Rus­sia can be an ally to pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - By L. Todd Wood L. Todd Wood writes a col­umn and blog for The Washington Times.

The Krem­lin and its cur­rent lead­er­ship have long mem­o­ries. The Rus­sian at­tempts to hurt Hil­lary Clin­ton in her pres­i­den­tial race against Don­ald Trump hark back to when Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton tried to get Vladimir Putin thrown out of office at the turn of the decade. Mr. Putin holds grudges.

But the big­gest grudge he yearns to sat­isfy, and in many ways par­tially has, is the col­lapse of the Soviet Union at the hands of the West. That would be the West we all used to know: the one that stood up for free­dom, Amer­i­can val­ues, lib­erty, peace and cap­i­tal­ism.

Yes, Rus­sia aims to dele­git­imize the West and its for­mer quest for all of the afore­men­tioned at­tributes. This is what re­ally brought down the USSR. It wasn’t just the arms race. It wasn’t just Ron­ald Rea­gan and NATO. It wasn’t just Soviet top-down man­age­ment. It was that the West was dif­fer­ent — the West stood for a bet­ter way of life for hu­man be­ings.

The fact that Amer­ica has stepped away from these val­ues has not stopped Mr. Putin from con­tin­u­ing to at­tempt to drive a stake through the heart of our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and to re­duce Amer­i­can and Euro­pean power glob­ally at ev­ery turn. The Krem­lin is desta­bi­liz­ing gov­ern­ments in East­ern Europe to pull them back to­ward Moscow’s in­flu­ence. It is sup­port­ing pop­ulist lead­ers in the West who dis­agree with the cul­tur­ally Marx­ist, “pro­gres­sive” agenda of West­ern lead­ers for the past sev­eral decades, which also hap­pens to align with Moscow’s agenda.

Rus­sia is build­ing mil­i­tary power around the world, and Rus­sia is not afraid to use it to sat­isfy cer­tain crav­ings like a foothold in the Mid­dle East for the new Rus­sian state.

In short, Rus­sia will con­tinue to un­der­mine Amer­ica and the rest of the West at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. How­ever, I do not be­lieve Rus­sia wants to de­feat or de­stroy Amer­ica.

The Krem­lin just wants to shape the West’s in­flu­ence to its lik­ing so it can do what it wants with­out in­ter­fer­ence to re­build the Rus­sian em­pire’s in­flu­ence around the world.

We are mov­ing back to the fu­ture to a dan­ger­ous time in hu­man his­tory, where the con­quest the­ory has taken hold again, where might makes right, where free­dom is a fleet­ing con­cept, not even re­mem­bered or un­der­stood or ap­pre­ci­ated by the new gen­er­a­tions of the West.

The death match be­tween com­mu­nism and cap­i­tal­ism is a thing of the past. No one re­ally be­lieves in com­mu­nism any­more, ex­cept Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dents and their tenured profs who can spew Marx­ist dogma with­out fear of con­se­quence.

No, to­day the strug­gle is be­tween those who value their own cul­ture, their own na­tional iden­tity and their own per­sonal free­dom ver­sus the glob­al­ists who want to de­stroy all of the above. To the glob­al­ist, no lie, no false­hood, no de­ceit­ful cam­paign against a gas that is re­quired for life but treated as a pol­lu­tant is too di­a­bol­i­cal. Whether it be global cool­ing, nu­clear win­ter, the pop­u­la­tion bomb or cli­mate change, they all fit a pat­tern of con­trol — the con­trol of fly­over coun­try. The glob­al­ists want con­trol of your money, your life, even your chil­dren. Noth­ing is sa­cred or off lim­its.

It is here that Rus­sia can be an ally to pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans. Here we can find com­mon ground with Moscow to de­feat the scourges that threaten both our moth­er­lands. Whether that be de­feat­ing the ji­hadi armies in the Mid­dle East or com­bat­ing the Is­lamic State’s min­ions in our cap­i­tals, these are ar­eas where we can work to­gether.

The left­ist politi­cians and their cor­rupt me­dia want to lump all right-wing news out­lets to­gether as be­ing Rus­sian pro­pa­ganda out­lets. I would say that in many ways, the Marx­ist, no-lie-is-too-big, fake news me­dia sim­ply de­spise the truth when it is told. It is much eas­ier to call Bre­it­bart a Rus­sian out­let than to deal with the un­com­fort­able facts that the me­dia out­let re­ports on a daily ba­sis.

Very sim­ply, when pa­tri­otic Amer­i­can in­ter­ests to de­feat the usurpa­tion of our free­doms align with the Krem­lin’s in coun­ter­ing the glob­al­ist me­dia’s nar­ra­tive, we can be al­lies. Call­ing the Is­lam­i­fi­ca­tion of the West what it is, an in­va­sion spon­sored by glob­al­ist pow­ers, is one such in­stance. Where Rus­sia con­tin­ues to at­tempt to un­der­mine Amer­i­can se­cu­rity around the world, we will con­tinue to be ad­ver­saries. In these in­stances, the Krem­lin has to be con­fronted.

It will take a spe­cial type of leader to nav­i­gate this swamp of con­flict­ing pri­or­i­ties and dan­gers that free­dom-lov­ing peo­ple in the world now face. Don­ald Trump just may be that type of leader.

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