Buchanan: Is God on Russia’s Side?

Is God now on Russia’s side?
Pat Buchanan: Putin is planting flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity
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Pat Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party’s candidate in 2000. He is also a founder and editor of The American Conservative. Buchanan served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national TV shows, and is the author of nine books. His latest book is “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older, deeper bond.

Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.”

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying.

This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?

Indicting the “Bolsheviks” who gave away Crimea to Ukraine, Putin declared, “May God judge them.”

What is going on here?

With Marxism-Leninism a dead faith, Putin is saying the new ideological struggle is between a debauched West led by the United States and a traditionalist world Russia would be proud to lead.

In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.

Western leaders who compare Putin’s annexation of Crimea to Hitler’s Anschluss with Austria, who dismiss him as a “KGB thug,” who call him “the alleged thief, liar and murderer who rules Russia,” as the Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins did, believe Putin’s claim to stand on higher moral ground is beyond blasphemous.

But Vladimir Putin knows exactly what he is doing, and his new claim has a venerable lineage. The ex-Communist Whittaker Chambers who exposed Alger Hiss as a Soviet spy, was, at the time of his death in 1964, writing a book on “The Third Rome.”

The first Rome was the Holy City and seat of Christianity that fell to Odoacer and his barbarians in 476 A.D. The second Rome was Constantinople, Byzantium, (today’s Istanbul), which fell to the Turks in 1453. The successor city to Byzantium, the Third Rome, the last Rome to the old believers, was – Moscow.

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Putin is entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today and command post of the counter-reformation against the new paganism.

Putin is plugging into some of the modern world’s most powerful currents. Not only in his defiance of what much of the world sees as America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony. Not only in his tribal defense of lost Russians left behind when the USSR disintegrated.

He is also tapping into the worldwide revulsion of and resistance to the sewage of a hedonistic secular and social revolution coming out of the West.

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. His recent speeches carry echoes of John Paul II whose Evangelium Vitae in 1995 excoriated the West for its embrace of a “culture of death.”

What did Pope John Paul mean by moral crimes?

The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide – the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.

Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum writes that she was stunned when in Tbilisi to hear a Georgian lawyer declare of the former pro-Western regime of Mikhail Saakashvili, “They were LGBT.”

“It was an eye-opening moment,” wrote Applebaum. Fear and loathing of the same-sex-marriage pandemic has gone global. In Paris, a million-man Moral Majority marched in angry protest.

Author Martha Gessen, who has written a book on Putin, says of his last two years, “Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world.”

But the war to be waged with the West is not with rockets. It is a cultural, social, moral war where Russia’s role, in Putin’s words, is to “prevent movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.”

Would that be the “chaotic darkness” and “primitive state” of mankind, before the Light came into the world?

This writer was startled to read in the January-February newsletter from the social conservative World Council of Families in Rockford, Ill., that, of the “10 best trends” in the world in 2013, No. 1 was “Russia Emerges as Pro-Family Leader.”

In 2013, the Kremlin imposed a ban on homosexual propaganda, a ban on abortion advertising, a ban on abortions after 12 weeks and a ban on sacrilegious insults to religious believers.

“While the other superpowers march to a pagan worldview,” writes WCF’s Allan Carlson, “Russia is defending Judeo-Christian values. During the Soviet era, Western communists flocked to Moscow. This year, World Congress of Families VII will be held in Moscow, Sept. 10-12.”

Will Vladimir Putin give the keynote?

In the new ideological Cold War, whose side is God on now?

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11 comments on “Buchanan: Is God on Russia’s Side?

  1. Okay, provocative as ever. And, no doubt, steeped in that rich culture of historical precision, for which ol’ Pat is famous and beloved by Catholics and hated by the goon squads of the Left.

    I won’t gainsay or affirm a thing he says – about Putin’s intent – in this piece until…

    A. It is clear that Russia is NOT a world leader in producing pornography;

    B. It is clear that Russia is NOT funding and supplying crucial technical and material assistance to nuclear weapons-bound Islamicists in Iran (and not for reasons having to do with their ancient feud with Israel alone, but rather their co-equal hatred of America);

    C. It is clear that Russia is NOT funding even more extensive SVR (successor of the NKVD / KGB ) subversion and intel operations against the West than it was during the Cold War;

    D. It is clear that Russia is NOT linking itself more closely with the CPC (Red China) in military and economic projects.

    The evidence and arguments I’ve seen the past five years indicate otherwise.

    Let me propose a counter-theory: That the secret police establishment in Russia is a self-policing institution (i.e., it kills traitors within its midst) which has controlled the Russian throne since the first czar, as well as the leadership of the apostate Russian “church” and even the entire Politburo establishment from the 1920s until the collapse of the USSR. It is an oligarchy of families of incredibly rich solipsists whose sole motivation is self-preservation and self-aggrandizement which permits, without reference to morals, certain individuals to hold political power in return for whatever conditions it dictates. Its presence today is even more wealthy and more influential than ever. Thus, Putin is who he is because his “betters” have decided on him and what he represents, for the moment. The dynastic element in American presidential and congressional politics, in certain instances, is a mirror image of this much older Russian institution.

    Using a church pulpit as a weapon with which to further denigrate the West, not that much of what Putin purports isn’t absolutely true – it is!, is hardly surprising coming from a nation that has tortured, raped and murdered its way through life, all as official policy, for centuries.

    My fear here is that Pat has been so disillusioned, as have I and many others, over the prospects of either Washington or Rome ever coming to their senses before yet another barbarian horde wipes both from the face of the earth, that he may be grasping at yet one more illusion as a “counterweight” to American and all Western decadence.

    It’s not.

    Both the Mother of God and common sense make that plain.

  2. I see your point Gpmtrad, but it comes down to this IMHO: I don’t trust either the commie Kenyan sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, nor the talmudist, masonic and leftist controlled European Union to uphold traditional Catholic, or even traditional Christian ideology, nor basic natural laws. Putin and Russia should be looked at with skepticism, but there’s more hope of Putin truly seeing the light than the other two I mentioned above. Time will tell.

    • Correction:
      “commie, MUSLIM Kenyan”

    • I forgot to add a point about Russia’s harsh resistance to any improvement of official relations with the Catholic Church. That is as much a religious as political problem, of course, but it is a real one.

      I hope you’re right, St. Francis.

      I did not enjoy writing my comments, ^^^above. I am a BIG PJB fan and always will be.

      It just seemed to me to be an issue that needed to be raised.

    • patrick56 says:
      “The bar is pretty low when Putin is considered a pinnacle of hope and virtue on the world’s scene”.

      That’s true, but that’s the reality in which we live. The “enlightened” West has abandoned basic Divine and natural laws and Christian ideology and replaced it with secularism, liberalism and relativism to promote their “New World Order “. When killing unborn babies, homosexuality, same sex “marriage”, porn, sexual promiscuity, socialism, and feminism are considered “rights”, and traditional marriage, individualism, right to life, morality, natural law, free enterprise, believing in and trying to follow the teachings of the one true God and His Catholic Church and individual responsibility are considered “wrong” that is the end, at least in the West for the foreseeable future. If Putin, whatever his motives are, can counter that with the affirmation of natural and Divine law, without persecuting the Catholic Church I’m all for it.

  3. I keep forgetting to post these. When I do remember I can’t find the Putin threads, so I’ll put these here now:

    christianorder.com/editorials/editorials_2013/editorials_oct13.html

    christianorder.com/editorials/editorials_2013/editorials_nov13.html

    And remnantnewspaper.com has an article from Solange Hertz about Russia right now.
    Lots of food for thought. Does anyone remember the thread with the post about all the serious differences with the orthodox?

    • At least, I’m pretty sure I posted that on the thread you mentioned.

      Great outfits. Great outfits. Killer beards. But, as St. Pius X told us, they’re heretics as much as they are schismatics.

      Будьте осторожны, товарищи !

  4. We’ve got a Greek Orthodox and an Anglican who come to our church (SSPX) weekly and don’ t go to communion or convert. We keep trying…..hopefully one day.
    Thanks for the link. I’ve not read back that far in their archives yet.

    • That website is a crash course, plus graduate level credits, in the state of affairs for both church and state nowadays.

      I’ve been working my way through the lengthy November ’13 article on Cultural Hegemony as a Marxist objective.

      Stunning, stunning material and expertly marshaled.

      Merci, mon ami!

    • My guess is that if either ever do convert, it would more likely be the Anglican.

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