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One of the criteria for a correct, scientific understanding of the processes taking place in the world is the accuracy of the terminology that reflects the content of a particular subject, phenomenon. At the same time, images are important. If images also adequately reflect reality, they help in forming a true picture of the world, and sometimes they are even more accurate than scientific terms.

One of these images was the definition of the modern West, given by the famous Soviet philosopher Alexander Alexandrovich Zinoviev. The fate of A. A. Zinoviev is extremely interesting. The author of the sensational “Yawning Heights” and “Communism as Reality”, he was expelled for these books (and other dissident activities) from the USSR. However, life in the West led to a radical change in his position. His book “The West” became one of the most important scientific studies of many essential aspects of the essence of the Western phenomenon in Russian literature. At the same time, A. A. Zinoviev perfectly combined strictly scientific methods and conclusions with vivid images, which at the same time absolutely accuratereflecting the essence of very complex objects and phenomena.

In 2006, my book was published about the trial against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the Hague Tribunal (Mezyaev A.B. The trial against Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague Tribunal: a record from the courtroom / Alexander Mezyaev; foreword Alexandra Zinoviev. – Kazan, 2006). The preface to the book was written by Alexander Alexandrovich Zinoviev. In this preface, he gave a formulation that is worth recalling right now.

Speaking about the collective West, A. Zinoviev called this international totality “world wickedness“. At first glance, the term is emotional and hardly fair in relation to the entire West, in all its integrity and in all its manifestations. However, this is only at first glance…

In his text, A.A. Zinoviev convincingly proves that the term is not emotional, but absolutely accurate. Here is a short quote from Zinoviev:

The history of mankind is rich in rascalities of all kinds. Representatives of the generations who were witnesses and victims of the grandiose atrocities perpetrated by the leaders of Nazi Germany are still alive. But it seems that all records in this regard have begun to be broken by the leaders of the United States and the NATO countries subject to them. A typical example of this is the aggression of the United States and NATO countries in Yugoslavia, the kidnapping of its former president Slobodan Milosevic and the organization of his trial in the Hague Tribunal. Not to mention the fact that the very kidnapping of Milosevic was a bandit operation, this tribunal itself and everything related to its activities was and continues to be a flagrant violation of recognized legal and moral norms. This is quite clearly and convincingly shown in the book by A.B. Mezyaev, offered to the attention of the reader. Particular attention in the book is paid to one aspect of the process under consideration, which was not planned by the organizers of the operation, turned out to be unexpected and undesirable for them. It threatens to develop into a phenomenon of great historical significance, discrediting the entire process of Americanization of the planet. This aspect is the personality of the most accused Slobodan Milosevic. […] In conditions when even entire countries and peoples capitulate before impudent, cynical, violating the norms of morality and law, one can say – scoundrel Americanization, Slobodan Milosevic creates a precedent of personal resistance to world villainy, and a precedent of a huge scale. …

Recent years have shown how right A. A. Zinoviev was when he defined the West as “scoundrel.” If Hitler spoke of “living space” and the need to destroy the “inferior races” franklythen the modern West, destroyed millions of people under the flags of the best ideals. The colors of these flags ranged from “white man’s burden” to “ensure freedom and democracy.”

The essence of Western villainy has become a conscious distortion of the higher meanings that make up the essence of a person as a thinking subject (in secular consciousness) or as a Creation of God (in religious consciousness). This total mental war [не]declared to mankind is the most important component of today’s “hybrid” war.

The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 for the sake of “democracy” is a manifestation of precisely scoundrels. A rascal that is not associated with individual rascals. The wickedness of the conscious, flaunting his wickedness. Hence the name of the NATO operation – “merciful angel“…

In 2018, speaking to university students in Belgrade, NATO Secretary General J. Stoltenberg, looking into the eyes of those whose parents were bombed by the aircraft of this military bloc, said that this was done for their own good. In 1999, J. Solana was the Secretary General, and in 2018 another person spoke to Serbian students. And the point is not that one scoundrel replaced another, but that scoundrel as a system reproduces scoundrels.

World villainy tends not only to reproduce itself, but also to be institutionalized. NATO’s 1999 aggression against Yugoslavia was a villainy because it declared the victim to be the perpetrator and the perpetrator to be the savior. The creation of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was an attempt to legalize this perversion of the truth. The 2022 NATO aggression against Libya was a villainy of the same kind: for a legal (sacred for the Western type of thinking) to consolidate the perversion of the truth, a new tribunal – the International Criminal Court – issues a warrant for the arrest of M. Gaddafi.

To understand the essence of the events taking place today on the territory of Ukraine, we need both precise scientific terms and precise images. Russia has found itself today face to face with world villainy. Not with partners, not with opponents, not even with enemies, because an enemy can be worthy. Today we are faced with wickedness.

This awareness does not mean that we can despise the West or allow ourselves to underestimate it. Rather the opposite. The accuracy of Zinoviev’s image is exceptionally important in relation to certain “guarantees of security” about which there has been so much talk of late. The rascals cannot give any guarantee. Hence the objective nature of all the events that followed February 24, 2022.

Cover photo: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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