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Wednesday, September 7, A.D. 2016
Peter Hitchens on Russia

I highly recommend that you read Peter Hitchens’ charming and thoughtful essay in First Things about his years spent in Moscow and about Russia’s geopolitical situation today: “The Cold War Is Over.” Hitchens’ sensible consideration should be so obvious for those who have eyes to see—but so few ever bother to look.

As a personal note, I enjoyed remembering the many places mentioned that my brother Aaron and I visited, including Bolshaya Ordynka, Novodevichy Convent, and the Danilovsky Monastery. I laughed at the following reminiscing:

You will have heard that Europe ends at the Ural Mountains. This is not true. The Urals are a much overrated geographical feature, but even if they weren’t, you can find Asia in Moscow, and feel its closeness. In the days before Christmas, when I lived there, Moscow took on the mythical characteristics of the East, as old women wrapped in black took up station on street corners, selling fresh-killed geese raised in snowy clearings. I would not have been surprised if these ageless crones had offered me a handful of magic beans or three wishes. . . .

The rebirth of Russia is a consolation in these mad times when the West appears unflinching in its efforts to destroy itself.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, September 7, A.D. 2016
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Glad you caught this. A very interesting piece from Hitchens for sure. I always enjoy his writing, even if I don’t agree with him on everything, and his television appearances often end up hurting his own case due to the blackpill demeanor.

Posted by Mark Citadel on Thursday, September 15, A.D. 2016
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