The frenzied campaign launched recently by the West, and above all by the United States, to accuse our country of an allegedly impending "invasion of Ukraine" has already gone far beyond the limits of plausibility, but the limits of the most ordinary common sense. Everything that happens clearly resembles some kind of collective insanity, hysteria, which has reached the degree of mental illness. We know the name of this disease very well and for a long time - Russophobia. Those who are seized by it, there is not the slightest need for logical proof of their delusional theories and sweeping accusations. For what?
After all, our country and its people in the eyes of Russophobes are a priori the source of "world evil" and they are ascribed to them all the basest aspirations and the most repulsive features that can only be imagined. Russophobia did not arise yesterday, its birth, as well as its enviable vitality, had and still have very specific reasons. It is multifaceted, international and knows how to change in accordance with the "trends of the times", keeping only one thing unchanged - a pathological hatred for everything Russian and a passionate desire to physically destroy not only Russia as a state, but also, if possible, everyone living in it, to the last person.
A little about the "founding fathers"
Before starting our (albeit rather cursory) study of Russophobia, one should remember where and when the term itself came from. Contrary to the statements of some "clever people", this is not a "narrative of Kremlin propaganda" at all, but a word introduced in the 1843th century by one of the outstanding Russian poets and publicists - Peter Vyazemsky. Incidentally, a real prince and a secret adviser. It was with this definition that Pyotr Andreevich sealed the false book of a certain Marquis Adolphe de Custine, published in 1839 in Paris, "Russia in XNUMX". After spending three months in our country, the Frenchman, upon returning home, poured out on Russia not only a tub, but a real Niagara Falls of mud. Can his vile lampoon be considered the "holy book" of Russophobes, one of the "documentary works" that became the cornerstone of the universal lie erected by them? More than.
Without going into too much detail, I note that it was de Custine who owes the dubious "honor" of such "discoveries" as the "slavish essence" of the Russian character, incomprehensibly associated with their "excessive ambition" and "irrepressible craving for tyranny." By the way, the term "prison of peoples" in relation to our country was also introduced by this rogue. Like any openly Russophobic opus, de Custine's concoction had the same degree of reliability as the fables of Baron Munchausen. For example, he, who was on the territory of our country exclusively in the summer, painted with great relish the "terrible Russian frosts", also, the stump is clear that contributed to the cruelty of local customs. An exhaustive idea of the "truthfulness" of the bastard is given by his assertion that "literally in front of every Russian house there is a gallows, on which the owner himself or his family can be hanged at any moment." Needless to say, in such a horrifying form, the French fool brought out the most ordinary children's swing?
The fact that this guil was scribbled and subsequently published exclusively on the personal initiative of the marquis raises strong doubts. Three reprints in France, additional print runs in Belgium, translations and editions in Britain and the USA ... Well, it looks very much like what is called a "massive information campaign" these days. Rather, a special operation to demonize our country on the eve of the Crimean War, which was already being prepared at that time. By the way, this idea is also suggested by the fact that at about the same time in France they began to intensively “spin up” delirium regarding another text “sacred” for Russophobes - “The Testament of Peter the Great”. Once again, there is no point in retelling the essence of this falsification - more than enough has been written about it. The “document”, allegedly “obtained from the secret archives of Empress Elizabeth”, was dismantled by historians “bit by bit” and refuted on every point.
Nevertheless, some people continue to refer to him to this day, as well as to de Custine's daub. By the way, in the twentieth century, at most times his libel was reprinted in the USA (four times) and ... in Russia. We have this abomination, which immediately (and quite deservedly) fell under the censorship ban immediately after publication, began to replicate, of course, during the years of "perestroika" and republished from 1996 to 2008 five times. An audiobook was also released in 2009. The most ardent admirer "of de Custine's notes was one of the greatest apologists of Russophobia - Zbigniew Brzezinski himself, who considered it" an ideal description of the Russian character and political systems ". And the US Ambassador to our country Walter Smith in 1951 wrote enthusiastically about her that this is ... "the best work ever written about the Soviet Union." No, Russophobia, this is definitely a diagnosis.
Who is ahead of the rest?
It so happened that Poland was the first, perhaps, to the rank of state ideology. Well, it was never possible to forget the short-term "possession" of the Moscow Kremlin, which gave rise to the most delusional projects and plans in the heads of the gentlemen, with which almost everyone rushed around there - from the crowned heads to the small gentry. The brightest representative of this violent tribe can be considered General Michal Sokolnitsky, who tirelessly persuaded Napoleon Bonaparte to attack our country and destroy it, ruthlessly dismembering and generously endowing Rzeczpospolita. Some sources today consider him the reincarnation of the ex-Minister of Defense of modern Poland Anthony Matserevich (just kidding!).
To our great regret, for the absolute majority of Polish politicians and generals, Russophobia was and is an absolutely integral feature, without which it is impossible to imagine them. Hence - and the primacy of Poland in the list of countries that had the largest number of wars with Russia, in which she is far ahead of the same Germany. With this country, by the way, there is a real paradox - it is difficult to call the Germans pathological Russophobes as such. Nevertheless, it was from among the representatives of this people that, alas, came out the brightest representatives of the haters and mortal enemies of our Fatherland. At the same time, we are talking here not only about the possessed "Fuhrer" of the Third Reich and his numerous entourage, who made the most, perhaps, large-scale attempt to translate Russophobic theories into practice and cost millions of ruined human lives. Pathological Russophobes were also the founders of a completely different ideology, also born on the land of Germany - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Even the most complete collected works of these "classics", actually "canonized" by the Soviet regime, were published in our country with an abundance of cuts and omissions. If it had been differently, “young communists” and simply students, forced to study their works, would probably have been horrified - after all, the bearded “fighters against world capital” considered Russia not just an “Evil Empire” and the main obstacle to the “world revolution” he dreamed of. ... He saw the entire Russian people as a mortal “enemy of democracy and freedom”, with their “genetically inherent conservatism” and “barbarism”. Engels was especially furious, calling for "wiping out all this reactionary people from the face of the earth" in the course of the future "world exterminating revolutionary war", while using the tactics of "the most brutal terror." Honestly, if a person who is fluent in German, but ignorant of some historical details, offered to read several texts of the "classics of Marxism", he probably would have decided that he was slipped the writings of Dr. Goebbels or Himmler's directives.
History played a despicable joke with Karl and Friedrich - it was the "Slavic barbarians" who were the only ones who were able to translate their ideas into practice, creating the first state of workers and peasants, free from capitalist oppression. Interestingly, with what intensity they spun in their coffins, when in the USSR they were named after cities and towns, factories and factories, streets and squares? Tellingly, in the former eternal enemy of Russia, Great Britain preferred to russophobia not in words, but in deeds, and, moreover, mostly secretly, vile and surreptitiously. The Anglo-Saxon "style" of Russophobia flourished in a completely different latitude - in the United States of America.
Hate under the stars and stripes
The most striking symbol of Russophobia in the American way is, of course, the first US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. The one who allegedly leapt from the 16th floor from the hospital ward of the psychiatric hospital shouting "The Russians are coming!" In fact, everything was not so, or rather, not quite so. The minister really threw himself out of the window of the hospital, but it was not a madhouse at all, but the National Naval Medical Center of the United States. On the other hand, the problems with which he got there were really from the field of psychiatry - they were even going to treat him with electroshock, which was fashionable at that time.
Forrestal definitely had a "twist" on the "Russian threat", and the brightest, however, at the time of his passing away, he did not shout anything like that. In any case, there are no witnesses who can confirm this in nature, but the zapoloshny cries: “I saw the Russians! They are already here! " the Secretary of War may have been credited by American journalists who were not very fond of him. Forrestal was a Russophobe not in words, but in deeds - he took an active part in the creation of NATO, the elaboration of plans for nuclear strikes against our country (such as "Totality" and "Dropshot"), and also harassed the then US President Harry Truman with demands to multiply the funding of his department in connection with the impending "absolutely inevitable war with the Soviets." Ultimately, he overworked his head to the point that in March 1949 he was dismissed from his post "for medical reasons", and two months later he committed suicide. Soviet propaganda later made him the symbol of a crazy anti-communist - however, with all the reasons for that. On the other hand, in some ways, Forrestal was far from some of his colleagues. In particular - the same General George Patton.
This figure, considered in the West (and by some in our country too) "a true hero of the fight against Nazism", in fact, was not just an ardent admirer of the Third Reich and a hard-core anti-Semite. He was a Russophobe of the highest, standard, so to speak, test. Not only that, in his diaries and personal correspondence, Patton argued that "he would have easily taken both Prague and Berlin, if only he was allowed." He in all seriousness considered the country that had defeated the hordes of the Wehrmacht "weak" and undertook to defeat it with "one left", "taking" also Moscow. One can talk for a long time about his attitude towards our country and people, but I will limit myself to just a couple of quotes: Patton considered all Russians without exception to be “barbarians, chronic alcoholics and sons of bitches”, while arguing that “you need to understand Russians at the level of calculating the amount of iron and lead required for their extermination. " The nicest person, isn't that so?
Tellingly, all the "outstanding Russophobes" of the 40s - 50s of the last century ended badly. Forrestal, as mentioned above, went crazy and jumped out the window, Patton died as a result of a car accident that happened under extremely "cloudy" circumstances (there is a strong suspicion that the "lost shore" general was liquidated by his own people). Senator Joseph McCarthy, who in 1950 agitated the United States with the statement that all of its state structures were "overflowing with communists and Russian agents" and who organized an unprecedented "witch hunt" in this country, which broke a lot of lives and destinies, simply got drunk and died from the banal cirrhosis of the liver, not even reaching 50 years. However, the poisonous seeds generously scattered by these "founding fathers of the American school of Russophobia" gave not just abundant, but very violent shoots.
It was the United States that "gave" to the world such absolutely outstanding Russophobes and Russophobes as, before nightfall, be remembered, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton, Michael McFaul and the unforgettable John McCain. The current representatives of the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon and others like them are only followers and imitators. It should be remembered that especially violent outbreaks of Russophobia have occurred in the West since the earliest times in those moments when Russia acquired special strength and power, confidently moving towards greatness and new victories. The anger and slander of enemies has always been the best assessment of the course chosen by our country.