By William S. Lind, Traditional Right
As of this writing, March 4, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has turned into a typical Russian mess. Ukraine is not dead yet. The Russian army’s logistics have broken down, as they usually do. And Russia has suffered a monumental self-inflicted defeat at the moral level of war, which is the most powerful level.
But the magnitude of the disaster is only visible if we step back a bit and look at the grand strategic effects it has on all of Christendom, the great civilization that stretches from the Western Hemisphere’s Pacific Ocean coast through Britain, Europe, and Russia, to meet the Pacific once again. Just when we thought Christendom’s civil wars had ended, allowing us to focus on the new threat from the global south, Mr. Putin has plunged us back into an east-west conflict. It is hard to imagine a worse development for Christendom’s future, short of nuclear war.
To see this picture clearly, we need to remember our civilization as it was in March, 1914. Quite simply, it ruled the world. Even in places such as China that remained independent, our culture was the model everyone aspired to. Christendom itself was full of self confidence. It knew it was the best, most productive, most morally sound culture the world had ever produced (this slighted China, an equally successful culture, but in 1914 China seemed hopelessly backward).
Then, in August of that awful year, Christendom launched itself on the first of three civil wars, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. In the course of the 20th century, Christendom devoured itself. Not only did it kill a hundred million or more of its own people and reduce much of its physical patrimony to ashes, it lost all confidence in itself. In fact, its own elites became its worst enemy, worms gnawing its vitals from within, replacing the faith that created it with an ideology, Marxism (of several varieties), that called on it to destroy itself.
Then the Cold War ended. Christendom could be reunited. But it wasn’t. The Blob, the American foreign policy establishment, made an error of vast proportions. It crowed over Russia as a victor, when it should have welcomed a non-Communist Russia back into the Concert of Powers. Not only should the U.S. and western Europe not have expanded NATO into former Warsaw Pact countries, they should have welcomed Russia into NATO. Why? To meet the threat rising from the global south.