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Prioritizing Foreign Agenda Is Mistake for Russia (Op-Ed)

Judging by the calm of state-controlled television, Russia is essentially focused on its unfamiliar agenda. In fact, Russia does not seem to even have a domestic agenda — that is, other than occasional reports that Duma deputies have found something else to prohibit.

But of course Moscow does has a foreign agenda. After all, leaders use their description of the outward universe to show that Russia’s “besieged fortress” is surrounded by enemies and that the rest of the universe is deeply troubled. Every day brings another disaster: serious continue conditions, wars, and now refugees who will shortly spin Europe into a dirty and barbarian “caliphate.”

Of course, the refugee story came along at a good time for Moscow leaders. The Russian people were already removing fed adult with Ukraine and only the occasional domestic speak uncover guest would dutifully impute to the “junta in Kiev.”

Meanwhile, radio images display throngs of “barbarians” melancholy European values began appearing usually as Russia hold elections in approximately dual dozen regions.

In some countries that competence have sparked larger discuss on the domestic agenda, though not in Russia: here, usually a smattering of online media outlets discussed the fact that many informal budgets are on the verge of bankruptcy.

Not usually the “party of power,” though also the non-systemic antithesis parties seemed to have gotten by these elections though building awake platforms or even creation most bid to campaign creatively.

The over-simplification of the domestic discuss and, as a result, the campaigning process, has led to a serve decrease in voter turnout — in some regions totaling usually a little some-more than 20 percent of the authorised population.

This calls to mind the traditional interpretation that Russia has simply transposed the domestic bulletin with the unfamiliar agenda. In order to distract the people from the hardships of the mercantile crisis, leaders engage the country in one unfamiliar “adventure” after another. And they have been remarkably successful: not a word of popular gainsay is audible, notwithstanding the sharp decrease in the economy and standard of living.

Meanwhile, the authorities say a bold unfamiliar agenda. Russian leaders are perplexing their palm at shaping universe events — and how that bid will finish stays capricious at best.

Start with the fact that Russia did not get concerned in Ukraine for no reason.

It was unavoidable since the regime that came to power in Kiev was focussed on building a new state temperament formed mostly on confrontation with Russia, and also since of Moscow’s misled policies and the West’s enterprise to play “tug of war” over Ukraine.

However, as it turns out in light of new circumstances, Ukraine is not the only exam of the European Union’s viability. Having hardly upheld the “Greece test,” the EU now faces an “invasion of barbarians,” and it stays misleading how European institutions and the open as a whole will cope with this challenge.

The refugee problem is not a fictional bulletin item. One out of every 10-12 residents of the building universe is a potential refugee — definition tens of millions of people.

That problem is usually one phenomenon of the tellurian mercantile predicament that is usually exacerbated by the widely anomalous levels of development between the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres.

The world is also undergoing a crisis in global politics. Observers can giggle as most as they wish at the thought of “universal tellurian values” and former Soviet personality Mikhail Gorbachev’s genuine judgment of “new domestic thinking,” though there is no arguing with the fact that the world “took the wrong path” when it left the Cold War behind.

Now we are headed together in the wrong direction, when it would have been probable to avoid the Ukrainian predicament if we had usually taken a different path.

As a recent fun points out, a few years ago Israel was the only Middle Eastern nation at war. Today it is one of the calmest. The group of permanently warring countries in the segment now stretches from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the easterly to Libya in the west — and threatens to expand even serve westward.

The next stop competence turn Russia’s “soft underbelly” — Central Asia — as the current era of post-Soviet, secular, peremptory rulers loses power. The first signs of that trend seem to be appearing now in Tajikistan.

Although it has been pronounced before, belligerent Islamism was innate during the Soviet advance of Afghanistan and it threw down a challenge to all of Christian civilization on Sept. 11, 2001. Had that civilization — that includes both Russia and the United States — banded together then, it could have separated that hazard forever. However, such team-work never took place.

Having “gotten the country adult off the knees” in the early 2000s, the Russian statute bureaucracy could not dispute the temptation of indulging in a large sip of anti-Western and anti-U.S. rhetoric.

For its part, the West excelled at applying double and even triple standards in its family with other countries.

And that is the logic of the complicated world. Gross domestic product is everything: The strong and wealthy states take small seductiveness in the diseased and poorer countries. However, that opinion competence eventually lead to a “rebellion of the marginalized.”

That is already function in the larger Middle East region. Libya lies in ruins and Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen, that is itself relying on the insurance of the Egyptian army.

Of Jordan’s 4 million citizens, 1 million are now refugees. Hezbollah now runs the once-prosperous nation of Lebanon. Iraq has damaged adult into three tools that mostly follow the boundaries of the former provinces of the Ottoman Empire from which the country was creatively cobbled together roughly a century ago.

The superpower states were twice proven unqualified of subduing Afghanistan.

After U.S. army repel from that nation subsequent year, possibly the Taliban — the lesser of two evils — will take control, or else the Islamic State will reign.

And as for the latter scenario, army from a bloc of 60 states have been bombing the Islamic State for months, and yet the organization continues to seize ever some-more territory.

It appears that Russia’s unfamiliar bulletin will continue to eclipse the domestic agenda. And while Moscow competence conduct to relieve some domestic tragedy by “orchestrating” the unfamiliar agenda — frozen the conflict in Ukraine and “exchanging” it for the dispute in Syria — new knowledge shows that universe events have a way of spiraling out of everyone’s control.

When this or that nation sets out to achieve “controlled chaos,” the inevitable outcome is ubiquitous chaos.

Georgy Bovt is a political analyst.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/535897.html