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What Is the Basis for Western Hatred of Russia?

Posted on the 07 August 2014 by Calvinthedog

Instead of Western or Anglo-Zionist hatred for Russia, really it is more the Anglosphere’s hatred for Russia. The Anglosphere is the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They all close allies, and whatever one does, the others quickly follow.

I do not agree with the term Anglo-Zionist to describe the Western enemies of the Russian people. Russian-Israeli relations are quite good.

Much of this is the traditional geopolitical animosity of sea powers for any large land power. The British acquired their permanent case of Russophobia shortly after the end of the Napoleonic War when the Russian Empire became the most powerful land power with the downfall of France.

From the beginning of the American republic, Russia was a distant but friendly power. US and Russian interests conflicted nowhere. During the US Civil War, Russia was the only European great power to diplomatically support the Union.

This changed in the 1880’s. Once the US completed its continental expansion, the US government decided to look abroad, at a global role, and began building a steel navy to replace the rotting wooden navy built for the Civil War. Russia was identified as a possible source of opposition to this process, especially as some in the US looked upon Manchuria, then a Russian sphere of influence, as the next “Wild West” for the US.

Writing in 1900, Alfred Thayer Mahan, the sea power guru, proposed an alliance between the US, the British Empire, the German Empire, and the Japanese Empire against Russia, to contain Russia until she collapsed.

That alliance (really the British and the Russians minus the defeated Axis Powers) has existed since the late 1940’s down to this very day, with precisely that objective.

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