I saw this opinion piece in VZGLIAD, penned by Anton Krylov. I place this piece under the category “Friendship of Peoples” even though it is actually about the opposite, about the absence of Friendship, and even the impossibility of Friendship, in certain cases.
The piece concerns a woman named Nikki Haley. Before I get to Krylov, first brief bio, cribbed directly from wikipedia:
Nimrata (“Nikki”) Randhawa was born into a Sikh-American family in 1972. Sikhs are mostly good people, but this little girl was a surprising exception. According to a different wiki page, the name Randhawa comes from the “Jat” clan in the Punjab Region of India and Pakistan. Not to be confused with the “Jet” gang in West Side Story, they were the white teenagers who, surprisingly, had the best song and dance routines.
Anyhow, according to smart Internet People, the surname Randhawa
But even with a great surname like that, Nikki submissively took her husband Michael’s name when she married him in 1996. But that doesn’t mean that Nikki is a pussy-cat, far from it. Skipping ahead a lot of years, to 2017, Nikki became Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Where she has proved to be as bellicose as her clan name suggests; not to mention a fervent proponent of American exceptionalism, as well as the American war machine. Recently Nikki made news, when speaking to students at Duke University by declaring that Russia will “never be America’s friend.” Moscow can try to behave “like a regular country,” but the US will “slap them when we need to,” Haley said. Ouch!
Krylov Thanks Nimrata
Now we switch over to Krylov, what follows is a straight summary/translation of his response to that painful slap in the face:
According to Haley’s statement, directed to a new generation of Americans, the U.S. and Russia can never be friends. This is that rare occurrence, when an American diplomat is speaking the unadulterated truth. The fact is, that in principle, the U.S. has no friends, and cannot have friends.
Appearing before students at Duke University Haley declared that the U.S. and Russia cannot be friends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still work together.
Which recalls that old joke about the Commandant of the Concentration Camp [addressing the prisoners] at the end of the war: “Thank you for your service, you are all free to go.”
Our own [Russian] liberals declare, on a regular basis, that if they were elected into the government of Russia, then they will make friends with America. The term “friendship” was often bandied about at the beginning of the 90’s, when Moscow gave up to Washington literally everything. Well, with the possible exception of the codes to the nuclear rockets (and if they had given those up as well, nobody would have been surprised). The fact is, that the U.S. is not prepared, and never was prepared, to make friends with Russia. Because that nation’s concept of foreign policy does not, in principle, allow for the existence of friends.
America’s so-called “friends” are in fact her vassals. Such as the NATO countries and those striving to be in that bloc. One may listen in on the conversations of one’s subordinates, and they must endure it (like Germany). One may interefere in their internal politics, declaring which candidates are good and which not (like in France). And one can take it even farther — to complete loss of sovereignty, like in the Baltic countries and the Ukraine.
America’s enemies — are all those who refuse to kneel. China, Russia, Iran, Cuba — and so on. And if a country is an enemy, then one may bomb it, like Yugoslavia or Iraq. If it can’t be bombed into submission, then employ sanctions — like Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and now Russia.
There is no “third way” — partnership only applies to economics, and even that might be repealed at any moment, if Washington decides it is no longer useful. The “rules” are in force only as long as they are useful to American politicians.
In a word, America’s behavior on the world scene is a perfect example of the danger and harm of Monopolism. Recall that Russian President Vladimir Putin recently talked about cartels and the harm they do to the Russian economy. In the context of the entire planet we see exactly the same effect: How America’s hegemony harms other nations.
And thus, the U.S. does not want to be friends with Russia. With Russia in principle, not just the current government. Is this a cause for alarm or grief? Of course not. Well, to be sure, one might regret one’s own naivete of a quarter a century ago, when it seemed that, along with the coming down of the “Iron Curtain”, the hostility between Russia and the West was also over with forever,
The fact is, that having an enemy you know is always better than having one you don’t know; and a so-called “partner” who has clearly formulated hostile intentions is better than one who declares eternal friendship thanks you for your help, and then stabs you in the back — like, for example, Bulgaria.
The loss of an illusion can be painful, but is always useful. We must put aside, forever, any notion of “friendship” with the U.S. Thank you, Nikki Haley, we heard you loud and clear. The U.S. will “work with” Russia only when you find it necessary, and will “strike Russia” when you think you need to. And we will conduct ourselves in exactly the same way. So don’t be surprised when we do.