It is always a joy to have russocentric posts on Arimathea, and the Olympics are a fitting occasion for such as the world is currently focused on Russia. Sadly, Western media coverage has been a tad nasty. As I mentioned at the beginning of the games in “To Sochi, with Love,” the depiction of the pussy rioters as heroic dissidents has annoyed me. As thousands of online commentators have noted, The New York Times, Madonna, and the State Department would treat these wretches quite differently had they performed a protest song in a mosque in Riyadh. Of course, had such occurred, the band would not have lived to go on a cushy, all expense paid bitchfest circuit throughout the West.
Moreover, I have been surprised by the politicization of the Olympics by third party Western journalists, and having to tolerate NBC’s “journalistic” commentary is a painful cost to pay to be able to watch the games. I have two thoughts regarding the snarky media comments about Sochi. First, Western journalists are digging for any dirt in order to portray the Russians negatively as a form of revenge for the Russians’ failing to get with the Open Society Foundation’s program. How dare the Russkies defy the delicate sensibilities of the Davos-SWPL set! Second, even if we discount the political agenda of the newsies, their white leftist programming is on full display. For when white leftists travel to non-white regions, they display the most ridiculous diplomatic sensibilities: venerating the local idols of the tribe with as much fervency as Urban Outfitters atheists can muster, acknowledging the supposed cultural superiority of colored folk (you know, like the soulful wisdom of Apaches), and commenting on the ecological sustainability of using human excrement as a building material. They never show their entitled, arrogant essence, worrying that such would betray their deeply internalized racism. Yet, they have no problem unmasking themselves as Ugly Americans when they travel to a white man’s land that pales in comparison to luxurious Manhattan living. Remember how the Western media portrayed the Chinese at the Olympic Games in Peking, and consider how they will react in Rio de Janeiro. Can you imagine mainstream media types’ whining about colored water or Third World plumbing in Pardo Land?
Wasn’t that red balloon enough for them?
It appears that the mass media’s conditioning of the public has worked well; see Gallup’s “Americans’ Views of Russia, Putin Are Worst in Years.” Not long ago, Western conservatives hated the godless Communists while Western lefties made excuses for the Soviets. “Conservatives” remain russophobic (cf. “Liberals for War”), while the Left loses its enthusiasm for Russian autocracy when it is wielded to defend Christianity or traditional civilization. Now, both Republicans and Democrats dislike Russia, and Gallup’s survey shows the results. Just last night as I was channel surfing during Olympic commercials, I watched Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer criticize Stephen Cohen’s article in The Nation, “Distorting Russia,” as yet another example of leftist apologies for Russia. The Fox News men ought to have addressed the points in Cohen’s fair article rather than handwaving it away like Nate the Neocon because it questions the legitimacy of their perpetual belligerence against the Russians.
I remember hearing somewhere (in class, conversation, or online) that there were only three sovereign nations in the world—Russia, China, and the United States of America. Those three largely dictate the policies of the rest of the world. I think of that when I encounter neoconservative bile for the Russians. Are men like McCain and Krauthammer spiteful toward Russia because it obstructs American imperialism? Or are they against Russia because they are liberal true believers—whether economically or socially—and they are sad that the United States did not colonize the crippled country of the Yeltsin era when Wall Street, NGOs, and the State Department had the chance? Or are they upset that all their money and efforts to transform the former Soviet block into their mirror image have not really paid off? Consider all the organizations, newspapers, and political plants Americans have sown in post-Soviet lands—all the colored revolutions, all the Kyiv Post editorials—and still someone runs the Kremlin who has the gall to disregard the wishes of post-national traitors and global economy puppeteers.
The twenty-second Olympic Winter Games will soon begin in Sochi. I wish the athletes well, and I send my best wishes to our Russian brethren for a peaceful, successful, glorious Olympics. Four years ago, I confessed to being an Olympics junkie in “A Vancouver Night,” and I am very excited about indulging in my favorite sports program. I even like the commercials. My hometown company Procter and Gamble has mastered the understanding of its most important customer demographic—mothers (“P&G and the big business in sentimental Olympics ads”). And who doesn’t support a “Thank You, Mom” campaign? When I first saw the “Pick Them Back Up” advertisement, I was moved—and impressed:
As a Cincinnatian, I know many Procter and Gamble employees, but I don’t know if any of them work in the company’s marketing departments. If this campaign was done inhouse, the folks behind it deserve the promotion that they surely received. Ditto for the Madison Avenue types, if contracted out.
With the games in Sochi, lately Russia has been in the mainstream news more often than usual. That would normally be pleasant, but I have lamented the increased Western coverage of the Pussy Riot strumpets; the Russkies should have thrown away the keys to those cells. [Update: For more evidence against Russia’s clemency, see what the nasty girls have been doing right before the opening ceremony: “U.S. and Russian diplomats spar over Pussy Riot” and “After Prison Stint, Pussy Riot Keeps Up Anti-Government Stand.” Russians are oddly merciful at times with adversaries of the regime; e.g. Vladimir Ilyich and Ioseb Besarionis—the tsarist authorities should have had them shot for their crimes, sedition, and terrorist activities.] How the tolerance crowd got the vapors when they read about the “Don’t Let Pussy Riot into the Cathedral” video game during their HufPost breaks. (Read “Russian Orthodox Church video game lets you slay Pussy Riot members” for the details.) I, by contrast, couldn’t wait to play it—it delivers a heavy dose of sacriliciousness and it allows you to exorcise demonic leftist sluts! What else could one want in a video game? (Obviously a rhetorical question—horses, swords, castles, apothecaries, magical fountains . . .)
Apart from the pussy rioters, I have several other russocentric links that have been collecting in my post folder. Here is another unholy item from the Motherland, as noted in The St. Petersburg Times: “‘Holy Spirit’ Infecting Russian Computers.” Apparently, impious hackers have spread a virus that fraudulently demands payment “for the upkeep of temples.” Temples of harlotry, more likely! (See, Arimathea can even find a use for Lutherisms; it is very ecumenically conscious.) I sent the story to Fr. Z. as a fitting occasion for his wholly appropriate “Litany for the Conversion of Internet Thugs.”
For some serious fare, here is a transcript of an informative and insightful panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations: “Snowden, Syria, and Sochi: U.S.-Russia Relations on the Eve of the Winter Olympics.”
No list of Russian story links is complete without an anguished nod to the Soviet past, readily provided by The Telegraph: “How the Bolsheviks sold Russia’s treasures.” Bastards.
Yet, the story does not end with the Commies in charge. The following video shows Saint Petersburg on the feast of Saint Alexander Nevsky last year:
Similarly, you may read “Thousands queue in Russia to see religious relic” or any of the dozens of such stories that appear each month about today’s Russia. The times—they’re a-changin’.
As such, Pravmir’s “Solzhenitsyn and the Russian Renaissance” may interest you.
The following story is only in Russian, but you might enjoy the videos of the recent greater consecration of the Optina Hermitage Metokhion in Saint Petersburg: ”Святейший Патриарх Кирилл освятил восстановленное подворье Оптиной пустыни в Петербурге.” Patriarch Kirill is a busy man—and he means business.
See, for instance, “Church-Theme TV Channel to Search for Souls Nationwide” from RIANovosti or “Russian priest wants church in social networks” on New Kerala. I sent the stories to my friend with the following note:
The Russkies know what is at stake—and how to fight.
I heard someone recently say that the top guys in Russia all experienced Soviet control and cultural warfare methods. Many of them knew this from the inside (like Putin, who was KGB). They all saw the methods in action while growing up. So, they know the leftist methods of subversion extremely well—they exported many of them to the West! And they thus know the enemy.
However, Western conservatives never learn. They are the Left’s perennial bitches.
That gives me more hope for Russia.
Wise as serpents!
So, I do rejoice for Russia but cry inside for my own nation when I read stories like “Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.” in The Washington Times. After the Grammy Awards (and the last fifty years), it is hard to dispute Vladimir Vladimirovich’s contention.
I end with a toast to the Russians on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Sochi—ваше здоровье!