Stephen Cohen’s Defense of Vladimir Putin

Stephen Cohen’s Defense of Vladimir PutinBy Michael HoffmanIn Prof. Stephen Cohen’s speech last December (available on video), defending Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he makes the case that the New York Times, Washington Post and other “prestigious” legacy media are guilty of publishing fake news. Cohen’s speech is a serious deflation of the legacy media's hypocritical hot air balloon accusing its Internet business rivals, such as YouTube and Twitter, of purveying fake news. The 28-minute speech by Cohen is on YouTube (start viewing at the 2-minute mark).The Saker, a Russian historian, analyzes Cohen's speech and Putin's authentic career, in a recent essay. Here's an excerpt from Saker’s analysis:Putin, speaking about the US, declared, “They don’t want to humiliate us, they want to subjugate us. They want to solve their problems at our expense, they want to subordinate us to their influence“. Putin then added, “nobody in history has ever succeeded in doing this and nobody will ever succeed."He realizes what absolute disaster, a cataclysm of truly cosmic proportions the break-up of the Soviet Union represented for all the people of the former USSR and what an absolute nightmare it was for Russia to live a full decade as a subservient colony of Uncle Sam. This is where various right-wingers and assorted Alt-Righters completely “lose” Putin: he told an assembly of Orthodox Jews that 80-85% of Bolshevik leaders were Jews...Putin ignored the hysterics of Netanyahu about the Russian role in Syria...Jews and Russians are forever joined in their common memory of the horrors of WWII....Russia has very strong ties to the Russian-speaking Jewish communities worldwide....Putin is acutely aware of the dangers of nationalism, just as much as he is aware of the dangers of imperialism, and he said so many times: Russia cannot afford any more nationalistic conflicts as they almost completely destroyed Russia in the 1990s. Just look at modern Ukraine and you will see what a Russia torn apart by nationalist ideologies could have looked like, had Putin not cracked down hard on various nationalists (including and mostly Russian ones). Far from catering to (an admittedly powerful) Jewish lobby in Russia, Putin is, in fact, trying to assemble as many different peoples and minorities as possible to his project of a New Russia; and that project includes Russian Jews, not only for the sake of these Jews, but mainly for the sake of Russia. The same goes for another crucial minority in Russia – Muslims. They also very much form a key part of the project Putin has for Russia. Of course, racists, nationalists and other less than bright folks in Russia will still dream about expelling all Jews (or Muslims) from Russia. Simply put – that ain’t happening (for one thing this would be physically impossible) and Putin and those who support him will fight such projects with every legal tool at their disposal. Here again, you could say that Putin is a patriotic internationalist. End quote from "Saker.” (It's worth taking the time to read his entire essay).Of course Putin certainly is “catering" to the Israeli and Chabad Lubavitch lobby in Russia. Putin is a student of Von Clausewitz, Metternich, Machiavelli and Solzhenitsyn all rolled into one riddle wrapped in the enigma that is the Russian powerhouse, which no one detailed better than Dostoyevsky, and as Napoleon and Hitler discovered to their eternal regret.Anyone who believes the Renaissance papal Church has even one leg to stand on in terms of authentic representation of Christ's ecclesia on earth (and we do not), in our opinion can't object to Putin's statecraft — because in many ways the papist Machiavellian influence is his strongest influence.Second, neo-Nazis are still fighting World War II and view Putin and Russia solely through that 1940s prism. They have seldom demonstrated the ability to grasp that Hitlerism was understood in Russia as a campaign to eliminate the Slavic people as an independent historical force on the world stage. Hitler was viewed as a fool who spared his beloved Britain an invasion by opening a second front in the East in a war he should have known he could not possibly win — as a result he became the biggest loser of the 20th century, along with his prime victims, the German people. Russians share one trait with Americans: they can't abide a loser. "Assorted Alt-Righters" can't comprehend the Russian perspective on Hitler: that he almost succeeded in having the German people wiped off the face of the earth.It was in Communist East Germany in the 1950s-1990s that Germans were preserved from 3rd World immigration, miscegenation, pornography, drugs and other "benefits” of the capitalist Western democracies. To this day it is the former East European Communist nations —  now free to practice the Christianity which the Soviets had forbidden —  that are mounting the only organized government resistance to open borders in all of Europe.This writer is an anti-communist as well as an anti-usury-capitalist, who notes the failure of the Alt-Right to appreciate that the place of the white race in the world will only be secured by equating our race with peace and justice, not conquest and extrusion. The foremost Nazis and Stalinists today are in "Israel" and ISIS. Zionism and Saudi "Wahhabist" Islam are both predicated on mass murder and extrusion of whole populations. All politicians deserving of that sordid name, including Mr. Putin, believe that compromise and deceit are virtues in politics. In the sixteenth century, Pope Pius V was ruling an empire of priestcraft, sodomy, usury and Kabbalistic diabolism, yet he helped to organize the naval forces that spectacularly stopped the Ottoman Turk invasion force at the Battle of Lepanto. If the nature of his Renaissance Church is any guide, this pontiff was not a follower of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God used him nevertheless to save Europe in that era. How do we explain this head-spinning fact? It surely does not signify that we should share in the pope's transgressions by being yoked to the sainthood brand appropriated for him by his Neoplatonic, Hermetic, Kabbalistic Church (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).God's ways are not our ways. Whether we are dealing with Putin or Pius V, we are encountering men who we, as Christian believers, cannot personally follow. But neither should we close our eyes to how God may have in the past — or may be now — deploying them. The Bible offers numerous examples of ungodly persons used by Yahweh for some good (for instance, Joshua 2: 1-3; 6: 17-25).  This is a mystery.If the Old Testament contains mysteries beyond human comprehension, what of our human politics and history? A prime example is ancient Rome under the Caesars.  It was none other than this "abomination of desolation” that was utilized by God to fulfill the prophecy of His Divine Son:"And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. But he answered and said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down...When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand),  then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains..." (Matthew 24: 1-2; 15-16).The Roman Army that marched on Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was God's army. Go figure. The general who commanded that invincible force, Titus, is, in the pages of the Talmud of Babylon, second only to Jesus Christ in terms of the hatred directed against him in that most sacred of all rabbinic volumes. We are not asserting by any means that Pius V or Vladimir Putin were, or are, types of Titus. No one has the authority, much less the competence, to make such a declaration. We ought to however, temper our judgments concerning history and politics with a humble cognizance of the mysterious ways of Divine Providence.Michael Hoffman is the editor of the periodical, Revisionist History® and the author of nine books. The continuation of his work is dependent on the charity of truth-seekers and the sale of his writings and recordings.  ____________