Warsaw / February 21, 2021
It looks like nowadays we are witnessing a radical revision of Western principles of attitude towards totalitarian regimes (specifically, to China and Russia). Honestly, if one looks at Western policy towards these two countries which was dominant during previous decades, it is hard to call it anything but short-sighted, if not criminal.
1. The governments of the West, starting with the United States, have been behaving as if they were the owners of an artel for the production of indoor slippers and toilet paper. The concept of "cheap labor", was - and, unfortunately, still is - the cornerstone of the economic strategy manifesting itself in pumping the latest technologies into the "assembly shops" of the totalitarian communist regime. This included the sharing of military technologies with China whose government kept pursuing industrial espionage on an unheard-of scale. As a result, an armed to the teeth totalitarian monster has grown up, threatening global security.
2. This behavior of the West goes back to Nixon and Carter, who naively believed that they were playing the "Chinese card" against the USSR and thus began the arming Communist China with modern lethal weapons, including the nuclear ones. As a result, that "card" has played against themselves.
1. After the collapse of the USSR, no Western government attempted to take external control of the processes of democratization in Russian Federation, as it seemed unnecessary to Western leadership. The primitive concept of Western strategies towards Russia (just like towards China) was as follows: even if that country is ruled by a junta, it is OK as long as it keeps its population in obedience and does not challenge the global order. The leaders of the West believed that they successfully assigned to those two "sleeping giants" the following roles: Communist China was to be a giant assembly shop, whereas Russia was to serve as agas station and gas pump, as well as a world landfill for toxic wastes, starting with the nuclear ones.
2. The West also believed that the state of post-Soviet Russia was similar to that of post-WWII Germany which had been placed under external rule with the Marshall Plan that was to prevent the revival of the Nazi regime in any possible new incarnation. In Russia, however, nothing like that has been ever done even to the smallest extent. As a result, the openly criminal regime of Boris Yeltsin degenerated into the terrorist regime of the former KGB, led
by Vladimir Putin. Under this new dictatorship, regular dorms of criminal activities escalated into war crimes as well as into crimes against humanity, while he internal life of Russia is marked by the collapse of all spheres and complete lawlessness of the fascist type.
So, what has the West got as a result of the above-described policy?
Currently China threatens world security using the high-tech technologies obtained in the West or stolen from it. In turn, technologically backward Russia threatens world security with terrorism and all kinds of sabotage. The "merit" in this belongs largely to the Western leadership, which has proven not only short-sighted but also quite corrupt. After all, both the Chinese Communist Party and the Kremlinites own a huge army of "Trojan horses" in the big politics of European countries and of the United States.
At one time, the West nurtured the regimes of Adolph Hitler in Germany and of Joseph Stalin in the USSR believing that regular admonishing of both Fuhrers of the two Reichs at impressive diplomatic gatherings could keep them under control. Alas, the result was more than tragic: another world war with tens of millions of victims.
The recent western policy towards China and Russia did not seem to differ too much from the above. And we all know that the nurturing and caressing Hitler resulted, besides all, in the bombing of London by V-2 missiles invented by Werner von Braun, who, by the way, became a "trophy" of the United States after the war.
It seems, though, that the West is now slowly waking up up largely because a similar prospect has just dawned on it. But how exactly did it wake up, and what needs to be done in order to prevent it from falling asleep again, will be addressed in one of the next articles.