People who personally experienced the Russian way of life or studied and understood it know that “making a deal” with Russia may be much better for the US than “making sanctions” against Russia.
To understand why is it so, we have to remember one of the Judeo-Christian fundamental concepts, which is almost lost in the current politically correct thinking, that we the humans are created not as one spiritually homogeneous human herd but rather as many spiritually competing human groups – competing with each other, ideally without killing and humiliating each other. However, the current sanctions against Russia are humiliating to the Russians.
The sanctions are aimed at making an ordinary Russian (both rich and poor) suffer in hope that the ordinary Russians will force their government to surrender to American demands (in regard to Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, Syria, suppression of opposition, etc.) in order to have the US and Europe removing the sanctions. The politically correct idea behind the sanctions is that the Russian people are willing to accept a political surrender of their government to restore the wellbeing of their citizens (“the government loses – the people wins”). However, this idea is wrong – the entire Russian history and the true Russian tradition is the evidence of the wrongness of this idea.
To understand the wrongness of this idea, one has to know one of the crucial differences in spiritual beliefs of the two peoples:
– American people of traditional American-brand Judeo-Christian values believe that the wellbeing of citizens is much more important than the wellbeing of the State represented by the government.
– Russian people of traditional Russian-brand Christian values believe that the wellbeing of the State represented by its government is more important than the wellbeing of the citizens themselves.
Therefore, the Russian majority would treat the surrender of their government as humiliation of the entire country. The restoration of perceived indignation may lead to various military actions that may lead even to WWIII. It looks like the “sanction forces” in the US establishment led by Senator John McCain do not appreciate such Russian mind-set that may lead indeed to a war.
To reduce the probability of a war, the “making a deal” approach looks much better. In this case, America is reaching its goals without humiliating Russia. Two conditions are needed for this approach to be successful. First, our military should be strengthen to the level at which it becomes obvious for Russia a war with the US/NATO will bring a true humiliation to this country. Second, Russia has to have its own domain of strategic and economic influence – maybe shared with the US – to preserve an internal “feeling” of being a great nation and to have a base for improving the economy.
There are many ways for achieving this in a “making a deal” with Russia if a current US pro-Russian-sanction hysteria recedes.
Many influential Jews are trying to reduce the anti-Semitic universe by restricting the anti-Semites through government so-called hate laws and regulations. Is this an effective way to fight the anti-Semitism, or it is just a hopeless attempt to do something without real hope for success? How to fight the anti-Semitism in the Western civilization, which is founded on the Judeo-Christian morals but is not respecting these morals anymore?
From a speech by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks at “The Future of the Jewish Communities in Europe” Conference at The European Parliament:
The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews. That is what I want us to understand today. It was not Jews alone who suffered under Hitler. It was not Jews alone who suffered under Stalin. It is not Jews alone who suffer under ISIS or Al Qaeda or Islamic Jihad. We make a great mistake if we think anti-Semitism is a threat only to Jews. It is a threat, first and foremost, to Europe and to the freedoms it took centuries to achieve.
Anti-Semitism is not about Jews. It is about anti-Semites. It is about people who cannot accept responsibility for their own failures and have instead to blame someone else. Historically, if you were a Christian at the time of the Crusades, or a German after the First World War, and saw that the world had not turned out the way you believed it would, you blamed the Jews. That is what is happening today. And I cannot begin to say how dangerous it is. Not just to Jews but to everyone who values freedom, compassion and humanity.
You are the leaders of Europe. Its future is in your hands. If you do nothing, Jews will leave, European liberty will die, and there will be a moral stain on Europe’s name that all eternity will not erase.
Stop it now while there is still time.
So the European government is urged to stop the European anti-Semitism. That is the government, which is hostile to the traditional Christian moral values. That is the government, which supports – instead of those values – “social justice” and “human rights” values. That is the government, which supports Islamic immigration to Europe – the immigration of people with a morality foreign to the Judeo-Christian morality and anti-Semitic in nature.
Thus, an anti-Judeo-Christian government is asked to defend the Jews whose spiritual ideas are at the foundation of a Judeo-Christian civilization.
Let us assume, just for the sake of argument, that we the Jews are so powerful indeed that we can force any government to do something in defense of the Jews.
How the European government can do it? The government has only one tool for fighting something – to label this something a crime and make this crime punishable by the law. However, the anti-Semitism is a crime only in a politically correct universe where the law is used to punish or restrict political adversaries. In the mind of a typical anti-Semite, the anti-Semitism is a belief in Jewish immorality that destroys the “normal morality” of the majority and robs this majority economically. If the law punishes a typical anti-Semite, this punishment will strengthen his/her belief in the Jewish evilness – those “evil Jews” are so powerful that they are able to do “evil things” even through the government.
There is no way to change a collective belief by punishing the people with this belief. There is only one way to change a belief and this way is to convince the believers that the facts on which their belief is based are wrong. It is obvious, the Jews themselves cannot do it – morally decent Christians – religiously observant or not – can do it.
So, what to do? It looks like a better way for the Jews led by their spiritual leaders may be to work on creating an EU Judeo-Christian spiritual (a sort of priestly) council, which would discuss in open forums the following:
- What is the difference between the Judeo-Christian moral values and the human-rights/social-justice values.
- Why the Western civilization is spiritually and economically better off following the Judeo-Christian morals.
- How the Jews and the Christians can strengthen the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western civilization in their own Jewish and Christian unique ways.
- How to make the fundamentals of Judeo-Christian morality the foundation of any legislative work of a democratically elected government.
- Why anti-Semitism is a spiritual and economic enemy of the Western Judeo-Christian civilization and the people with anti-Semitic beliefs.
It might be an effective way to fight the anti-Semitism – by helping the Christians to restore the Judeo-Christian morality of our government.
From the news media:
The Jerusalem rabbinate has called on hotels in the city not to erect Christmas trees or host New Year’s Eve parties, according to a letter addressed to hotel managers and signed by the two chief rabbis of Jerusalem. The letter stated: “As the secular year ends we want to remind you that erecting a Christmas tree in a hotel contravenes halacha [Jewish law] and that therefore it is clear that one should not erect [a tree] in a hotel.
I am not an expert on Halacha and therefore cannot dispute this verdict of the Jerusalem rabbinate. However, I am an expert on Jewish common sense that tells me the rabbinate is wrong. The Jews should celebrate Christmas but in a completely different way – not as the Christians do.
The Jews should celebrate Christmas not as the birthday of Son of God or as the arrival of the anticipated Messiah.
The Jews should celebrate Christmas not as the missioners or Jews for Jesus are doing – we are not going to give up our God’s mission of the Chosen.
The Jews should celebrate Christmas not as the atheists are doing – we are not betraying Judaism and its unique moral way of life.
The Jews should celebrate Christmas as the Chosen by God with the mission of helping the others, who at the times of Rabbi Joshua who became Jesus Christ in the minds of that time pagans, fulfilling their mission by converting the pagans to the Torah-guided Christians. Because it is forbidden for the Jews to convert to Judaism those who genetically are outside the Jewish tribe, the only way to make the non-Jews to follow the Torah was the creation of another Torah-guided religion.
And Rabbi Joshua, who became Jesus Christ in the minds of that time pagans, had done it, and we the Jews have to be thankful for his efforts to fulfill the Jewish mission of the Chosen.
From a Christian sermon:
Mark 9:5 (NASB) And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Peter calls Jesus “Rabbi” because He was a Jewish Rabbi. Many Christians do not understand this. Have you ever seen the bumper sticker, “My boss is a Jewish Carpenter”? How accurate is that?
Jesus was not a carpenter, but He did work with His father as a stonemason. But what I want us to understand is that Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi. He did not spend His adult life building houses but building kingdom citizens. Jesus functioned in first century Israel as a man who was a Jewish Rabbi. If you want to understand Jesus and His teaching, you need to understand something of the Jewish Rabbis.
If some Christian preachers recognize the historic role of Jesus as a Jewish Rabbi who helped the pagans to be converted to the morality of the Torah and One God, why we the Jews cannot celebrate Christmas precisely for this? We the Jews should celebrate Christmas – not as Christians do but rather in our own unique Jewish way to strengthen our Jewishness as our spiritual foundation in the contemporary Judeo-Christian civilization created with the Torah/Bible morality.
From the news media:
In his annual Christmas message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the common bonds that Jews and Christians share, as well as the thriving Christian community in Israel.
“To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” Netanyahu said in a video message on Thursday from the courtyard of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), one of the world’s largest pro-Israel Christian ministries with branches in over 85 nations and supporters in 160 countries worldwide.
Netanyahu added that he is “proud” of Israel’s relationship with the Christian community and “the bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization.”
The article “Putin the Improviser” in Wall Street Journal is analyzing the attempts to figure out what is the Putin’s strategy in Ukraine – see at
The article describes this in the following way:
“After this week’s devastating military setbacks for the Ukrainian government, Western observers are trying urgently to get inside the head of Vladimir Putin. But the practitioners of this burgeoning cottage industry—call it Putinology—are missing one essential point: Mr. Putin has largely been improvising his way through the current crisis. That means that the Ukraine showdown is even scarier and more dangerous than you think: Mr. Putin is making it up as he goes along.
The Russian leader has routinely experimented with (and quickly jettisoned) any number of concepts, strategies and approaches, all in the name of gaining short-term advantage. Mr. Putin may be living “in another world,” as German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly suggested to President Barack Obama—but in our world, which Mr. Putin is busily remaking, he seems to think that keeping his opponents guessing and off-balance is an end in itself.
In opinion columns and books, the Putinologists have been struggling to explain the thinking of the man who, almost single-handedly, seems to be dragging much of the West into a new Cold War. Like their Kremlinologist forebears, they try to decode Moscow’s intentions through painstaking analyses of the Russian leader’s every public utterance or symbol-laden photo op; they comb through minute aspects of Mr. Putin’s career and private life; they sift for clues in the output of Russia’s sprawling state propaganda apparatus. A lucky few even get invited to come to Russia once a year to sit down over elegant meals with the man himself and other mandarins and courtiers who spin them on how things really look from Moscow.”
That’s true – that is the way how the Punitologists are trying to figure out what are Putin’s intentions.
However, it is difficult, or even almost impossible, to figure out the Putin’s world strategy by analyzing his tactical movements on Ukraine or somewhere else.
It is much easier if the analysis is based on the Russian history and true spiritual aspirations. Read the rest of this entry