The end of all illusions: the West wages a war to destroy Russia

By Vladimir Kornilov

Curtain up for Bucha 2.0: Another charade by Kiev, in which “mass graves” were allegedly discovered shortly after the withdrawal of Russian troops. This time in the city of Izyum. Again, it amounts to clear evidence that with the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, the informal “special operation” against Russia is intensifying. It’s not even about Kiev’s actions. Officials invent primitive fake news against the Russian state and its army 24 hours a day, 24 hours a day.

One indicator of this is the way in which this fake news is promptly picked up by Western politicians, who are already calling for an “international tribunal” to punish Russia, while Western mainstream media, in a coordinated push, are launching unsubstantiated claims of “mass executions and torture in Izyum ‘ put on their front pages.

This latest propaganda caper is blatant and would be easy to refute. But the unanimous response from the West shows that no one there is interested anymore in how and when the people buried in the cemetery died. The culprit was determined in advance. And it had to be Russia. Because only this judgment fits into the overall strategy of the western media campaign around Ukraine.

However, on closer inspection, none of this has anything to do with Ukraine. The West is completely indifferent to what happened to these Ukrainians or how they died. The West doesn’t give a damn how many Ukrainians died because it’s not waging a war alongside the Ukrainians. And certainly not for the interests of Ukraine.

We need to get this straight: the West is waging a bitter war against the Russian state, using Ukrainian forces and Ukrainian citizens as cannon fodder, and covering it up with the fig leaf of “defending democracy”.

However, what the West really wants is the destruction of Russia. Forever. irrevocable.

Janusz Bugajski recently published his book Failed State: A Guide to Russia’s Rupture. It should be emphasized that this book was not written as an answer to the Ukraine conflict, but is a logical continuation of everything this “Kremlin logician” has been talking and writing about for years. He published in the influential Washington newspaper in early 2019, three years before Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine began The Hill an editorial entitled “Managing Russia’s Dissolution”.

Bugajski’s book was not just a daydreamer’s theoretical speculation. In it, an outspoken Russophobe calls for direct action. Suffice it to recall that Bugajski has openly called on the White House to support regional and ethnic self-determination within the Russian Federation. At the same time, he speculated about which regions of the Russian state, destroyed by the West, should receive independence, and which should go to Ukraine, Finland, Japan and even China.

One cannot say that Bugajski’s editorial in The Hill is the only theoretical work on the disintegration of the Russian state. But other writings, at least those available to the public, still try to whitewash blatant calls for the dissolution of the Russian state with the argument that they only want to weaken the Russian state. For example, in a sensational study by the US think tank RAND, which was published in 2019 on behalf of the US Department of Defense.

But now the masks have fallen and the squad of Russophobes can openly articulate their long-cherished dreams. The British Newspaper DailyTelegraph recently published an article by former NATO Commander-in-Chief in Europe General Ben Hodges. In it, the general conveys his thoughts on preparing for the disintegration of Russia. Hodges, who works for CEPA, a lobbying agency funded by US arms manufacturers and NATO, is arguably one of the most active figures in Western media on the Ukraine crisis right now.

In his editorial, the general expresses hope that the collapse of the Russian state will be fueled by its ethnic diversity and Western economic sanctions will create a situation in which it will be impossible to feed 144 million people. The American apparently hasn’t considered how this way of thinking could be transferred to his home country, which has been rocked by race riots in recent years.

In the ranks below Hodges, the idea was gratefully taken up by lesser-known figures operating in the ideological field of Russophobia. The Polish Magazine New Eastern Europe published an article on the “deconstruction of Russia” and the “reconstruction of the post-Russian space”, calling it a risky but inevitable scenario. The authors call on the West to initiate the disintegration of the Russian state immediately.

Canadian-British professor Taras Kuzio reiterated this request on the Atlantic Council website. The Atlantic Council is a NATO-affiliated interest group and an important mouthpiece for Western Russophobes. Kuzio also solemnly declared that the process of “the collapse of Putin’s Russian empire” had begun.

Vladimir Yushkin of Estonia, also a top “Kremlin logician,” repeated Hodges’ theses almost verbatim on the website of the International Center for Defense and Security. However, he added the nonsense about an alleged “colonization of Siberia by the Chinese” in the offing. This shows us that he doesn’t know how to interpret statistics.

Estonia’s President Alar Karis circulated all these supposed prophecies in political circles. At the opening of a NATO military committee conference in Tallinn, he urged the chiefs of staff of the US-led military alliance to overcome their “fear of destabilizing the situation in Russia.” Karis is not a retired general like Ben Hodges or a private professor like Taras Kuzio. It is the head of state of a country that is a member of NATO. And he is not shy about calling on the military alliance’s high command to adopt a policy of creating instability in Russia.

So what proof is needed of what the collective West hopes to achieve?

The ideological touchstone of European liberals, the magazine The Economist, devoted its latest issue to the question of how the West should ensure Ukraine’s victory over Russia. In addition to the traditional advice on further arming the Kiev regime, the magazine explicitly demands that the West drive a wedge between the Russian government and the Russian people. To this end, Western states are urged to place their cards on the Russian liberals, who have gone abroad and, under these circumstances, can safely be called traitors in Russia. These now find themselves in a situation where Russia’s enemies are openly discussing using them to carry out the totally unrealistic plan of disintegrating Russia into several parts. Therefore, we can safely say that the collective West has already moved from talk to action, openly questioning the very existence of the Russian Federation.

The ideologues of the West and a number of its top politicians make no secret of the fact that by instrumentalizing the Ukraine conflict they deliberately want to contribute to creating an existential threat to the Russian state. The sooner Russia realizes this, the more effective relations with its neighbors will be, and the more effective the military operation in Ukraine will be able to move to another phase.

Russia is still playing by certain rules of the game that were agreed upon after the end of the Cold War. But now the stakes have been set too high. To be clear: I do not encourage using the criminal activities of Ukraine. Unlike Ukraine, Russia does not intentionally murder children or torture prisoners of war or destroy civilian life.

But in view of the increasing threats against Russian citizens, the Russian state has no choice but to take even more rigorous action against the military infrastructure in Ukraine. Against centers where decisions are made and directly against those responsible for terror and murder. Wherever they are. As well as against those states that pursue a hostile policy towards Russia.

Finally, one should not forget that Russia will react harshly in case of an existential threat. Those who threaten Russia should be reminded of this.

From English.

Vladimir Kornilov is a Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian political scientist, historian, journalist, writer and social activist. Political observer at the Russian international news agency Rossiya Sevodnya. Former Head of the Ukrainian Branch of the Institute of CIS Countries in Kyiv and Head of the Center for Eurasian Studies in The Hague. Runs a Telegram column on current political news events.

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