The Odd Man Out

Everyone knows that if you say “Prayers for X,” and then colour your display picture, or change your display picture, or abruptly become a citizen of X, then the murdered citizens of X where X is a country victimised by a sudden, destructive and politically motivated mass-murder totally fixes everything.

Okay so maybe that last one, where you forcibly move in and illegally take up residence, is something only the Migrant Crisis allows. There’s also that chance that I’ve managed to boner up the chronology. That may happen juuuuuust before there’s a terrorist attack where everyone responds by praying and changing their display picture.

The point is that saying prayers and changing your social media stuff is how we get souls into the afterlife a bit easier, and how we assuage the grieving families. Most of all, though, it totally fixes whatever demographic and political trends led everyone to the point where some demented moron thought, “You know what’d be fantastic? A bomb in a subway in St. Petersburg” or “I had this great idea. Why don’t we attack Syria with chemical weapons?”

So what’s going on with Russia? Germany, who has managed to perfect this phenomenon to a administratively managed miracle of lights appropriately coloured to the victimised’s nations flags being shined illustriously and, one must assume, quite helpfully, on the Brandenburg Gate that will not be the case tonight.

No, fourteen Russian souls, evicted violently from their bodies during an explosion in the St. Petersburg metro on Monday morning, have to somehow make do without landmarks changing colour somewhere in central Germany. 

The Brandenburg Gate, like that Reuters article will tell you, was actually built, probably, as a result of some of the blood shed by sons of Leningrad (later known as St. Petersburg). The Brandenburg Gate commemorates the East and West German border, established during the Cold War. If you’ll recall, it was indeed Russia who invaded Germany to create that border—just like it was Germany who invaded Russia to start that particular bit of nastiness.

Sworn, bitter, bloody enemies. That’s obviously why Germany refuses to—wait, hold on. Hold on. Who occupied the other half of Germany after murdering its way to the eventual site of the Brandenburg Gate?

The United States? What? … And France? … and Britain? Crazy. And the Gate’s been lit in all those colours, in response to all those tragedies, over not-so-many years. So probably, the old state of world affairs has nothing to do with this?

Okay, so why? Why would these apparently heartless German authorities refuse to demonstrate solidarity with exactly one population.

Well… what makes Russia different?

Umm.

Alright, alright. Lots of things make Russia different. They’re not in the West, they’re not in the EU, and they don’t care about globalism in the slightest. In all these ways, they’re a lot like the Chinese. The difference is that the Chinese could lose an entire city to a series of chemical weapons attacks and nobody would ever know about it. Except the Chinese, who would immediately instruct everyone that they knew nothing about it, and then not even the Chinese would be aware that the Chinese had lost… you get it.

So here’s the rub, right?

There’s a few things about the Russians that bother people. It’s why Hillary Clinton campaigned on a hostile foreign affairs platform including a no-fly zone in Syria. It’s why what you could call “the establishment” in the United States continues to push for a nuclear war with the Russians. Must be a big deal for people to be thinking “the best and most reasonable way to fix this is to end the world,” right?

Nope!

It’s mostly that Russia refuses to act like a Western, diverse, multicultural democracy. Russia, naturally, has, across its eleven time zones and quite significant amount of planet Earth, a diverse-enough population. Certainly more diverse and multicultural than say, Japan. It doesn’t really use democracy in the way that we understand it. In fact, the Russian view of democracy is very… Russian… in that it isn’t democracy at all. The Russians allow an extreme amount of corruption to determine who gets what, because, and I’ll be honest with you here, they may not actually understand how things might work, otherwise.

I suppose there is the annexation of the Crimea, and the subsequent war in the Ukraine where nobody can agree on how it’s happening, why it’s happening, or who is actually participating. The Crimean annexation, territory that has belonged to Russia since Peter the Great took it from the Crimean Khanate the eighteenth century, supposedly voted quite firmly to rejoin the Russian Federation—and save the snarky comments and grins. We are a rule of law society, and if there’s no proof of corruption, we cannot accuse anyone of being corrupt.

Yes, even despite what I just said about Russia. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes (most of the time) self-awareness is not actually necessary for a state to keep running. I’ll refrain from mentioning the other former superpower whose flag sports red, white and blue. Plus, just because Russia is a provable mess of oligarchic corruption and pseudo-democracy, doesn’t mean the demonstrably independent-to-that-point Crimea had been.

Though, they probably are now—but also probably happier and 100% more Russian.

Which does indicate Russian willingness to accept mass immigration, doesn’t it? Just, not the right kind. Germany, of course, has accepted millions of Muslim refugees, alongside most other Western countries, whereas Russia has not. Russia, despite owning several Muslim republics and having several more on its southern doorstep in Central Asia, has not accepted multiple thousand Muslim refugees.

There are many reasons for this, but the primary one might be either that Russia has only an extremely minimal welfare state (of which refugees, fairly or unfairly, do need a more robust example of to get started or stay alive in a new country failing private sponsorship) or Russia simply isn’t letting them in the country. Russian border security, for anyone who’s been there or has heard of someone visiting, is mildly frightening. They do not give the impression that the guns are for show, and the papers are just details—the Russians really are interested in border security. For that reason, they might be turning Muslims away just because they haven’t legally applied to enter.

This is in stark contrast to America (which had, up until the Trump administration, virtually no border security whatsoever) or Canada which appears to be harbouring refugees illegally, just because they showed up despite massive negative trend indicators in Sweden.

Basically, Russia is the odd man out. With the West currently built on the military-industrial complex, and with the military-industrial complex needing enemies to invest against, (as I explain here) being the odd man out is a bad idea.

The Russians are the odd man out because they’re not Western, don’t want to be Western, aren’t ascribing to globalist ideals, and hey! There’s a bunch of excuses we can use to discriminate against them—while simultaneously ignoring the fact that we in the West have or are doing everything the Russian Federation has ever been accused of.

No, being the odd man out sucks, I guess. Not least because I suppose all those sad Russian ghosts now have to settle down and haunt the St. Petersburg metro. Thanks a lot, Germany.

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