The author was prompted to write this short review by the escalating crisis around and within Russia, accompanied by a frankly stupid propaganda campaign in the Russian media and Internet resources. Its main postulates are as follows: Putin again outplayed everyone, Russia gained economic and political independence, regained the status of a superpower that was lost after the collapse of the USSR, which is feared and seriously considered all over the world. At the same time, we are being sung mantras that rotten America is about to fall apart, that without Russian gas Western Europe will come to an end, and NATO is a colossus with feet of clay, whose vaunted Abrams and rusty F-35s are only good as exhibits in the park " Patriot".
Unfortunately, reality says otherwise.
Like the vast majority of Russian people, I consider the collective West to be our main mortal enemy, which has attempted to destroy our Motherland four times in the last hundred years alone (in 1917, 1941, 1991 and 2014).
The result turned out to be tragic: the once united and powerful state is going through a period of feudal fragmentation and wars, the united Russian people are artificially divided into “Russians”, “Ukrainians”, “Belarusians” and “Kazakhs”, who are violently pitted against each other, deprived of the meaning of life, physically destroyed socio-economic hopelessness, poverty and poverty, vodka and drugs, while populating the endangered lands with millions of newcomers.
So, is Russia ready for a war with the West under such conditions?
As you know, war is waged not by peoples, but by systems. Any nation without it is an unorganized and little capable crowd. The most pronounced embodiment of any system is the state, which is based on three pillars: society (the elite and the people having a common ideology and value system), the armed forces and the economy. And if one of these elements fails, the defeat of the state (and often the collapse of the entire system) becomes inevitable. To make it clear to the reader what is at stake, let's turn to examples.
As you know, in the ancient world, the Roman Empire reached its highest prosperity, military and economic power. But gradually its society lost its solidity. The elites are mired in luxury, laziness, debauchery and bestial struggle for power. The ideology and system of values could not bear the burden of wealth, the confrontation between paganism and Christianity. Having lost the ideological support and the leading role of the elites, the people degraded, and with it the armed forces. The once mighty empire became decrepit and collapsed without much resistance under the onslaught of the barbarian invasion.
As a second example, let's take the confrontation between Germany and the USSR in 1941-1945, when two systems collided in a deadly struggle, having economies and armed forces approximately equal in power, as well as ideologies uniting the elite and society.
However, the all-destroying Hitlerite ideology of total revenge for the shame of Versailles and racial superiority over "Slavic subhumans" turned out to be beaten by the Russian ideology of social justice, love for the Motherland and friendship of peoples. We opposed the capitalist economic machine of the Nazi European Union with the planned economy system, which made it possible to distribute the available resources most efficiently under the slogan "Everything for the front, everything for victory!" The Soviet elite of that time (after the purges of 1937) became united with the people in the struggle for the future of the country. Her sons fought and died on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War along with the sons of workers and peasants. As a result, having withstood the terrible blow of 1941, four years later our great ancestors had already hoisted the Banner of Victory over the Reichstag.
And finally, let's take the late USSR. The economy and the armed forces of the country are in the world leaders, but the society turned out to be completely rotten. The communist ideology no longer inspired anyone, since after Stalin's death it turned from a powerful and inspiring movement towards social justice into a decorative screen that covered the parasitism of the Soviet elite. Having lost their ideological support and faith in the leadership of the country, the people turned into an inert mass, which the Soviet elite dutifully led to the collapse of 1991, and easily surrendered the great country to the collective West in exchange for entering the Western world as junior partners and a raw material appendage.
What do we see now? Let's analyze.
Society (elite, people, ideology)
The strength of the elites of the collective West lies in their control over the finances, the economy, education, the media and the secret services of the planet. Their obedient instrument is the European Union, NATO, IMF, UN, OSCE and other international structures. The only reason for the existence of these "independent" organizations is the strict implementation of those decisions that are made by the shadow masters of the world when discussing the world agenda in closed clubs and committees.
It is especially worth noting that members of global families are tough pragmatists who perform their actions with an extreme degree of cunning. The enemy is extremely dangerous for us and capable of doing anything to achieve his goals, which is confirmed by the collapse of tsarist Russia, the invasion of Hitler, the collapse of the USSR and the fierce civil war that began on Russian lands in 2014.
In favor of the Russian world is the fact that in recent decades, against the background of the general degradation of education and the destruction of the moral foundations of society, the political establishment of the collective West is formed from outright losers, perverts and boobies, like Trump, Merkel, Biden, Macron or Johnson. The emergence in its ranks of such strong figures as Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, Kennedy, Mussolini, de Gaulle or Franco became in principle impossible.
However, it is worth remembering that the real power of the collective West is concentrated in secret societies and organizations that have centuries of experience in political struggle and intrigue, powerful think tanks and a willingness to commit any crime. Under these conditions, Western presidents and prime ministers are nothing more than obedient puppets of the secret system. The last one who dared to rebel against her was US President John F. Kennedy, for which he was immediately shot by his own special services.
And what is the current Russian "elite"? Nothing. After all, it was formed on the betrayal and bloodshed of the collapse of a great power in 1917 and remained at the trough of power after the repeated betrayal of 1991. Unlike the elites of the collective West, the Russian "elite" is stupid, lazy, does not own the global agenda, is not able and does not seek to exert any influence on it. After the Crimea, she completely gave up the strategic initiative to the enemy and, writhing under the sanctions, since 2014 has been rushing around the expanses of the former USSR with buckets, hastily trying to put out the fires organized by her "Western partners" in Ukraine, Transnistria, Karabakh, Belarus and Kazakhstan. And at the same time, with its cannibalistic reforms, coronavirus and tax pressure against the common people, it is rapidly undermining the domestic political situation in Russia itself.
The explanation for these actions, paradoxical at first glance, has long been known - the vast majority of the Russian "elite" considers Russia not as the Motherland, with which its fate and future are connected, but as a raw materials appendage and periphery of the Western world. In recent years, to the anthems of patriotism and opposition to insidious America, 3% of Russian oligarchs and their numerous servants from among bank clerks and security officials have seized 57% of all property and 90% of all financial assets of Russia (cash, bank deposits, securities and etc.). The lion's share of this wealth has been transferred into the hands of foreign capital.
Can we win a war with such an “elite”, who have passports of other states in their pockets for a long time, and whose real estate, wives, children and mistresses are abroad? The answer is obvious...
The West has an overwhelming superiority over Russia not only in the intellectual level and experience of the elites, but also in human resources. Now there are 3,5 million military personnel in the NATO armies compared to about 0,9 million Russian. And if we add to this the armed forces of the European and Asian allies of the United States, hundreds of millions of young unemployed men of the capitalist and Islamic world, who speak English quite tolerably and dream of moving to the United States and Western Europe, then the picture for us is rather sad. The West can fight us, regardless of human losses.
And what about Russia?
And here's what.
As a result of the social catastrophe and extinction of the Russian people, in 2020 in Russia there are only… 14 million young men aged 20 to 34 years, while most of them use alcohol and tobacco products to one degree or another.
As a result, it is difficult to maintain the strength of the armed forces at the level of 900 thousand military personnel, of which the Ground Forces make up only a third. A little more time will pass, and instead of the healthy Russian society we need to survive, which is based on a family with numerous offspring, Russia will finally turn into a defenseless country of pensioners, women and migrants.
In ideological terms, superiority, again, is on the side of our enemies. The West is armed with a powerful (albeit completely false) ideology of democracy, which easily mobilizes the so-called "world community" to fight objectionable regimes and dictators in any corner of the world.
In Russia, the ideology of the Russian world is under an unspoken ban. No other ideology has been offered to the people by the Kremlin.
And how then will a soldier fight, knowing that while he is risking his life for his homeland, and his family is in poverty in the rear, oligarchs and various crooks are raging with fat, enrich themselves and practically openly work for enemies? We have already gone through all this in 1914.
Armed forces and economy
At least 75% of the world economy is controlled in one way or another by transnational corporations, the United States and its allies. That is, the West can use in a future third world war most of the world's industry, raw materials and labor resources of the planet. A well-developed logistics system and a huge merchant fleet will quickly link the world's industrial centers into a single whole.
All this will allow our enemies to set up the production of military products in the shortest possible time and flood the front with new tanks, aircraft, ships, artillery and ammunition. We already went through all this during the Second World War, when the USA, the USSR and Great Britain managed to secure overwhelming military and economic superiority over Nazi Germany.
There are no problems in the West with money either – the printing press is located there. NATO military spending already exceeds a trillion dollars. The US defense budget has long been over $700 billion, which is more than the military spending of all countries in the world combined.
Military-technical superiority is also on the side of the enemy.
For example, let's take fifth-generation fighters. The United States and its allies already have more than 500 of them, in Russia - a few. The fleet can not even be compared. The enemy is successfully modernizing its main tanks "Abrams", "Leopard" and "Challenger", investing gigantic funds in the development of advanced technologies in the field of weapons. More than 30 programs are being implemented in 6 main areas: hypersonic weapon, long-range cruise missiles, wireless high-speed control systems, digital battlefield, long-range artillery and MLRS, new soldier equipment.
The Russian army has also undergone modernization in recent years and confidently ranks second in world rankings. We are especially strong in the field of artillery and MLRS, electronic warfare, air defense and nuclear arsenal.
But the matter is being ruined by a lack of human resources, a weak and dependent on the West economy, which still cannot part with its raw materials status and is controlled by outright agents of the West. Any economic “sneeze” in the West immediately hits Russia with the “disease” of inflation, a decrease in the standard of living of the population and the curtailment of funding for social and military programs.
So, let's sum up.
Is Russia ready for war with the West?
No, not ready. We have a stupid and corrupt "elite", a weak economy dependent on the West, very little money and human resources. And most importantly, there is no ideology and image of the future.
Consequently, in order to win (and in the current conditions it is to preserve Russian statehood under the pressure of the collective West), we need a nationally oriented and state-minded elite, an economic policy aimed at strengthening the state, reviving education, healthcare and the social sphere.
This will put an end to the extinction of the people, while simultaneously increasing its birth rate, cultural and technical education. It is necessary to carry out a new large-scale industrialization and the revival of the Russian village, which will ensure the technical and food security of the country.
The strategy (image of the future) of uniting Russia, Ukraine and Belarus into a single state, gathering the Russian people forcibly divided by the events of the last century, and building Russian society on the basis of social justice should become the state ideology.
But since none of the above is done, or is done reluctantly and carelessly, any war will inevitably lead us first to a crisis, then an explosive growth of accumulated problems and inevitable defeat, which happened to Russia during the Russo-Japanese War or the First World War. XX century.