Military Review

Russians start and win

37
The Russians have mastered the art of warfare in the XNUMXst century. Wait a minute! They are not at war tanks, not on airplanes. Not big armies. For thousands of years, people fought with the help of armies, but everything changed. And now the Russians are winning without soldiers.




Doctor of Science Azim Ibrahim argues on the topic of Russian victories in the XXI century on the English-language website Al-Arabia.

Azim Ibrahim (Azeem Ibrahim) is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Politics and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Strategic Studies at the Military College of the US Army. He defended his thesis at the University of Cambridge and worked at the School of Management. D. Kennedy at Harvard and Yale University College of Science. Over the past years, he has met with many world leaders and has given political consultations to many of them. In 2010, the European Social Think Tank Brain Trust included it in the top 100 of world thinkers, and the World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum) found it a place in the ranking of young world leaders.

“War seems simple,” writes the expert. - You are creating the largest army. You are invading enemy countries. Having won the war, you force them to obey you. This is how we have been doing this for thousands of years, and it has always worked. ”

The change came in 2001, Mr. Ibrahim believes. From that year, "the whole logic of the war seems to have turned upside down."

The United States has “the largest and best armed forces in the world,” the author is sure. Perhaps they have a significant military advantage over their rivals, one that hardly any “empire” ever had.

Can the US military "bend under the rest of the world at the same time and win"? The expert does not know the answer to such a question. Perhaps not, he suggests. But this is "not an absurd assumption." Americans "could" do something that no empire has ever done at any moment stories.

Excuse me, but how is it that the most powerful army "that the world has ever seen," an army that has "relatively strong allies," continues to win wars, but "loses peace"?

Here's how: The United States "won every war that they entered since 2001, but in each case they managed to do more damage to their own interests than they would if they had not entered the war at all."

Ibrahim compares this position with the behavior of Russia in recent years. Today’s Russia is “in military-economic terms in no way equivalent to the Soviet Union,” he notes. The Soviet Union was a worthy and almost equal rival of the United States for a large period of the last century. But modern Russia? Its economy is small, the size of a Swedish or Italian. Its armed forces, which previously “kept pace” with NATO, now “barely compete” with the forces of Great Britain, France or Germany. Not to mention the power of the United States or China, or the combined forces of NATO.

Nevertheless, Russia is active in international wars, active to the same extent as the United States. And she wins time after time. How? It seems that even in 2008, Russia realized that it does not reach its NATO allies to this day.

Global culture, connected via the Internet and oversaturated with information “overloads”, almost does not correlate with the size of the army and the number of bombs!

Political power in the country and geopolitical influence are reduced to the relative strength of the state’s image compared to the political image of its adversary. Russia actually believed that it was at war with NATO after the failed attempts of Georgia (former Soviet territory) to join the North Atlantic alliance in 2007-2008. Since then, Russia has been waging a relentless and ever-growing war against the informational, cultural, and political influence of the West.

Most believe that interference with US elections in 2016 was a decisive achievement for Russia in this struggle. However, Ibrahim does not think that such an opinion correctly reflects the essence of the conflict. Moreover, such an opinion would be a “tragic misunderstanding” of the conflict in question. The “crown” result of the Russian war was “the effective destruction of the moral and intellectual foundations that at one time created liberal democracy in the West.” This political and economic model that has supported the achievements of the West for decades now is dying, the expert concludes.

The West is still "sticking to its rituals" like voting, but there is no longer any conviction of their effectiveness. The press thinks in obsolete categories around 1994 of the year. At the same time, the level of mistrust and even hostility towards the institutions of power in the West is so high that it hasn’t happened since 1930.

Democratic values ​​and some civil liberties are becoming "less and less." Western societies "have never been so fragmented and warlike."

It took years for the United States to achieve similar results in Iraq, billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of soldiers, which in parallel led to a split in American society.

Russia has achieved relatively similar results, having spent only millions of dollars and not sending soldiers to foreign territory.

The expert repeats once again: understand, it's not about elections, not about the fact that one election or a couple of elections were cracked. Destroyed the entire Western political culture!

And Western societies just have to "develop protection against such attacks."

It is not yet clear whether the attacks of Russians will change the character of democratic societies "beyond recognition," the author notes. However, regardless of what needs to be done, it will have to be done quickly!

Russia does not bear “full responsibility” for cultural changes (“cultural wars”) that are taking place in Western countries, the expert believes, but the Russians constantly support them (“sponsor”). Russia is the “best beneficiary” of this. Until the American world understands that its common interests should prevail over party preferences, the former order will continue to collapse.

Willy-nilly, we note Mr. Ibrahim, speaking on behalf of the West, acknowledged that the negative changes in Western democracies, primarily in the American, are the main cause of confusion in the minds of society. It is not in the Russian case! And not in the North Koreans, about whom said recently an old Bill Clinton, who put North Korea on a par with Russia.

The split in American society has long roots, which were strengthened during the Vietnam War. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, writing about which as the victories of the United States is ridiculous, has grown trees on these roots. Many US citizens have a negative attitude to overseas "campaigns" of the White House and are in favor of non-interference; In recent years, the number of those who express no confidence in the government and the US Congress has grown rapidly. This is evidenced by numerous polls.

For example, according to a survey National Public Radioheld in conjunction with PBS NewsHour and Marist, US citizens are simply disappointed with all three branches of government.

Few people in the country have high confidence in the public institutions that form the basis of American democracy. The exceptions are intelligence and law enforcement agencies (CIA and FBI), and many trust them only “to some extent”. The number of such trustees does not exceed 60%.

The 6 of 10 Americans surveyed indicated that they have only "some degree" of trust in the courts. A quarter of the respondents “not very” trust the judicial system, and 12% said they have no confidence in it at all.

46% of Americans do not really trust congress. 22% say they have no confidence in the legislative branch at all. Only 6 (!) Percent tend to completely trust the congress, and another 23 percent say they trust "mostly".

Only 30% of all Americans "to some extent" trust the media. 37% have no confidence in the media.

To say that this massive distrust of government and social institutions is the outcome of the activities of the Russians, is to go from the roots of the problem. It is convenient to blame Russia for the split of society for politicians, but this road leads to an even greater split of society.

Someone else's propaganda sprouts where there is suitable soil for it. That is why American and European propaganda was a success in the USSR - and in the restructuring its seeds sprouted violent weeds.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
- especially for topwar.ru
37 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. Same lech
    Same lech 27 October 2017 05: 51
    10
    Can the US military “crush the rest of the world at the same time and conquer”?

    Its armed forces, which previously “kept pace” with NATO, now “barely compete” with the forces of Great Britain, France or Germany.


    Yeah ... the thousand-year-old American Reich ... that’s where they swung ... the navel will tear the hegemons ... when you will kill an American soldier in every village.
    On the second point, Ibrahim generally raves ... it is impossible to read the opus of Azim Ibrahim without laughter.
    1. Finches
      Finches 27 October 2017 06: 07
      15
      What nonsense did I just read ?? What the fuck thinker? Pronounced id ... t! Dude urgently, without losing a second, run to the doctor ... laughing
      1. Sunjar
        Sunjar 27 October 2017 08: 38
        +6
        Do not forget that all sorts of tops are the smartest, strongest, coolest, etc. in the West, there is a marketing ploy. People believe in "experts", and since he is from the top 100, then you can not believe in him.

        Quote: Ibrahim
        now "barely competing" with the forces of Great Britain, France or Germany.


        The same UK, where the interceptors spend the last operational flight hours? Why do you think they raise such tantrums when our military planes, without violating international laws, fly around their islet? Or how do they always have submarines under repair there? And how many submarines do they have there?
        Each of the countries indicated by Ibrahim militarily are not even serious rivals for Russia at the moment. It was not for nothing that they attacked almost the entire front before the Great Patriotic War.
        1. DMB_95
          DMB_95 27 October 2017 10: 41
          +2
          Quote: Sunjar

          Quote: Ibrahim
          now "barely competing" with the forces of Great Britain, France or Germany.

          The very same UK, whose interceptors spend the last operational flight hours ?.

          And the very France that "defeated" ISIS with the appearance of its aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea and which fell out of there a couple of days later. laughing
      2. Vlad.by
        Vlad.by 27 October 2017 17: 26
        +4
        And where did you get that nonsense? He was brought up on the exclusivity and permissiveness of the American way of life. But already a little begins to doubt that it will last a long time.
        And asks the question - where do the legs grow from? It’s not nonsense at all - it is the most serious opponent who thinks. From such just dirty tricks and wait.
    2. Primoos
      Primoos 27 October 2017 13: 55
      +6
      You do not have to be an analyst in order to understand the society of victorious piderastia, a sick society. His death, a matter of near time.
  2. Knowing
    Knowing 27 October 2017 05: 58
    +7
    "master" Azim Ibrahim, - Suvorov also said, -"Win not by number, but by skill". Their and Our costs for the Armed Forces are not comparable — though, BUT, there are too many “show-offs”, squeals and concerns. From this: THEY ARE AFRAID OF US - RESPECT UNIVERSALLY, UNDERSTANDING, which means they are AFRAID. hi
  3. V. Ushakov
    V. Ushakov 27 October 2017 06: 05
    +9
    If this is written by the "top 100 world thinkers", then what kind of crap can those who are "not the top" write?
    Grinded western "tops", crushed ...
  4. kig
    kig 27 October 2017 10: 17
    +4
    War seems to be a simple affair - expert writes

    “Warfare is simple and quite accessible to the sound mind of man. But fighting is difficult. ” - writes Karl von Clausewitz
  5. Eurodav
    Eurodav 27 October 2017 10: 42
    +2
    Damn, what kind of a fig writer is this? I haven’t seen so much rubbish in one opus for a long time ... Explicitly not for Russians!
  6. Eurodav
    Eurodav 27 October 2017 10: 44
    +4
    Quote: kig
    War seems to be a simple affair - expert writes

    “Warfare is simple and quite accessible to the sound mind of man. But fighting is difficult. ” - writes Karl von Clausewitz

    Well you give! Do you think this author heard such a surname?
    1. VOLCHOXURAL
      VOLCHOXURAL 27 October 2017 15: 07
      +1
      Quote: Evrodav
      Quote: kig
      War seems to be a simple affair - expert writes

      “Warfare is simple and quite accessible to the sound mind of man. But fighting is difficult. ” - writes Karl von Clausewitz

      Well you give! Do you think this author heard such a surname?

      You incorrectly pose a question! It is necessary - have they heard anything in this life ???
  7. grandfather Mih
    grandfather Mih 27 October 2017 10: 52
    +2
    . The message is clear. I will pass to "goodies".
    Azeem Ibrahim - Senior Fellow, Center for Global Policy
    Ibrahim compares with the behavior of Russia in recent years.
    Most believe that interfering in US elections in 2016 was Russia's decisive achievement in this fight. However, Ibrahim does not think that such an opinion correctly reflects the essence of the conflict. Moreover, such an opinion would be a “tragic misunderstanding” of the conflict in question. The "crown" result of the Russian war was "an effective destruction of the moral and intellectual foundations that had created liberal democracy in the West at one time." This political and economic model, which has supported the achievements of the West for decades, is now dying, the expert sums up.

    Well, yes, but what about. Russian war.
    Its point: "zhor" was attacked by "someone" and this "someone" - .... Creating a structure, you start from the fact that the vector to the goal is greater than the sum of the vectors that make it up. The quality of life. Tasks, structure, personnel, resources, etc. The structure works as part of the tasks. And it can even exist separately. Yeah. The parent company consists of members. If each individual member has his own goals - “zhor” attacked. Either sell, or split the structure. But it will be small, but CAM. Here the "high staff culture" from the appointee is no longer warming. So briefly about the "political and economic model." “Vanity and all vanity” is eternal.
  8. askme
    askme 27 October 2017 11: 36
    +5
    A typical example of psychological, war of women. The meaning is short - the consequences of their objectively occurring moral degradation, their war crimes from the late 90s to today, to attribute their failure in globalization to the false thesis about the "hybrid war" of the treacherous Russians against the West. Completely deliberately omitting the fact that Russia is always defending itself all the time. And it’s completely open, and not insidious. Back in 2007, Putin in Munich explained in detail all the problems and all the points of the then clearly outlined confrontation. Popper further to Russia? Well, in ten years you’ll get a return from what you have done. And the demagogic attempt to shift the blame for their own mistakes to Russia is pure infantilism, it’s boorishness. In quarrelsome women it’s always the man who’s to blame for everything, even if they themselves have spoiled specifically. So here: they themselves were shitting, and the man is to blame. Well, man for that and man, so that at the right time to the woman-bitch show her place. Calm and dignified. Which, in fact, Putin is doing fine. It’s not worth paying attention to tantrums and other evil chatter. Well, so ... you still have to live together, you can’t screw each other from this planet ....
  9. K-50
    K-50 27 October 2017 12: 39
    +2
    The United States has the largest and best armed forces in the world, the most powerful army.

    So many of these "most powerful" have already been on Russian soil, but only "pens, legs and shreds in the back streets" of them remained yes
    Here, like the "thimbles": "what if this time you're lucky"? recourse laughing
  10. Petrik66
    Petrik66 27 October 2017 12: 47
    +3
    And let's give data on Russia. Do we trust the Duma or the mysterious Council of Federations? And what about our ships? What about the Ministry of Internal Affairs? Which of our politicians have ratings besides Putin, Lavrov and Shoigu? A split in society ?! We have with portfolios Chubais, Nabiulin and other Gaidar gopa. Kudrin is a lamp and a guru. are our media the stronghold of society? Let’s better deal with our problems, and not engage in discussions of the opinion of an absolutely clever, but also interested person. His concern for grants, which must be urgently allocated for the development of a megaproject to save Western civilization from the machinations of Russia. and there is a pension just around the corner. Of course, it pleases that everyone treats us so seriously, but we must remember Ivashov’s opinion, which boils down to one topic: CHANGE and urgently need to give money for MTR blasters and start production of three thousand Armats - and after that everything will be fine. These are just private opinions of biased people.
    1. Shadow of darkness
      Shadow of darkness 27 October 2017 15: 04
      +7
      After reading the article I was looking in comments When they start to scold their. Found! Thank you, pleased! What is the difference between the comments of foreign statistics in the Western press and here? In the West, it is customary to discuss an article, and we constantly have demagogues including hysteria about how bad it is with us. wassat
  11. The comment was deleted.
  12. kunstkammer
    kunstkammer 27 October 2017 17: 19
    0
    That is why American and European propaganda was successful in the USSR - and its seeds sprouted into the perestroika by lush weeds.

    Is this the opinion of Azim Ibrahim himself, or is Oleg Chuvakin already taxing here?
    And where does the story about the cleverest “thinker” end and another “clever thinker” begins?
  13. fox21h
    fox21h 27 October 2017 17: 39
    0
    Damn, bullshit, barely read to the end, what these people have in their heads, how to brainwash so that they would carry such nonsense.
  14. Standard
    Standard 27 October 2017 18: 23
    0
    A very interesting argument. Especially if it's true.
  15. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 27 October 2017 18: 25
    +3
    The foul grandfather of Bzhe - Zbigniew Brzezinski, was very sorry that "people have become too smart." Directly formulated, prankster. This is really a disaster for the Western politicum, for the Western society, and for the Western way of life. The West is built on lies, silence and meanness. All that was required for the western building to tremble and begin to crumble was to simply tell the truth.
    Alas, the USSR lied with enthusiasm, understanding propaganda as a lie to its own people in the first place, since its ideologists considered it the norm to manipulate people, rather than talk to them. Apparently, through and through the lying "revolution" predicted everything through and through irreversibly. So the USSR was not the enemy in the most important West. What difference does it, who exactly manipulates vilely, all the bastards. But now...
    I wonder what way the "defense" from the "arms of Russia" will come up with the West? The outlines of this weapon are already visible. That is, it doesn’t give a damn that Clinton and his headquarters are soiled in the mud head over heels. The main thing is that this (presumably, which means that is true !!) was discovered by Russians! Atu them !! Not the dirty bastards atu, but the Russians, of course. Because the main fault now with anyone is that this someone dared to tell the truth to people. But you can’t forgive the truth! How far will it be possible to go on this pedal conic before he dumps his “inventors” in the mud?
    1. askme
      askme 27 October 2017 22: 57
      0
      Great analytics! I applaud while standing!)
  16. very good
    very good 27 October 2017 19: 22
    +1
    Some nonsense. Russia's economy is the sixth in the world, despite the fact that 20 years ago there was a default. That is, the highest point of development has not been reached, before it is like before the moon, and the economy continues to develop.
    As for the armed forces, this is simply some kind of fantasy. NATO is unrealistically out of date, their fighting spirit is extremely low, personnel are unlearned, equipment has been outdated for 30 years both in terms of characteristics, technology, and as individual units ... So far, Russia has created an exoskeleton immune to fire and explosions and is capable of knocking out the whole equipment in some Latvia.
  17. Don Analyst
    Don Analyst 27 October 2017 20: 04
    +2
    Do not get excited guys! Do you actually live in Russia? Russia has just embarked on the path of democracy! And the sprouts of what Ibrahimka writes about are buzzing in full swing. We do not build a social society, trust in the institutions of power and we leave much to be desired. All issues in the country - economic (construction of stadiums, etc.) are solved at the expense of the population. And political will has been solved by itself for centuries and will be decided at the expense of the average man. People we have consumables - people are a resource, a cash cow. We always bring their benefits to the detriment of the state. The decay of America is the negative that it is desirable to avoid in the future of our country, this is the lie and gluttony of the ruling elites in relation to their own population. There are many such examples in history. America is too young not to repeat this mistake, which cannot be said about Russia!
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 28 October 2017 09: 02
      +1
      Russia has just embarked on the path of democracy!
      And so we still have a chance, weakening every day. It is worth taking the path of democracy firmly, and nothing will save us.
  18. Svarozhich
    Svarozhich 27 October 2017 23: 02
    0
    Instead of hoarse yelling on talk shows, it was long necessary to carry out a calm logical comparison of positions with the fixation of argumentation and its comprehensive analysis. Can this be done? Of course! Does anyone want to separate cutlets from flies? NO! Need an areal, hoarse op for monetization of advertising ... sad.
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 28 October 2017 09: 03
      0
      Do you want to? Or just
      areal, hoarse op for monetization of advertising
      hear from you? Klava is, brains are (perhaps) there, what else do you need? Or are you hungry for funding, without it in any way? That is, without monetization?
  19. aiden
    aiden 28 October 2017 00: 36
    +1
    many liberal * mr ** and, including Alesha Navalny, graduated from this Yale university. zombie factory.
  20. Dmitry Fedorov
    Dmitry Fedorov 28 October 2017 00: 40
    0
    "US citizens are simply disappointed with all three branches of government"

    If US citizens lose confidence in the government, then, of course, Russia is to blame.
  21. Radikal
    Radikal 28 October 2017 01: 21
    0
    Quote: Mikhail3
    The foul grandfather of Bzhe - Zbigniew Brzezinski, was very sorry that "people have become too smart." Directly formulated, prankster. This is really a disaster for the Western politicum, for the Western society, and for the Western way of life. The West is built on lies, silence and meanness. All that was required for the western building to tremble and begin to crumble was to simply tell the truth.
    Alas, the USSR lied with enthusiasm, understanding propaganda as a lie to its own people in the first place, since its ideologists considered it the norm to manipulate people, rather than talk to them. Apparently, through and through the lying "revolution" predicted everything through and through irreversibly. So the USSR was not the enemy in the most important West. What difference does it, who exactly manipulates vilely, all the bastards. But now...
    I wonder what way the "defense" from the "arms of Russia" will come up with the West? The outlines of this weapon are already visible. That is, it doesn’t give a damn that Clinton and his headquarters are soiled in the mud head over heels. The main thing is that this (presumably, which means that is true !!) was discovered by Russians! Atu them !! Not the dirty bastards atu, but the Russians, of course. Because the main fault now with anyone is that this someone dared to tell the truth to people. But you can’t forgive the truth! How far will it be possible to go on this pedal conic before he dumps his “inventors” in the mud?

    Your name is by chance not Vladimir Volfovich ?! wassat
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 28 October 2017 09: 04
      0
      I do not hide my name. Strange, right?
  22. complete zero
    complete zero 28 October 2017 03: 53
    0
    Quote: Finches
    What nonsense did I just read ?? What the fuck thinker? Pronounced id ... t! Dude urgently, without losing a second, run to the doctor ... laughing

    oh well so right away (to the doctor) .. too much dude smoke ... rushing him
  23. Radikal
    Radikal 28 October 2017 18: 27
    0
    Quote: Mikhail3
    I do not hide my name. Strange, right?

    Is it really a matter of name? wink
  24. ololo
    ololo 29 October 2017 02: 31
    0
    Reminds a joke about a Jew and anti-Semitic newspapers.
  25. Sergey D_2
    Sergey D_2 29 October 2017 12: 25
    +2
    Where do these analytics come from?
  26. tochila
    tochila 29 October 2017 13: 11
    0
    Wah !!! The Thinker Ibrahim almost nailed it with laughter !!! Sivaya mare nervously smokes aside !!! She would be in the first hundred Western thinkers!
  27. NordUral
    NordUral 29 October 2017 22: 35
    0
    Almost all of this can be applied to Russia, with a few exceptions.