Union of the Sword and the Cross
alt One of the measures to increase and raise the morale, as the main component of the complex of moral and psychological support for the troops, should be the formation of military personnel confidence in the rightness and adequacy of perception of the situation, developing from various information sources. It is for these “points” that our opponents work, depriving servicemen of national identity and the ability to freely navigate in the historical and spiritual space, using the potential accumulated by generations.
Obviously, to solve this important problem, it is necessary, first of all, at the official level, to recognize what is an immutable, but forgotten fact: historically Russia exists, relying on two pillars: the Army and the Church. When the enemies managed to pull down one of these pillars, the state collapsed. But, thanks to the existence of the second, relying on him, she always managed not only to resurrect, but also to restore her combat potential, inflating what had been lost. This blessed union of the Sword and the Cross is the true guarantor of our national security.
Evening (p) Allies of Russia
There is no need to go far for examples: XIII-XV century, the Horde invasion, which completely ruined the country, deprived it not only of troops, but also of state sovereignty. The only support and support of the Russian people in those years remained the Church, thanks to which, not only were the forces gathered, but the pagan was broken first, and then, with the acceptance of Islam by the invaders, and Muslim spiritual proselytism. The horde disintegrated under the blows of not only internal strife and conspiracies, but also because of the stubborn, first of all, spiritual resistance of the Russian people, who did not want to adopt other people's traditions, customs, and faith. The opposite happened: many Horde, noble Tatar Murza, accepting Orthodoxy, went to the service of Russia and honestly served it, initiating many princely and noble families. Everyone also remembers that before the Kulikovo battle, Moscow’s Prince Dmitry Donskoy went for advice and blessing not just anywhere - to the shaman magicians or the Pope, but to the “lamp of the Russian land” to St. Sergius of Radonezh. And the “standing on the Ugra”, which put an official end to the yoke, ended in our victory, largely thanks to the support of the Rostov Archbishop Vassian of the hesitant Ivan the Third.
The beginning of the XVII century. Time of Troubles and the Polish-Lithuanian-Swedish invasion. The actual occupation of most of the country, the absence of a regular army, treasury, laws and de facto independence. In Moscow, traitors to the boyars are preparing to receive the embassy and approve the kingdom of the West's protege, the Polish prince, but the plans of the invaders and traitors do not come true because of the firm position of Patriarch Hermogenes, who refused to recognize the pope's protege and raised the people to the militia with his letters and appeals. For this, he was starved to death in the basement of the Chudov Monastery in the Kremlin.
The beginning of the twentieth century. The revolution that destroyed the greatest world power and its armed forces, attempts to create a new state and army and terrible persecution of the Church. It would seem, what is the relationship here? But those who stood behind the organizers of the coup knew perfectly well what we forgot about today: “In order to do away with Russia, it is necessary to destroy both of its pillars — the two foundations.” That is why the attacks on the Russian Army and the Church were parallel and frantic pace. The army of the Russian Empire, with its glorious traditions, effectively managed to destroy the enemies. The Church was on the verge of liquidation. By 1941, only three hierarchs of the ROC remained at large, all monasteries were destroyed and closed (from several hundred existing before 1917), only about 100 temples (from 78 thousands of former ones before the revolution) operated on the territory of the RSFSR.
The war broke out showed the weakness of the Red Army’s leadership being cherished, the unwillingness of many of its soldiers and commanders to withstand the onslaught of the German army. In that difficult period for the country, despite the persecution and oppression experienced, the Russian Orthodox Church fully and unconditionally supported the government, calling on the second day of the war, believers (who, according to recently declassified census data of 19/7, were more than unbelievers), came out through the mouths of the patriarchal locum tenens Sergius (Stragorodsky) to defend the homeland. Throughout the war, the Church actively helped the state and authorities, organizing fundraising to help the front, building at its own expense tank the Dmitry Donskoy column and the Alexander Nevsky air squadron. Russia completely regained its power by 1943, not only having won such an important victory on the Kursk Bulge, but also having restored the Patriarchate, having concluded an alliance of the state with the Church, which had been virtually re-broken by Peter.
1991 year. With the collapse of the USSR, the Soviet Army, which was now considered the most powerful in the world, ceased to exist. What then kept the country, balancing on the verge of slipping into civil war and economic collapse? What are the powers? Without a doubt, they should include the Church (her prayers), whose voice, finally, began to sound free, and the authority to grow exponentially, incl. among politicians, military personnel and law enforcement officers.
In our time we see a similar picture. The Russian army, despite all the attempts to break its neck, showed its resilience and fighting capacity in the severe trials of both Chechen and Georgian campaigns, stood up under the harsh blows of reformers-shorteners and is gaining strength today, making up for lost time. The church, on the contrary, after flirting with her, trying to embed it in the fairway of compromising policy directed against the interests of Russia, today is fiercely attacked by Western liberals who control the media, creating a powerful information attack on its first people and Christ Himself . This once again confirms the dual unity of the main task of our enemies: to destroy the alliance of the Army and the Church, having undermined both the state-forming pillars.
The military leadership should proceed from this, using the church experience of loyalty to Russia and uncompromising standing in the Truth. It remains to figure out what is the accumulated experience of the Church, which can be useful to the Army excommunicated from it for a long time.
From the captivity of oblivion
But before rushing from one extreme to another, I would suggest taking into account the experience and mistakes of the past. For example, why did the powerful party propaganda apparatus of the GlavPUR SA and the Navy, which penetrated through all the army structures from top to bottom, could not oppose anything to the weakly organized destructive forces that had destroyed the army and the state from the inside? Obviously, one of the reasons for such a clear ideological defeat was the ineffectiveness of the communist propaganda machine, its ideological narrow-mindedness, death and pattern, which therefore lost to the national liberals against the background of always freshly sounded slogans and ideas about freedom, equality and separatism.
Today, as noted above, the issue of interethnic and inter-ethnic relations in military teams is very acute. Official propaganda related to the current unprincipled (Art.13) and secularized (Art.14) Constitution is not able to give the soldiers the required answer and examples of solving this issue. But is it really not solved this problem even within the framework of the current legislation? Does the Basic Law prevent people from turning to the roots of their roots, glorious victories and heroes of campaigns and wars of the past? By no means.
What is it worth alone historical the fact of the capture of Kazan by the troops of Ivan the Terrible? Who “silenced” him, depriving the Russian people of not only national pride, self-awareness and historical memory, but today allowing ethnic separatists to speculate on this, depriving us of the opportunity to respond to it with reason? But only the fact that over the years of the existence of this khanate, up to 5 million Russian people were taken prisoner through Kazan, makes everything clear and easily explainable! And who will name the Russian heroes - participants of that heroic siege? The same can be said about the victories of the chieftain Ermak, who, with a squad of several hundred people, joined the vast expanses of Siberia to Russia. Who today remembers the names of associates of Ermak Timofeevich: Ivan Koltso, Yakov Mikhailov, Matvey Meshcheryakov, Andrei Voeikov and others?
Heroic examples of the actions of Russian troops during the war in the Caucasus were also hushed up by post-Soviet ideologists. The then inhabitants of those little-known and hard-to-reach edges, were much wilder and bloodthirsty than their current descendants and yet the Caucasus was conquered by the Russian soldier! What did we know when joining the Caucasian campaign about the heroes of the first Caucasian war: A.P. Yermolov, N.P. Sleptsov, N.I. Evdokimov, A.A. Veliyaminov, Yu.P. Katsyrev, M. G. Vlasov, AO Osipove and many, many others, whose glorious feats, examples did not suffice for our soldiers during both of the current Caucasian campaigns? Who knows that the unkillable “Shaitan-boklyu”, who terrified the Chechens, was Cossack General Ya.P. Baklanov with him at the peak of the badge — the black banner with the head of Adam and the words from the Christian creed: “I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the next century. Amen!".
The source of the numerous and glorious victories of the Russians over the Turks and Persians, our eternal opponents in the southern direction, was not emphasized. Islam and then replaced the ideology of these warlike nations, stood at the head of their political systems. At the expense of what won the Russian miracle heroes, sometimes armed worse than supplied with English weapons Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire, conquered all the nearest nations? Due to the predominance of the Russian spirit, the source of which was in the deep religiosity of our people, which AV Suvorov, FF Ushakov, P. S. Nakhimov, MD Skobelev testified more than once ...
The victories and heroes of the Russo-Japanese (with the happy exception of “Varyag”) war and renamed for the sake of the prevailing ideology from the Second Patriotic (First World War) to the imperialist war were deliberately hushed up. What does the current generation of warriors know about the exploits of the Stereguschy destroyer, the soul of Port Arthur’s defense, General Roman Kondratenko; reflecting the attacks of the Germans for more than six months (!)? And what did they hear about the indigenous wild division formed from the Highlanders of the Caucasus - one of the most combat-ready units of the Russian army? Who studied her experience when, for example, during the cavalry attack at the Galician village of Tsu-Babino jumped ahead of everyone, shaking the Quran, and the mullah followed him with a cry of “Allah akbar!” Flew, ready to die for Russia, horsemen, many of whom were past abreks?
What are the conclusions, if after almost a hundred years since its beginning, in Russia at the state level is not open and a single monument to its heroes!
Victims of agitprop
And on which heroes was brought up the younger generation of builders of communism, who surrendered the Soviet Union without a fight? Did any of them include people defending national interests, i.e. interests, first of all, state-forming Russian people, their faith, traditions, culture? The first to be heard are the heroes of the civil (essentially fratricidal) war, drained away, mythologized and fairly retouched: Chuvash V.I. Chapaev, Moldovans M.V.Frunze and S.G.Lazo, Ukrainians (Little Russians) N.A.Schors, С .M.Budenny, G.I. Kotovsky. Who will remember their ideals that meet not only today's, but also the then demands of Soviet youth? In practice, it turns out that these are people - representatives of small peoples of Russia, its national outskirts shed the blood of the Russian people for a bright future, which no one ever waited for.
The following are the heroes of the closer and more comprehensible to us of the Great Patriotic War: G.K.Zhukov, K.K.Rokossovsky, I.Konev, Z.A.Kosmodemyanskaya, N.F.Gastello, V.V. Talalikhin, I. N. Kozhedub ... They are much more. Only Heroes of the Soviet Union over 12000. But in their often retouched biographies, attention was focused, as a rule, on the focus on the victory of the Soviet socialist system, on the loyalty of the party and the cause of Lenin-Stalin. Already at dusk, perestroika, as if having recollected itself, began to reveal the national composition of the heroes, almost 80% of whom turned out to be Russian. And how many copies still break over the feat of A.Matrosov, “28 Panfilov’s”? Was the fact of unparalleled heroism or is it more literary mythologization to which political commissars were inclined?
The next are the heroes of the Damansky and Afghan wars. For a long time it was not accepted to remember the heroes of the frontier guards who stopped the Chinese expansion for a long time, for political reasons. And what about the nearly hundred "Afghans" who received the highest award of the country whose interests they defended "behind the river"? Today, that war, having crossed the water line, has already come to us, and the question of who and why was given fraternal assistance in the form of international debt, for some time, weighs on their real feats. If we include here a rather weak awareness of pre-draft and troop youth about the Heroes of Russia of both Chechen campaigns, the number of which exceeded half a thousand people, then the picture will turn out to be very sad and unattractive. And by itself the conclusion suggests itself: in Russia there is no ideal, a standard of the national hero, a symbol of the national pride of the Russians, capable of uniting the people, giving it an example of triumph!
"There is no more than that love ..."
But they may well become the Russian saints carefully preserved by the Church. Among them, almost a third belong to the military class. Among them, one of the most authoritative national heroes of the past, Alexander Nevsky and his youngest son, Prince of Moscow of Moscow, who in 1300, inflicted the first defeat in the history of Russia on the invaders. It is noteworthy that both father and son ended their lives as monks. This and the great-grandson of Daniel - Prince Dmitry Donskoy. Among our saints - the princes Mikhail Tverskoy - the first Russian military leader killed in the Caucasus in 1318 and tortured to prison in faithfulness to Vera and the Fatherland, Roman Ryazansky and Mikhail Chernigovsky. Among them, Prince Mstislav, nicknamed for his courage and numerous deeds of the Brave, and the warrior Mercury Smolensky, who came out alone against a thousand. Among them are the epic hero Ilya Muromets (whose relics are now openly buried in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra), the legendary monks Alexander Peresvet and Rodion Oslyabya and the glorious prince Dovmont-Timofey Pskovsky.
The latter, not having a single defeat in his numerous military campaigns against his belligerent neighbors, at the age of seventy years, with a tenfold smaller squad, defeated the Germans under the walls of Pskov, defeating the Master of the Livonian Order in a duel. Among our saints is the righteous warrior Fedor (Ushakov) - the celebrated admiral who repeatedly smashed the Turkish fleet and who did not have a single defeat from the Muslims who are catching up on fear today. In fact, the invincible “Angel Suvorov” and the warrior Yevgeny Rodionov, a Russian soldier who was captured by insurgents in the 1996 year and accepted a fierce death for refusing to remove his pectoral cross and convert to Islam, are honored by the people.
In addition to the multitude of military qualities, all these people had two more at first glance peaceful, rejected by contemporaries - patience and humility. Humility (not before the enemy) before the will of God — fate, when, for example, the choice of commander to remain to cover the retreat of the rest, falls on you. After all, being actually sentenced to death, to continue to fight to the last drop of blood, you can only resign yourself to the thought of death. It is such soldiers who deliberately sacrifice themselves, who did not disgrace their name and weapons - carriers of real military honor. It was thanks to such as they managed to stop, wear down, weaken the enemy, inspiring him with a terrible and irresistible idea of the invincibility of the Russians.
The sacrifice of sacrifice: “There is no more love for the one who puts his soul for his friends” stands above all in the Church, since it corresponds to the feat of Christ, who voluntarily went to the cross to set an example for people of real patience and humility. It is these qualities that, owing to their mentality, are deprived of many peoples professing Islam, where low-literate and often self-proclaimed “imams” are immediately “recorded” into martyrs for martyrs for the zombie suicides-kamikazis who are put into the flow.
Patiently withstand the onslaught, in order to then suddenly fall upon the enemy, can only a Russian soldier who has humbled himself to death. This riddle of the Russian soldier’s sacrificial resilience, which delighted all our opponents in a row, has only one explanation - the Gospel: “There is no more that love who will lay down their souls for their friends”. It should become the basis of a victorious national ideology and the best answer to the Russophobes who settled on the information spaces of a country called Russia.