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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.

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 Masha 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 Jan-Feb. newsletter from the social conservative World Council of Families in Rockford, Ill., that, of the “ten best trends” in the world in 2013, number one 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 super-powers march to a pagan world-view,” 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?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

Copyright 2014

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  1. Don Nash says:

    Theologically speaking, I’m fairly certain that “God” doesn’t pick sides. I’m also fairly certain that “God” is more than likely fed up with humanity in total. After the last conversation I had with “God,” the Deity maintained that “having washed the divine hands of the human species, I’m off to the far side of heaven for a prolonged vacation.” There was also an intimation that the Divine would be back later to pick up the pieces of what remained.

  2. No sense in reading between the lines of any thing Putin says as his heartfelt feelings. He is just another political demagogue playing the public, saying whatever bullshit props up his popularity. Buchanan does the same damn thing every time he opens his mouth. When you are a shill like Buchanan long enough, you have lost all credibility. I suppose he could forget his old habits and actually behave like an actual objective analyst but I don’t see any reason to believe he could or would do that. Same thing goes with the hopeless liberal shills, they have been lying so long to themselves and to others that the complex world fits their comic book simple ideology that they are beyond hope. I am not a cynic in the rest of my life, just politics. Politicians and the main stream political analysts are out for themselves salesmen, nothing more, nothing less. After a decade or two of walking the walk and talking the talk they are sadly removed from the public’s trust. Either they are constantly lying to themselves or lying to the rest of us and it really doesn’t matter which one it is.

    But we still have plenty of honest, hardworking, intelligent, quality analysts out there that have not lowered themselves to whoring themselves out as TV talking heads or saying whatever it takes to get to 51% of the vote. I look to the Unz Review as a bright spot which can identify these people and raise them up onto a larger public platform. I look forward to a a future where these old style political pundits like Buchanan are banished to the boob tube where they can forever interrupt each other, never ever listen to what another person has to say, and generally behave like bad children.

  3. if prayers worked, would we also need priestly classes? let alone religion, putin, bible, quran, torah, talmud, or any ‘sacred’ writ?
    if prayers worked for, say, christians only, wouldn’t we all be christians or even communists by now!

    i think putin better land on earth again and shun religion as much as possible.
    believing in one deity for all of us is ok by me if we stop reading her/his or its mind.

  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “if prayers worked, would we also need priestly classes? let alone religion, putin, bible, quran, torah, talmud, or any ‘sacred’ writ?
    if prayers worked for, say, christians only, wouldn’t we all be christians or even communists by now! ”

    Prayers are not something to “work”. Prayers are supplications to God and communication with the divine.

    It is not asking a genie to grant your every selfish request!

    • Replies: @in the middle
  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Does Dave Chamberlain want to muster a tenth of the scholarship and courtesy of Mr. Buchanan and give us anything other than ad hominem and poor grammar? Let’s not read between the lines. Just the tree by its fruit. Mr. Buchanan is one of the lone voices in America today who might actually save American Christians from waging more war arm in arm with pagans, Jews and Turks.

  6. Reagan talked about paying attention to “our better angels.” It’s not about God being on anyone’s side, it’s about whether anyone is on His. Hard to tell about overseas, but as for here, nah.

  7. Dave Chamberlin, applying the term shill to Patrick Buchanan exposes your ignorance of what the term means. Shills are employed to advance the interests of parties who advance the shill’s interests, usually via money or position. The shill does not need to believe in what he says.

    Pat Buchanan obviously believes what he says because he keeps saying the same things even when they hurt his personal interests. Apart from his work as a political operative, far in the past, no one on the right has had more courage in sticking to his convictions than Pat.

  8. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Another big turnaround : The Godless Western World going against a Christian country !

  9. I guess dumping your wife of thirty years for a flexible young gymnast qualifies as “Christian Values?”

    But Putin is indeed the only one the usual suspects fear. They really do hate his guts. Because when you flee, and YHWH starts murderng your enemies’ babies, you’re supposed to be able to despoil Egypt of its riches unmolested. Putin put a stop to that. He fouled up the works of their brainsick ethnofantasy of divinely-justified looting, by reining-in the oligarchs. That makes him into another Haman who must want to murder all the Jews, and who therefore must be stopped (with someone else’s blood and treasure, of course).

    And as much as I like rooting for the little fellow– or for anyone who vexes the Tribe– Putin’s going to fail. Contra the Catholic warrior Pat (who obviously sees a compatriot in the non-Protestant Putin), it’s going to be because of Christianity. Worshipping Rabbi Yeshua even harder (and confusing your racial ethics with ancient hasbara) will never, ever lead to a cultural victory over Jewsh decadence, because Christianity is the original Jewish decadence.

  10. KA says: • Website

    Putin believes in Christisn -Wrstern values He has tried his best to be included into the pantheon of the western Demi god as equal on an even keel on the platform flush with his own . He wanted to be accepted as one of Bush,Blair,Metkel,Sarkozy or Holland . But the weste never had any respect for Russia or Soviet or the Russian Federation.
    Putin did his best to accommodate . He served US both on Iraq and repeatedly on Iran. He used Checheneyia to advance his own political future before it got ugly.
    Now the beast is pouncing on him. He sees the writing on the wall. He could not find safety in either in the democratic-capitalist -mercantile paradigm not in the military strength. So he evokes the past .He raises religion. He talks of bond. He utters history hoping someone would listen . But long before this attempt to find God ,he has attempted to sell his soul to the devil . He
    was not paid . Instead he was demanded more and more to acquiesce to.
    Buchanan is angry and understandably do. But the train left the station long time ago. Putin is trying pull up his horse driven carriage van in the deserted train station. No one is there to board.
    Before sexual revolution, before immigration,before permissiveness before divorce,there were wars on the brown and the black,on the family of the 3rd world,on the moral fabric of the brown and the black,on the culture and the society of the 3 rd world,on their sense of individuality and on their identities. The economy of the 3 rd world was destroyed .
    Buchanan has forgot that what goes around comes around . It has always done for some inexplicable reason. Putin has forgot the role of Catherine and Ivan but the victims live beyond the affected generation.
    Putin needs to get put of his Christian,white,western veil to see the light.He needs a new narrative that is old and hackneyed – for peace work for justice and dispense justice. Nothing less ,nothing more.

    • Replies: @in the middle
  11. @autobomahalo.
    you missed the message by an ocean. the message or lesson is that we would not need priests if prayers for, say, peace or healing from cnacer, would be fulfilled.

  12. @Anonymous

    actually, the Greek word, proseuchomai, means to wish, exchange, literally to interact. So much for what people believe what the word ‘pray’ means.
    Basically means to exchange words with God, and not what so many people think, ‘to list my wishes, and wants, and getting them now!’

  13. @KA

    If Putin needs anything from the so called ‘west’, he is not that smart. What does the West has that he needs? that is crazy! Zero, Russia needs nothing from the west, the last time they got something from the West, millions of Russians perished! Communism!. So no, Russia needs nothing from the LGBT Western crowd.

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