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John Laughland addresses conference organised by the State Duma in Moscow

Date de publication: 25.11.2014

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.  I congratulate you and Mr Narishkin, the Speaker, for organising this conference on "Overcoming the crisis of confidence in Europe".  However, I have to frank: I fear that it is a futile exercise.  I fear that when we ask what can be done to overcome the crisis, the answer is "Nothing".  This is because the West does not want to overcome the crisis.  On the contrary, the West has actively sought out a crisis with Russia for its own geopolitical and ideological motives.  Russia is therefore caught in an asymmetrical conflict - asymmetrical because this is not a conflict Russia wants as any conflict with the West is bad for Russia.


Europe and the United States have sought this conflict because they want confrontation with Russia in order to bolster internal support for the catastrophic policy of European integration, especially the euro, and because they want to create the illusion that there exists a political-cultural entity called "the West" which includes them but not Russia and which is based on abstract, post-modern political values.  They need an external enemy to realise their project of creating a transatlantic free trade zone based on "human rights and shared values".  This is a monumental task, especially since a free trade zone will logically lead, in time, to a currency union, as happened within the EU itself, and this is the reason for the perceived need for a conflict with Russia.  We all remember how Hilary Clinton said in December 2012 that the USA would do all it could to prevent the creation of the Eurasian Union - this is why.


Worse, the West is not just applying double standards, of which previous speakers have rightly spoken.  The West is, in my view, in the grip of a collective psychosis.  There is a genuine cognitive dissonance in the West over Ukraine and concerning Russia generally.  We observe, unfortunately, a radical disconnect from reality in Western leaders - let us never forget that, in his speech to European youth in Brussels on 26 March, President Obama said there had been a referendum in Kosovo before that province's independence.  This statement, from a prepared speech, can still be found on the web site of the White House today even though it is a pure invention.


This disconnect from reality flows from the West's belief that it has moved to a higher and perhaps final stage of civilisation than the rest of the world - the famous "end of history".  Europeans and Americans alike believe that post-nationalism is the only possible formula for peace, both internal and external.  For them, Russia is the psychological "shadow" - that onto which impulsed which are suppressed inside the Western psyche are projected onto a mythical evil figure, in this case Putin's Russia, as a way of evacuating them from ourselves.


Under such circumstances, and in view of the gravity of the situation, there is only one policy that Russia can adopt, and that is self-defence.

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