In early 2014, Russia had yet to commence its anti-terrorism operation in Syria, but Moscow heeded the wishes of Crimean Russians who sought democratic re-unification with the Russian Federation. Just three years after then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sold Russia’s longtime Libyan ally down the river by failing to veto the western UN Security Council Resolution 1973 authorising the barbaric war against Libya, the Russia of 2014 was beginning to realise that the western powers were not merely adversaries, but open enemies of Russia and the Russian people in both word and deed.
This week’s announcement that the US is ‘ruling-in’ the use of tactical nuclear weapons during otherwise conventional warfare, has been widely condemned by a variety of nations, including America’s current ally Japan, whose civilians were devastated by the dropping of two US atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Russia which has been specifically mentioned in the pro-nuke US policy document has condemned Washington’s new posture in the following way:
“The content of the new nuclear doctrine (the so-called Nuclear Posture Review) released by the United States on February 2 has provoked our deep disappointment. The confrontational and anti-Russian nature of this document strikes the eye. We can state with regret that the United States explains its policies for a large-scale boost of nuclear weapons by referring to the modernisation of the nuclear forces in Russia and alleged increasing role of nuclear weapons in the Russian doctrine statements. We are accused of lowering the nuclear threshold and of conducting some ‘aggressive behaviour.
All of these [accusations] has nothing to do with the real situation. The military doctrine of the Russian Federation clearly limits the use of nuclear weapons to two hypothetical and purely defensive scenarios: only in response to aggression with the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction against Russia and (or) our allies, and also — the second scenario — in case of use of conventional weapons, but only when the very existence of our state is threatened”.
Russia’s condemnation is entirely justified and materially correct. However, when it comes to the United States, recent history has made it abundantly clear that a nation willing and able to threaten the use of force against the rest of the world, will only respond to force in the form of proportional statements, backed up by the possibility of real military action, retaliation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has clearly stated that after watching how the US destroyed Iraq and Libya, it was only natural for Pyongyang to want its own full scale nuclear deterrent to prevent the US from destroyed North Korea as it did in the 1950s, let alone how the US destroyed Iraq and Libya in the 21st century. If the US continues to provoke Iran in spite of the 2015 JPCOA (nuclear agreement), Iran would be justified in taking the same defensive measures as the DPRK.
As a fellow superpower with a larger nuclear arsenal than the United Sates, Russia must make it clear that it will respond proportionally to any and all threats made by Washington. Russia must openly discuss its willingness to use its own tactical nuclear weapons and other state of the art weapons systems in order to force the United States to think twice about its own provocations and to challenge the disgusting myth of American invincibility. While Russia is right to stand on the side of peace, Russia must not allow the US to monopolise the doctrine of peace through strength. If provoked, Russia should make it clear that it has the ability to make the US regret every threatening gesture from the NATO side.
Years before the current US nuclear policy document was released, the leader of the Russian opposition party LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that Russia should be relentless in stating its position to the US from the perspective of peace through strength.
In a speech filled with crucial historical references, Zhirinovsky stated that as a Eurasian power, Russia must look to form alliances to the south and the east–in Asia and the wider Islamic world, while at the same time, demonstrating to the US that Russian weapons are incredibly powerful and that consequently, the Russian state and Russian people must not be provoked by a bullying United States.
Now that the pseudo-diplomatic mask of Obama has slipped and America’s full provocative brutality is being touted publicly by Washington, Russia must revisit Zhirinovsky’s remarks from 2014, which not only predicted Russia’s turn towards East Asia and the Islamic world, but which also foresaw the full extent of the contemporary US threat to Russia and how Russia must respond.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky is currently running for President of the Russian Federation. Elections will be held in March of this year.