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THE PUSSY RIOT CASE, RUSSIA, AND THE USUAL CRAPOLA FROM WASHINGTON

September 4, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell

By now you've doubtless heard about the Pussy Riot case in Russia, where members of a punk rock band were sentenced to prison for - in the Western media's view - violations of the "right of free speech" and for criticizing that dastardly neo-Stalinist, Vladimir Putin. A few years back, the American media - and particularly its home-grown-religion's media - was up in arms about Russian laws against evangelicals seeking to proselytize or "convert" people away from that nasty Catholic-looking Russian Orthodoxy stuff, to that "true bible-believing Christianity" that seems oddly compliant to the American oligarchy's geopolitical agendas. Russia's claims that it simply was trying to protect its national identity and culture - which is bound up with Orthodoxy no less than Spain's is bound up with Catholicism - fell on deaf ears.

Whether or not Russia's moves can be justified or not, the Pussy Riot case is an example, at least as far as I am concerned, of Western cultural (and other forms of) imperialism run amok. As Paul Craig Roberts points out in the following article, the performance that landed them in jail contained no criticism of Mr. Putin, and was deliberately performed in a cathedral and deliberately designed to provoke. One is reminded of a similar "performance" by radicalized blockheads in the gay community many years ago, where a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in new York City being celebrated by John Cardinal O'Connor was interrupted by nutcases throwing condoms at the cardinal.

(Paul Craig Roberts' comment on the Pussy Riot Incident is here):

The American Onslaught Against International Law

I would aver that freedom of speech can only exist in a culture of deep tolerance, and deep abiding suspicion of power. What Pussy Riot did may have effectively been an exercise of the latter, but it was certainly not an exercise of the former. Free speech is not anarchical speech, which term I use to designate behavior that is not cognizant of the cultural sensitivities and beliefs of "the other" and is indeed designed to be provocative or insulting to it.

But there is also in play here a geopolitical issue, and Roberts is right to point it out. In the wake of the West's power-crazed "resource grab" in the aftermath of 9/11, virtually every incident - whether it began that way or not - now has the potential of becoming a geopolitical football in the emerging contest between... between what exactly? We cannot say it is merely a contest between East and West, though it is that, since more often than not, China and Russia are on the same side of things. But, with India and Brazil and indeed, more and more of Latin America being drawn into that orbit (largely because of a history of heavy-handedness on the West's part in those countries), it can no longer be qualified as a "re-eruption" of the Cold War...there are alignments of nations now that simply would have been unthinkable thirty years ago. And there is something absolutely new on the scenes in the current situation: the growing disenchantment, and feeling of disenfranchisement, in the West, and particularly in America, itself. The fact that Roberts, a former member of the Reagan Administration, would be writing more and more in defense of Putin and Russia and less and less in defense of the madness "guiding" American foreign and domestic policy, is testimony enough to the trend, whether or not one agrees with it.

The Pussy Riot case, like that of Julian Assange, certainly did not begin as incidents of geopolitical import, but they have each become that in the highly charged atmosphere that has emerged in the wake of 9/11, and more importantly, that has emerged in the atmosphere of global reaction against the growing resort in American politics to militarism abroad and the vast potential for domestic repression at home, where drones are being requested, and sold, to local law enfarcement departments, where Social Security buys bullets...

The geopolitics of the age, however, will neither permit the encirclement, siege, and subjugation of Russia in the 21st century any more than it did of Germany in the 20th. Indeed, both those countries seemed to have learned their lessons about who put them in that situation rather well, and in Russia's case, the people who learned that lesson are in actual power, and populate its intelligence and military departments of government. It is the western oligarchs who are now viewed as behind the times, insane, and - in a paraphrase  of Solzhenitsyn's remarks about the leaders of the Kremlin - insane enough to start a World War to maintain their own power and privilege.

As for free speech and Pussy Riot, I respectfully submit to the members of that group, that if they crash any group meeting for one of their "performances," it not be a Russian Orthodoxy Cathedral, but the next meeting of the Bilderberg Group... then we'll all be able to sit back and have a good laugh at how Washington and the western media will handle that expression of "free speech."

See you on the flip side.