Wahhabism is not Islam, it is a death cult. Fascism is not a legitimate political movement, it too is a death cult. But there is another phenomenon gripping Europe, one that whilst not actively praising death, seems to deny the many strands of commonality which the wider human world might associate with life. I’m speaking of the cult of Nihilism that has gripped Europe.
When I say Europe, I really mean northern and eastern Europe. The sun-kissed sands of the generally anti-war Mediterranean are a far cry from the snow-covered forests of the north and east where NATO missile launchers blossom like Christmas trees.
Nihilism is best defined as the wilful denial of any set of beliefs. It is the worship and veneration of nothingness. It bears some relation to what Freud described as Thanatos or ‘death drive’. When the natural aggression of the human psyche does not have healthy outlets, it will turn this drive inwards. This is what the Nihilistic states of Europe are doing to their own people, culture and homelands.
It is no coincidence that a group of psychopaths in late 19th century Russia, responsible for the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, called themselves The Nihilists. Now however, it is not Russian madmen who threaten to destroy their own state, the neo-Nihilists are doing so in Europe.
Recently, troops, tanks and missiles have been brought en masse to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Norway. The willing bidders of NATO’s will have coalesced to dance around the instruments of death like a strange satanic gang.
The ordinary people of such countries are left mostly in the dark, except for those who are intellectually lazy enough to buy into the relentless propaganda about how Russia threatens their survival due to the fact that Russia exists. All the while local politicians are pillaging the economy and many young people, especially in the Baltic states are emigrating like rats leaving a sinking ship.
Russia has all but given up on meaningful relations with the aforementioned regions of Europe. In the great global divides, Russia has realised something that Europe has yet to do. Things have shifted between ‘east and west’ to ‘north and south’ and it isn’t the first time such a shift has occurred. This is especially true in European history.
In the latter days of the Roman Empire, the great battles were no longer about west versus east, Latin/Hellenic peoples versus Persians. Instead, the battle became one of north and south between the Latinised peoples of southern Europe and the barbarians of Northern Europe.
This shifted by the 11th century as the Christian church split between a Roman Catholic side and an Orthodox Christian side centred round the Greek Patriarchy of Constantinople. The subsequent Mongol invasion of Russian lands and later Turkic invasion of Greek lands, solidified this east-west schism.
However, by the 15th century in Europe, this had once again shifted to a north-south divide. The split in western Christianity between a largely Protestant north and a Roman Catholic south, once again intellectually, politically and spiritually, split Europe along a north-south axis. The so-called ‘scramble for Africa’ in the 19th century revived a north-south divide, as the powers of post-Napoleonic Europe looked to conquer Africa for her immense wealth and resources.
By the 20th century however, a new East-West divide set in, this was made ever more magnified due to the Cold War.
Today, many in America and northern/eastern Europe still see the world as a great East-West divide in which Russia is the logos of the east. Russia however sees things differently. Russia’s great allies are to the south. This includes, China, India, Syria, possibly Egypt, Iran, South Africa and indeed much of the rest of the continent and much of Latin America.
Contrary to the claims by Donald Tusk, Russia has no desire to divide Europe. Europe’s doing a good enough job of that on its own. Russia would prefer unity in Europe because, frankly, most European countries are increasingly insignificant to the wider world; a wider world which of course includes Russia.
But the Nihilism of far too many in Europe would rather fill their lands with weapons to fight a war that no one intends to provoke except them, rather than to accept the fact that Russia is a neighbour and not a threat.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.