Sounds as if the USA & the UN could take some lessons from Russia!
As Winston Churchill once suggested Russia is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. On the one hand a severe return to traditional moral values is being impressed upon society and on the other totalitarian regulation is being enforced. The Russian people have never had a love for personal liberty and have always embraced a government of regulation. They don't really want freedom, they just want a reasonably efficient bureaucracy. So do Americans, apparently.
Vladimir Putin appears to be the engineer of this transformation, but he is not without supporters even among the general population. Many long for the return of the soviets and some even wish for the return of Stalinism, albeit in a pasteurized form.
In all the changes in all the world watch for changes in culture. Culture is the model, not the economy.
It seems that every commentary and every political move in every nation is focused upon the economy; local economy, national economy & global economy. But the culture drives the economy and the economy in turn drives the culture. It's a catch 22. But what starts the cultural ball rolling and what determines its direction? Leadership will do that. Religious leadership. Strong political leadership. In the absence of the strong influence of the church, which has disappeared like smoke in the wind, there is no influence except that of self-serving politics and the international financial cartel.
Without knowing or really understanding the direction Putin & company have chosen for the Russian people, the rest of the world can watch. What do we see? The Russian military capacity has been rebuilt and is growing in new technical directions - the more to oppose American technical expertise on the battlefield. Russia has felt itself threatened by the rapid expansionism of Islam, but has been trying to moderate the effect. Will they succeed?
Putin seems to be trying the tactic of reinforcing traditional Russian cultural values so as to rebuild the military industrial complex and to use the same cultural values to defend the country from Muslim culture - specifically Sharia law. He appears to be holding his ground.
America, on the other hand, is concerned about little more of cultural value than the opportunity to swill gallons of beer while watching as many ball games as humanly possible. Sexual aberrations and extremes of hedonism are acceptable in the west, but not
everywhere else. Watch the culture!
Culture is the pivot of history and every culture on the planet is in violent play as of this writing. Putin is investing in traditional Russian culture, which excludes homosexuals and to a greater extent the Muslim influence.
but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...
Edited by rjp34652, 10 February 2013 - 09:39 AM.