and its president, are only speeding up, almost giddily, the timetable for Armageddon.

As I wrote at the outset, there was something equally, if not more important in Putin's speech. It was ignored, perhaps on purpose, by the Western media. And it frames the fundamental question and, if you will permit me, adds an eschatological element to what is occurring before our eyes. Towards the end of his remarks Putin spoke of a growing Russian understanding of this conflict: this has become a war not just for Ukrainian but also Russian, survival. For the Russians it has become at base a religious conflict between East and West in which they draw upon their thousand-year history, their brutal war experiences and suffering (which in many respects, ironically, are shared by their brothers in Ukraine), and their resilient faith: 

Vladimir PUTIN, excerpt from Speech on the Occasion of the Accession of the Donbas, Kherson, and Zaporozhe Oblasts in Russia, October 3, 2022 (I have used a couple of different translations for this):

…Now I would like…to address also all citizens of the country – not just the colleagues that are in the [St. George’s] hall [in the Kremlin]– but all citizens of Russia: do we want to have here, in our country, in Russia, “parent number one, parent number two and parent number three” (in the West they have completely lost it!) instead of mother and father? Do we want our schools to impose on our children, from their earliest days in school, perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? Do we want to drum into their heads the ideas that certain other genders exist along with women and men and to offer them gender reassignment surgery? Is that what we want for our country and our children? This is all unacceptable to us. We have a different future of our own.


Let me repeat that the dictatorship of the Western elites targets all societies, including the citizens of Western countries themselves. This is a challenge to all. This complete renunciation of what it means to be human, the overthrow of traditional values, and the suppression of freedom are coming to resemble a “religion in reverse” – pure Satanism. Exposing false messiahs, Jesus Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” These poisonous fruits are already obvious to people, and not only in our country but also in all countries, including many people in the West itself.


The world has entered a period of a fundamental, revolutionary transformation. New centres of power are emerging. They represent the majority – the majority! – of the international community. They are ready not only to declare their interests but also to protect them. They see in multipolarity an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty, which means gaining genuine freedom, historical prospects, and the right to their own independent, creative and distinctive forms of development, in a harmonious process.


As I have already said, there are many like-minded people in Europe and the United States, and we feel and see their support. An essentially emancipatory, anti-colonial movement against unipolar globalist hegemony is taking shape in the most diverse countries and societies. Its power will only grow with time. It is this force that will determine our future geopolitical reality.


Today, we are fighting for a just and free path, first of all for ourselves, for Russia, in order to leave globalist dictatorship and despotism in the past. I am convinced that countries and peoples understand that a policy based on the exceptionalism of whoever it may be and the suppression of other cultures and peoples is inherently criminal, and that we must close this shameful chapter. The ongoing collapse of Western hegemony is irreversible. And I repeat: things will never be the same again.


The battlefield to which destiny and history have called us is a battlefield for our people, for the great historical Russia, for the faith of our ancestors. For the great historical Russia, for future generations, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We must protect them against enslavement and monstrous experiments that are designed to cripple their minds and souls.


Today, we are fighting so that Russia, our people, our language, and our culture cannot be erased from history. Today, we need a consolidated society, and this consolidation can only be based on sovereignty, freedom, creation, justice, and faith. Our values ​​are humanity, mercy and compassion.


And I want to close with the words of a true patriot and valiant Christian, Ivan Ilyin: “If I consider Russia my Motherland, that means that I love as a Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak as a Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. Its spirit is my spirit; its destiny is my destiny; its suffering is my grief; and its prosperity is my joy.”


Behind these words stands a glorious spiritual choice, which, for more than a thousand years of Russian statehood, was followed by many generations of our ancestors. Today, we are making this choice once again….

                                                        May 12, 2023      MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey   Ukraine, the Neoconservatives...