In a recent op-ed for Czech online newspaper Nova Republika, Slovak-Ukrainian politician, writer and political analyst Sergei Chelemendik suggested that it's time for Russia to stop playing the game of geopolitics according to the rules established by the West.
The writer began his piece by noting that:
“Today there is an elementary truth that is being ignored by philosophers in both Russia and Europe: that history gains a new impetus for development when one of its participants puts forth new rules of the [geopolitical] game, forces the rest to play according to these rules, and begins to emerge victorious, using these rules.”
Looking to history for examples, Chelemendik recalled that:
“This is how all the great conquerors and empires acted, long before the globalists and neoconservatives and even before Genghis Khan.”
“And if we are talking about Russian history, we can remember how Peter the Great changed the rules of the game in Europe, making Russia into a new actor in international politics by creating a fleet and a powerful regular army, defeating the previously invincible King of Sweden, and forming the foundations of Russia as a new empire.
After that, Russia defeated Napoleon, and once again set up its own rules for Europe, remembered in history as the Holy Alliance" between the imperial powers of Russia, Prussia and Austria.
Following the Russian Revolution and the world wars, the Soviet empire was born, which once again dictated its own set of rules to the world.
These had different names the Warsaw Pact, the international communist movement, the People's Democracies, the struggle against imperialism, but they were all rules that the USSR brought to the world, and the world was forced to at least in some measure play by them.”
Playing by Someone Else's Rules
Chelemendik noted that:
“After the collapse of the USSR, Russia for a quarter century now has played by rules which were imposed on it from outside and logically, has lost out as a result.
One cannot win a game of cards with a heavily armed gang of swindlers who have only aces in their deck, and all our arguments that the deck should have only four aces fall on deaf ears...
Today we have witnessed the last attempts by Russia to act in Europe according to someone else's rules, which we can conditionally call liberal parliamentary democracy, globalism, and a secret world oligarchy.
Russia cannot win at such a game.”
Recalling ‘some commonly-known facts,’ Chelemendik explained that: