Vladimir Putin, “50 years ago Leningrad streets taught me one lesson. If the fight is inevitable, be the first to hit.”
Mikhail Lesin, a prominent Russian millionaire with high-level ties to the Kremlin has been found dead inside a Washington hotel.
The authorities in countries that seemed to have always appealed to such values as freedom of speech and the free dissemination of information – something we have heard about so often in the past – are now trying to prevent the spreading of objective information and any opinion that differs from their own; they declare it hostile propaganda that needs to be combatted, clearly using undemocratic means.
Colleagues, we must be realistic: military power is, of course, and will remain for a long time still an instrument of international politics. Good or bad, this is a fact of life. The question is, will it be used only when all other means have been exhausted? When we have to resist common threats, like, for instance, terrorism, and will it be used in compliance with the known rules laid down in international law. Or will we use force on any pretext, even just to remind the world who is boss here, without giving a thought about the legitimacy of the use of force and its consequences, without solving problems, but only multiplying them.
I want to remind you that throughout its history, the Middle East has often been an arena for clashes between various empires and powers. They redrew boundaries and reshaped the region’s political structure to suit their tastes and interests. And the consequences were not always good or beneficial for the people living there. Actually, no one even asked their opinion. The last people to find out what was happening in their own nations were the people living in the Middle East.
Of course, this begs the question: isn’t it time for the international community to coordinate all its actions with the people who live in these territories? I think that it’s long overdue; these people – like any people – should be treated with respect.
Fourth, we currently need to develop a roadmap for the region’s economic and social development, to restore basic infrastructure, housing, hospitals and schools. Only this kind of on-site creative work after eliminating terrorism and reaching a political settlement can stop the enormous flow of refugees to European nations and return those who left to their homelands.
By Robert John Stevens, May 24, 2015
Putin is fully aware of how foreign governments and secret societies fund NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) to destabilize the internal affairs of nations, cause chaos and murder. Although his law limits freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, and will likely be abused to falsely charge the innocent and seize their assets, it is a defensive measure to rid Russia of internal parasites and conspiring organizations.
Lessons from history teach us to never allow such organizations to arise and infiltrate government because of their ability to destroy constitutional government. The Book of Mormon also teaches prevention:
it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain.—Ether 8:23
When conspiring secret societies are discovered, according to the Book of Mormon, God commands believers to awaken to their awful situation:
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. — Ether 8:24
The scriptural record doesn’t offer much advice for counter measures, which makes Putin’s efforts fascinating and a future case study; however if nothing is done, God’s judgment is definitive:
the work of destruction [shall] come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. — Ether 8:23
Historic attempts to rid one’s government of conspiring NGOs have had limited success. Propaganda is used to deceive the people. When the infiltration is complete, war and democide commence (democide is murder by one’s own government). The University of Hawaii reports in the 20th Century alone, 262 million humans were murdered by their own governments.
Americans were warned of this pattern in 1830:
For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning. — Ether 8:25
Putin’s efforts to ban mischievous NGOs are fascinating. I wonder how many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) will see its relationship to the Book of Mormon and remember the words of President Ezra Taft Benson when he warned Americans of the United Nations because he believed they and other such organizations were designed to destroy the U.S. Constitution and usher in world government, and must therefore be banned.
Read the story: Putin enacts law banning ‘undesirable’ NGOs
I read the speech and copied a few quotes which I believe would be embraced or at least considered by America’s Founding Fathers, who stood for independence, self government and free trade, and prided themselves in keeping out of foreign wars and entanglements:
The issue of maintaining sovereignty becomes almost paramount in maintaining and strengthening global stability.
I will add that international relations must be based on international law, which itself should rest on moral principles such as justice, equality and truth. Perhaps most important is respect for one’s partners and their interests. This is an obvious formula, but simply following it could radically change the global situation.
On Ukraine, “Nobody wanted to listen to us and nobody wanted to talk. They simply told us: this is none of your business, point, end of discussion. Instead of a comprehensive but – I stress – civilised dialogue, it all came down to a government overthrow; they plunged the country into chaos, into economic and social collapse, into a civil war with enormous casualties.”
The allegations and statements that Russia is trying to establish some sort of empire, encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbours, are groundless. Russia does not need any kind of special, exclusive place in the world – I want to emphasise this. While respecting the interests of others, we simply want for our own interests to be taken into account and for our position to be respected.
We have no need of getting involved in things, of ordering others around, but we want others to stay out of our affairs as well and to stop pretending they rule the world. That is all. If there is an area where Russia could be a leader – it is in asserting the norms of international law.
Humiliation of any people living in the area, or anywhere else in the world is clearly a source of destabilisation and should be done away with.