“TO maintain the support of his people,” says Marcus Kolga in an anti-trucker extravaganza for the Toronto Star, “Putin has created one crisis after another…” Canberra, Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Toronto and Brussels would never do that would they? Kolga thinks the President of Russia orchestrated the freedom convoy in Canada – as also, presumably, the bouncy castles, snow fights, hugs and lawful opposition to an unlawful government. Who knew the former KGB monster had so much in common with Mahatma Gandhi? Kolga’s essay is one of the best examples of trope-packed distraction paranoia currently online for marveling. It all sounds so familiar: ‘intelligence’ experts warn democracy is under ‘threat’ by Russian and Celestial Octopi, that protesters are their pawns – justifiably liquidated by the West’s willing new gestapos – and that all of us will be ‘safe’ if we obey the state and its unelected Cassandras.
The most interesting thing about these arguments is how nationally and politically interchangeable they are. Re-write the names, places and protests and Kolga’s thesis is a doppelganger for cliff-teetering prognoses of doom in the New York Times or The Australian almost every day of the week. And the best part for the ruling class is that it makes little difference to the automated machinery of misdirection which legacy party happens to be in office. Boris Johnson, Jacinda Ardern, Mark McGowan, Peter Dutton and Joe Biden all subscribe to the Uniparty goal: preserve novel totalitarianism and blame any opposition to their own lawless extremism on Russia and China. It isn’t a conspiracy theory. It’s an obvious fact.
This isn’t to say China and Russia are, by any understanding, goodies of international relations in the 2020s. It is to say that today’s ‘West’ is not your grandfather’s West. Its moral superiority over militant nihilism and barbarism has been systematically destroyed from within. A few days ago I was reading the comments beneath a column on Ukraine by Paul Kelly. One contributor chastised another for insipidity in defence of civilisation and pledged that he personally would always stand with our “friends” in Europe. Homosexual ‘marriage,’ industrial-scale abortion, the mutilation of children’s bodies in the name of ‘transgender rights,’ the arrest of Christian preachers in England and Finland for preaching the Gospel, the burning of churches, a war on Christianity, the hatred of Jews, capitulation to Islamic invaders, the institionalised degradation of the family, the abolition of national sovereignty, the nazification of public health, the demonisation of anti-mandaters, storm-trooper brutality… Sorry, no. Western Europe is not my friend.
The West’s extempore Ukraine pivot is a tawdry escape from a reckoning for homegrown crimes – most committed in the name of pandemic ‘measures.’ Nominally, it is led by the handlers of a US President hated by a large majority of his citizens. America on his blank-stare watch has become a violent hellhole, his party’s coup d’etat against Donald Trump has been exposed and the economy is in the toilet. Lining up ravenously at this beguilement buffet are a British Prime Minister on the verge of a party-room execution just two weeks ago for mocking the population he imprisoned; an Australian PM facing oblivion for ratting on his base a dozen times too often; a Canadian premier who ordered protesters robbed, beaten and horse-trampled; a French President whose country is one more Notre Dame or Charlie Hebdo away from civil war; these and the other chaos-engulfed leaders of Germany, Austria, Italy and elsewhere are the Ceaușescu-haunted tyrants weeping oily tears for Ukraine. Please. Vladimir Putin is just the picture. The West is Dorian Gray. To save the world – as I believe we should – we have to save ourselves first.