January 21, 2016

The Geopolitics of Putin's Invitation to Jewish Settlement

Timothy Birdnow

Comrad Putin and his Dancing Teeth are playing a strange game indeed. On the one hand, Putin is best buds with Iran, and his geopolitical strategy is to support both Iran and Syria as a way to dominate energy and to give his navy friendly ports on both the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. And while Russia has struggled with Islamic terrorism via Chechen rebels or in Dagestan and others, Putin has supported the very terror masters who help fund and train and promulgate the terrorism that has smote his nation on more than one occasion.

Meanwhile, Muscle Beach Misha has attempted to claim the mantle of a sort of cultural Christian heritage, making himself the St.Michael to Christendom. According to The New American:

"The world has indeed been turned upside down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of global protector of Christianity and morality — to the rejoicing huzzahs of many Christians and conservatives in the West."

[...]

"Well, it is true, is it not, that President Vladimir Putin stands virtually alone among national leaders of the major powers in publicly proclaiming his Christian identity, and in condemning homosexual "marriage” — while leaders of the so-called Christian West have adopted the politically correct line that these unnatural unions are now sacrosanct? And is it not true that Putin and the Russian government have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild hundreds of Russian Orthodox churches destroyed during the militant atheism of the Soviet era? Has he not restored sacred holidays of the Julian Christian calendar? Did he not sign a national law last year outlawing advertisements for abortion? To which we must answer: yes, yes, yes, yes; true, true, true, true.

Additional "facts” can be cited to paint an even more striking image of Putin as pious champion of Christianity: crossing himself and kissing the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary that he presented to Pope Francis during his 2013 visit to the Vatican; numerous appearances with (and blessings and endorsements from) Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian church leaders; signing into law a "ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia” directed at children, while President Obama promotes the LBGT agenda at every level."

End excerpts.

So Putin is playing both sides of the clash of civilizations, defending Christianity and at the same time promoting Islam. But wait! The plot thickens.

Putin is now inviting Jews to resettle in Russia.

According to American Thinker's Thomas Lifson:

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A delegation for the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Tuesday met in the Kremlin with Russian president Vladimir Putin:

Issues raised during the discussion included the rise of anti-Semitism around the world and the threat of global terror, which is frequently aimed at Jewish targets.

"While Jews were once again a prominent target for global terror during 2015, the attacks in Paris, the US, and the mass murder of Russians on an airline in the Sinai show that the terrorists target us all,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said during the meeting.

Photo credit: Kremlin

They received a startling offer:

According to Russian news outlet RT, Putin replied: "Let [the Jews] come to us then," adding that "during the Soviet period they were leaving the country, and now they should return."

Kantor reportedly called Putin's proposal a "new fundamental idea” that the EJC will take up for debate.

Pardon my cynicism, but Russia is currently aligned with Iran, whose leadership wants to wipe Israel off the map. Russia does not have a good history in its treatment of its Jewish population, and not only during the Soviet period. If Europe’s Jews seek a safe haven, Israel welcomes them, even if the United States would not (for people to be granted refugee status in the United States, they need to be subject to official persecution, not just street violence and terrorism).

That said, Putin’s Russia has taken some steps:

At Putin's initiative, the Duma (Russian Parliament) recently passed a law outlawing "distorted and/or extremist" commentary of Scriptures.

The purpose of the unusual law, it is widely understood, is the prevention of cynical advantage being taken of Biblical verses for anti-Semitic purposes.

Putin has long been known to oppose anti-Semitism, and violent attacks against Jews in his country have in fact been on the decline in recent years. He also conducts warm relations with Israel – even as he does the same with Iran.

The new law is not at all in the American tradition of freedom of religion, to say the least. But it may be taken as evidence by some as to Putin’s intentions.

The one thing that must be stated is that unlike Western Europe (and many in the United States), Russia is willing to overtly defend the Western religious tradition.

A delegation for the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Tuesday met in the Kremlin with Russian president Vladimir Putin:

Issues raised during the discussion included the rise of anti-Semitism around the world and the threat of global terror, which is frequently aimed at Jewish targets.

"While Jews were once again a prominent target for global terror during 2015, the attacks in Paris, the US, and the mass murder of Russians on an airline in the Sinai show that the terrorists target us all,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said during the meeting.

Photo credit: Kremlin

They received a startling offer:

According to Russian news outlet RT, Putin replied: "Let [the Jews] come to us then," adding that "during the Soviet period they were leaving the country, and now they should return."

Kantor reportedly called Putin's proposal a "new fundamental idea” that the EJC will take up for debate.


End excerpt.

What is going on here? Putin seems to be the penultimate ecumen, a champion of every religious creed. Is that the case?

Well, first off Judaism is no stranger to the land of Gog and Magog; the Turkic Khasars converted to Judaism (likely to avoid being forced to choose between two hostile religous camps - Islam and Christianity) and the Khazaria at it's peak fuled the north shore of the Black Sea all the way to the Ukrain. According to the Russian Chronicle, describing a visit of Khazar missionaries to Kiev in the year 986

"The Khazar Jews came to the court of Prince Vladimir and said: 'We have heard that Bulgarians (Muslims) and Christians came to teach you their religion... We, however, believe in the one God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Vladimir asked them: 'What kind of law do you have?' They answered: 'We are required to be circumcized, we may not eat pork or hare meat, and we must observe the Sabbath.' And he asked: 'Where is your land?' They answered: 'In Jerusalem.' And again he asked: 'It is really there?' They answered: 'God got angry with our fathers and therefore scattered us all over the world and gave our land to the Christians.' Vladimir asked: 'How is it that you can teach people Jewish law even while God rejected you and scattered you. If God had loved you and your law, you would not be scattered throughout foreign lands. Or do you wish us Rus'ians to suffer the same fate?'" -

And Khazaria was known as an enlightened kingdom. But she allied with the Byzantines to fight the Sassanids and suffered from the crippling economic impact of those wars. Invading Verangian Russians forced them out of Ukraine onto the Steppe, where a series of wars decimated their kingdom (the Byzantines turned against them). They were finally overrun by the Mongols. Kazaria was, by the 12th century, describes as a place of desolation and forlorn.

But some of the people remained, and others fled to different locals. They are in Russia to this very day.

And Russia has always had it's share of immigrant Azkharia Jews.

Now Russia holds one eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and yet her population is small by those standards. With 142,423,773 (July 2015 est.) people, most of whom are located in the western (European) portion, the Russians are in danger of being overtaken by Chinese or other powerful countries. In fact, Russia has had a serious problem with illegal Chinese immigration, a purposeful plan by the Chicoms to settle Siberia and simply take it away from their old enemy. The Russians pretty desperately need people to settle on their sparsely inhabited territory.

And at the same time they need educated, smart people, not laborers.

In the movie "The Right Stuff" a comment is made about the Space Race with the Russians "our Jews are better than their Jews" meaning we got the smarter German scientists after the war, largely because Jews fled Nazi Germany to the west, rather than to anti-Semitic Russia. The result? We moved steadily ahead of the Soviet Union in terms of technology.

Now, we won these battles because our system of free enterprise is superior to Soviet Socialism, but a man like Putin would refuse to see that; he was a Communist, and there is no reason to believe he isn't one now. Oh, the way the Bolsheviks did things doesn't suit him; he is following the maxim "first Brown then Red" which many Marxists in the West argued when Nazism reared it's evil head. Putin is the boss of a Fascist economy, one where a few top crony types own most of the wealth and the government calls the shots. This is precisely what a Communist in fallen Russia would adopt.

And it seems likely Putin would not believe that the failure of the U.S.S.R. was tied to her system. I suspect he believes the U.S. won the Cold War because "our Jews are better than theirs". Had only Stalin gotten the better Jews...

So Putin is offering a safe haven for the Children of Israel.

I suspect there is more to it than history and demographics. Yes, Russia has stabilized her population, which had been dropping precipitously. But she is still in peril, and Putin knows it. He needs more people, bot fewer. But he has another problem.

The Muslims worldwide hate Israel, absolutely despise it. They all hold to the notion that where Islam has set foot it shall never be removed, and Israel is the ultimate "Crusader Kingdom", a land where the Muslim does not rule but rather must obey laws made by infidels. This is intolerable, and Israel must be destroyed. The Muslim world will never stop seeking that destruction. The old Soviet Union was allied with Islam against America and her "little Satan" Israel, and Putin cannot walk away from that alliance, as he needs it for his geopolitical strategy. So, he needs to straddle a fence here, and the best way to do it is to suggest that israel pull up stakes and settle in Russia! They have plenty of empty land, and they even were once a Jewish kingdom.

Granted, the Zionist Jews won't come, and when they are wiped from the face of the Earth with an Iranian nuke, so be it! The Muslims will be placated. In the meantime Russia can increase her population and obtain some very smart, very ambitious, hard working people.

Essentially he's employing the strategy of triangulation, befriending Christians, Jews, and Muslims at the same time. What he understands is that Europe is about to be swallowed by the Islamic tide, and he has to swell his non-Islamic population, even whle supporting the Muslims. This is a very dangerous game, one the Russian People may sorrow over in years to come.

It was just this sort of balancing act that led to World War I and the horrors of the 20th Century.

Let us pray Putin does not succeed.

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