- Posted May 17, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Eye on Russia: Opportunity and Influence
"Russophobia" ....the symptoms, a cure!
A Russophobic virus has infected the air... What is it? A tiny example is when an English literature teacher in a good school, explaining how to answer an exam question on Comedy, tells your kid: "Don't worry, simply write, I am Russian, I do not have a sense of humor"! Or the ease with which jokes like "You are Russian, you must know all about corruption," are made! Funny...not really?
"Stereotypes" promoted by the media are now entrenched: "Russian companies are corrupt and are puppets of the state", "minorities are not allowed to speak their languages and males are chauvinist machos" or "The economy survives on pumping gas, while the leadership dreams of conquering half of the world". News from Russia is always bad news. It is hard to blame journalists for reporting what is newsworthy: saying that Russians go to supermarkets and buy the same food as their western counterparts is boring, while writing that Moscow hosts the first ever, all girl mud wrestling competition with stars by the name "Nasha Sasha" is "sexy"?
3) Can Russia do anything right?
Sure, in Russophobes' eyes it should (a) always surrender and apologize, (b) give western companies control over natural reserves because Russians mismanage them anyhow, (c) limit their ambitions to culture and (d) award *Boris Berezovsky (see link below) a medal for democracy-promotion! (some of the humor I promised...lol!). Or all of the above!!
4) What are the effects of Russophobia?
Economically, as BP and Shell found out, it is harder to do business. Politically, it is impossible to conduct a frank dialogue on issues of common concern, as trust has gone out of the relationship between Russia and U.S. In the security field, it has resulted in militarization on both sides, undermining the achievements of disarmament. Finally, polarizing language flourishes. Unlike in the 1990s, the Russian elite reads English-language media, getting from it the idea that "the west is against us". Well, aren't we?
5) Why should we care?
Attitudes matter as Russia is at a crossroads. It can go either towards increased modernization or militarization. It can build pragmatic, but solid relations with the west, or it can indulge in spoiling the international game and setting up anti-western alliances. WE HAVE OPTIONS PEOPLE.... We can communicate with Russia and find compromises, or continue (through NATO) to agitate them, and force them to promote militarization (it's already happening, read news from Russia sometime). We are pushing America back into a cold war, and the Russophobes are the "worker bees"...it's insane, and we have to put a stop to it now.
It is not "Anti-American" to expose the "Russophobic" behavior we witness in our country, or dare I say it...on "ireports", and many other sites in the U.S. It is simply time to use common sense, and realize that the world is changing, perhaps finally for the better. Let's take some time to educate ourselves and stop living like it's we're facing "cold war, and USSR", that Putin wants to bring "Communism" back to Russia...it couldn't be further from the truth! Let's give our "cold war warriors" a nice retirement party, sit them in a nice rocking chair (with a view)...and let's move forward people!! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share my opinions here, God Bless America!!
Russophobia: A Political Pathology by Justin Raimondo
August 18, 2008