Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Putin Needs Enemies and His Latest are ‘Falsifiers’ of Soviet Role in World War II, Eidman Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, January 19 – The Putin regime over the course of its 20 years in power has demonstrated that “it cannot exist without the image of an enemy,” Igor Eidman says. When he first came to power, his preferred “enemies” were “Chechen terrorists.” But soon and remarkably quickly whenever his rating began to sag he added others to the list.

            Among these were the Balts, the Georgians, the Turks, “the Banderites,” and the Islamists, and always in the background the Americans and to a lesser extent the Europeans, the Russian sociologist who lives in Germany says (mnews.world/ru/falsifikatory-istorii-kak-novye-vejsmanisty-morganisty/).

            “Happily,” Eidman continues, Putin’s search has landed “not on a new reality” but rather on the world war of 75 years ago. The Kremlin leader doesn’t have a target he wants to unleash his military power against just now, but he and his regime very much want to ensure that “the pitch of patriotic hysteria” remains high.

            “In such cases,” he says, “Russian propaganda traditionally behaves like a difficult youth” who having faced a problem swears and says “’They are beating us!’” And using this as a model, Putin as come up with the latest enemy – “’the falsifies of history’ which are trying to ‘denigrate our grandfathers and fathers.’”

            Geographically, this “enemy” is situated in the West “and above all in Poland.” After all, “Polonophobia is traditional in Russia.” and “the Russian dictator is using the most primitive tribal traditions: Earlier, it was ’they are beating us!’ but now the message is ‘they’re insulting our fathers and grandfathers.’”  And Russians therefore have to unite around the leader!

            To be effective, propaganda must be primitive and it must work on the subconsciousness of individuals and “the collective unconsciousness.” That is exactly what this selection of an enemy allows; and one can be certain that in the coming months, this enemy will be decried just as the Weismannists and Morganists were in late Soviet times.

             “Putin has already declared that the main event of the year will be the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory. This will be a genuinely religious holiday.” And there is particular reason to think that, Eidman says, because “Russia is becoming an ever more ideological country” with its own utopia, not selected from the future but from the past. “The utopia of the Great Victory.”

            Anyone who questions this will be condemned and ostracized, cast into the ranks of the hated “falsifiers;” and that will only add to the religious ecstasy that those who participate in this bacchanalia of hatred will feel toward those who they are told think differently than they are supposed to think themselves.

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