by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog
There is no doubt that were Israel threatened with the forced implementation of even something as fundamentally just and decent as a two-state solution they would resort to using nuclear bombs. They are dead-set on waging war until they get all the Palestinians' lands, and they have made it clear that there is no place for non-Jews (non-White Jews, actually) inside this land they have stolen as if human mores had not changed since the 19th century.
In the blink of a post-corona eye, Russia has become something quite similar.
As former Russian ex-president Dmitry Medvedev just reiterated, if the Russian nation is seriously threatened with defeat nuclear weapons will be used in self-defence. Other than North Korea, only Israel feels the need to use such language.
Russia and North Korea are genuine nations, ones whose existence was not entirely contrived by and for Western imperialism, but in many ways Russia has become a new Israel. To be more accurate - Russia is now the counterpoint and antithesis of Israel.
Just as Israel, the poisoned blade of Western capitalism and imperialism, faces and constantly thrusts east and south, now Russia is the South and East's defensive rampart facing West.
Russia has gone from post-1991 kowtowing to Western liberal democracy - earnestly trying to join them - to realising that the West has declared total war against them. How can there be a reconciliation? War in the Donbass has been going on for nearly a decade - that's not the blink of an eye. Anyway, the West simply does not remove sanctions once in place - look at decades of Western policy towards Iran, Cuba, North Korea, etc. - barring total capitulation. The West only removed sanctions on China because they absurdly thought that China had gone capitalist and that it had all just been Mao's doing. Sanctions are now back in force, as Xi has reflected the broad persistence of socialism in China.
The alleged end of history was based on the idea that only one type of civilisation existed any more, but it's clear that there is a false idolatry of a West which exists in only in theoretical words and not in practical deeds, and there is a tolerant and truly diverse non-West which insists on national sovereignty and the right to cultural differences.
The West's outpost in Asia is well-known - Israel - and it is not just a rich colonialist's whim and folly. Israel serves as an imperialist foothold to destabilise the entire Muslim world and Africa - training, funding and supporting all types of awful monarchies and puppet governments - and for these crimes they suffer internally from the awful, unstable Apartheid they have created.
The surprising development is that non-Western bloc's frontier has shifted West: from 1979 onwards it was clearly Iran. Forty years of war on and around Iran failed to topple the revolution, and drained the West of vital tangible and moral resources. The non-Western frontier has now been pushed back to Russia.
Russia is the country that - for reasons which are diametrically and morally the opposite for the reasons of Israel's existence - will now serve as the non-Western bloc's frontier, a frontier which will be in long-term combat and instability.
This top Russian talk show just discussed this same idea, essentially: without a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0 - something that scares the West into backing down - this war has no end in sight. Russia will not be allowed to sue for peace - they are looking at a much longer war than in the Muslim World, as Russia is on the true frontier of the West and not merely surrounding a colonial outpost.
But it's a new type of world: Russia is the frontier in a war which will accelerate the legal and practical formation of a new world order - that of West versus non-West; of NATO versus BRICS; of corporate domination versus the sovereignty of a nation united, and more.
This war is total - not in terms of forces used but in what it encompasses:
Economically, Russians - with all their history of state control of assets to direct them towards the people's good - simply could not accept the idea that corporate CEOs should be above the people's elected representatives. This, of course, is what Western liberal democracy is based upon: markets, prices, supplies, wages, jobs and stocks are exclusively controlled by billionaire elite - and they insist that this is the only political advance needed following the end of bloodline monarchy.
Politically, whereas the West looks at itself and sees the victory of liberal democracy, Russia and others look at places like the European Union and see a continent which has been roiled by constant turmoil since that project went fully online in 2009. And the EU is supposed to be the sophisticated one in the Western bloc! Russia has ended the one claim the EU could plausibly make - that the EU prevents war: Brussels did all it could to subvert the 2014 Minsk Accords and to reject peace efforts over the past year.
Monetarily, the idea that the dollar is as good as gold is no longer tenable, and this was true before record inflation. That the daily users of the once-mighty euro don't grasp this only shows their lack of intelligence and the obvious subversion of their own leaders. Petroyuans, gold-backed rubles, Iranian state-backed cryptocurrency - these are the answers and the certain future.
Culturally, the West is fighting for things which the majority of their own people do not even want - some sort of open-air Amsterdam brothel or dreadful, drug-ravaged San Francisco commune. It has been written that this non-West/West debate is actually anthropological because the West is redefining what "man", "woman" and "family" is. I prefer not to waste time on this, as it is so absurd and so obviously led by and for a tiny minority, but certainly for many Westerners upending "conservative" definitions seems to be their raison d'être - the class struggle, anti-imperialism, internationalism, the mass deaths of the Western war machine all apparently bore them. It's also clear that the average Westerner is greatly shocked and often affected by this useless "war" and worries over its effects for future generations, but in the West such persons are silenced or self-censor.
Just as Israel is on the wrong side of all these issues, so Russia has become - justified or not - the standard-bearer of the other side. It is a good thing, because the West could never follow or accept a Muslim to carry this standard, like Iran has done. Unlike with Iran, when Western propagandists criticise the allegedly "arch-conservative" Russia they can't resort to "anti-Brown" scaremongering, stereotypes and absurdities, because Westerners are far more familiar with and similar to Russian Slavs.
It is now a two-world world, and the frontier is the Eurasian borderlands - i.e. the definition of "Ukraine".
There is no chance that Russia can be defeated and dismembered - not only do they have nukes of course, but their friends (China, Iran probably India and maybe even Turkey and Egypt) wouldn't allow it. The same probably goes for Israel - their Western allies would force their own peoples to suffer anything to keep Israelis from sharing one olive farm, much less dividing the land in two. Anyway, as that talk show discussed, there's just no way the West would personally engage in the WWII-sized conflict which it would take to achieve their desire of a dismembered Russia.
The conscience of Israelis surely allows them no true peace - they are always in an unwinnable settler war (the Anglosphere has combined genocide with isolation (reservations) for their indigenous peoples, but the isolation tactic cannot work long-term on Palestinians) - but Russians must grapple with the fact that they will be much like the Muslim World for the past 20 years: the focus of Western imperialist aggression, monstrosities and lies.
In this sense the world today is very much like it was from WWII until 1991, when Russians led the only empire where the center was bled for the benefit of the periphery.
Despite the fighting going on in eastern Ukraine it's not World War III but clearly Cold War II, with Israel and Russia the unstable frontiers facing each other in ideological, philosophical, political and economic war.
Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His latest book is ' France's Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West's Best Values'. He is also the author of ' Socialism's Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism' as well as ' I'll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China'.