The Origins of Russophobia

How do wars begin? Wars begin when politicians lie to journalists and then believe what they have read in the newspapers.

Karl Kraus, Dits et Contredits, 1932

The West will not resist any manipulation to attain its aims…Today many Western historians behave exactly like the papal theologians 1,000 years ago; by dint of rewriting history, with the support of dodgy documents and ‘forgetting’ embarrassing documents, they have been able to rewrite history deleting Russia from European memories just as the theologians did with Byzantium (sic) 600 years before. All you have to do now is shift the blame to the ‘Orientals’. If this succeeds, with the passing of time and the deaths of eyewitnesses, the manoeuvre will attain the same goal: the destruction of the memory of Russia as the liberator from Nazism and the establishment of the myth of an Atlantic liberation of Europe. And the shifting of the blame for the World Wars to Russia, just as the blame for the Great Schism was shifted to Byzantium.

Russia – the West, a Thousand Years of War, Pp 180 and 317-18, Guy Mettan, Edition des Syrtes, 2015

Christian Europe begins where castles and the Gothic style end. Here are the borders of Christendom, dividing Anti-Christian Europe in the West from Christian Europe in the East. These borders and marches, or borderlands (the word ‘Ukraine’ means borderland), also mark the beginning of Russophobia, of the self-justifying hatred of Christ and His Church. However, we should not forget that the borders and borderlands are as much in people’s minds as they are on maps. ‘The West’ is a mental construct; Christ, however, is a free way of life that goes beyond artificial human borders.

Why can today’s Western world, ‘Euroamerica’, not stop hating Russia and believing its own lies about Her? Because, if it were to do so, it would have to renounce 1,000 years of its aggressive expansionism, hypocrisy, jealousy and blatant lying (in other words, all that it boastfully and proudly calls ‘Western culture’). Such ‘culture’ is heavily marked by guilt – because it knows that it is wrong. In other words, in order to renounce 1,000 years of lies, it would have to do the hardest thing of all – to go to confession and repent. Just because the West lost its way in the second millennium, it does not mean that it is too late to repent. However, it is later than the West thinks. Russophobia says a great deal about the West, but very little about Russia.

French Russophobia is philosophical, a self-justification because French civilization and culture are, so the French elite believes, superior to all others and France is the centre of the world.

German Russophobia, whether that of Charlemagne, the Teutonic Knights, Frederick Barbarossa, the Kaiser or Hitler, is deeply racist, based on the desire to grab Slav land, called ‘Lebensraum’.

British Russphobia is based on the imperialist British desire for world supremacy – since Russia stood in its way it therefore had to be slandered and hated.

American Russophobia is based on all three of the above. It is philosophical because it believes that America is superior (‘exceptional’) to all other countries, because Americans are racially ‘better’ as they have ‘freedom and democracy’ and because the destiny of America is to unite the world under its totalitarian control (As George Bush said, ‘God told me to invade Iraq’, although in fact it was his advisors who told him to grab Iraq’s oil and gas with God’s voice).

It is Russophobia that made Western countries call Ivan the Threatening (threatening to his enemies) Ivan ‘the Terrible’, even though contemporary Western rulers like Henry VIII killed ten to twenty times more people, including members of their own families and in the most atrocious tortures (such as by boiling them alive).

It is Russophobia that decided that British imperialists like Palmerston and Disraeli would invent the phrase ‘The Great Game’, totally unknown in Russia, which defined British attempts to destroy Russia. The phrase was, in other words, a mere pretext to justify Victorian British imperialism. Like today’s ‘American exceptionalism’, all the phrase says that normal rules and standards do not apply to it – in the superiority complex of its overweening arrogance it is above judgement, higher than God.

It is Russphobia that decided that the Russians were so backward that they introduced serfdom and kept it till the 1860s. In reality, it was Western rulers like Peter I and the German Catherine II who introduced serfdom (along with absolutism), which it was peacefully abolished before the USA abolished slavery at a cost to it of 620,000 dead in its atrocious civil war. And at that time in Western Europe exploited factory workers and peasants, so overworked that they often died in their 40s, were far more enslaved than ever Russian serfs were.

It is Russophobia that decided that revenge attacks on Jews in the Catholic areas of the Russian Empire (Poland, Lithuania, the Catholic Ukraine or Galicia) would be called ‘pogroms’, when in fact the mass murders of Jews going on in Vienna, Berlin and Paris (remember the Dreyfus Affair) at the same time were ten times worse.

It is Russophobia that made militaristic Prussian Germany start a war against non-militaristic Russia in 1914.

It is Russophobia that decided that made an American journalist invent a form of suicide that he called ‘Russian roulette’, totally unheard of and unknown in Russia.

It is Russophobia that decided Churchill to call Russia ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. All this phrase meant was that Churchill was extremely ignorant about Russia and even did not want to understand her.

It is Russophobia that made Great Britain and France encourage Hitler and his Pan-European fascist forces to attack and destroy Russia in 1941, just as Great Britain had already encouraged militaristic Japan to destroy Russia in 1904, supplying it with both dreadnoughts and propaganda.

It is Russophobia that made British spies slander and assassinate the peasant-healer Gregory Rasputin in 1917 and then organize the toppling of the legitimate ruler of Russia, Nicholas II, and replace him with the barbaric and satanic serial murdered of four million, the Tartar German Jew, Lenin, and those Non-Russian tyrants who followed him.

It is Russophobia that made the West invade and occupy Western Europe in June 1944, eleven months before Russian troops liberated Berlin, so preventing Russia liberating all of Europe from the Fascist yoke. Little wonder that De Gaulle refused to remember D-Day as anything other than the humiliation and occupation of France.

It is Russophobia that decided that the Western left would treat Russia as Fascist and the Western right would treat Russia as Communist. So Russia would be a scapegoat and a bogeyman for all Western ills at one and the same time.

It is Russophobia that decided that Russians are drunkards, mafioso criminals, cruel, despotic, uncivilized and simply barbaric. Apparently, the history of the Western Crusades, Inquisitions and Middle Ages, its colonial genocides and exploitation in Latin America, North America, Asia, Oceania and Africa, two World Wars, the invention of Communism (and its export to Russia and elsewhere) and of Nazism, of concentration camps and the atomic bomb, of weapons of mass destruction invented solely by the West, prove that the West is sober, honest, kind, democratic, civilized and simply holy.

Russia has repelled the almost continuous multinational Western invasions of its territory, four times between 1812 and 1941 alone. It has saved Europe from the multinational European armies of Napoleon, freeing Paris with its troops in 1814, and from the multinational European armies of Hitler, freeing Berlin with its troops in 1945. Now it has to save Europe from itself again. This time salvation will not be military, but spiritual and moral, it has to fight for the salvation of the West from Eurosodom and Gomorrhica, from the perverted results of perverted ex-Catholicism and ex-Protestantism.