Ukraine’s Plight Has Global Implications
By Nicholas Dima | Friday, 18 February 2022 09:07 AM
The Russo-Ukrainian conflict between Moscow and Kyiv involves Russian regional interests and global American interests representing a new phase of today’s geopolitical competition.
While Ukraine is a young nation wanting to develop its full potential, Russia is a much older nation that has for centuries dominated Ukraine. The two are related by language, and their history is deeply intertwined.
The current conflict viewed territorially by Ukraine is viewed geopolitically by Russia. Geographically their claims overlap, and Moscow points out that Ukrainian borders are artificial. They were established initially by Lenin and Stalin and later by Khrushchev, who gave Kyiv Crimea.
Against international laws and agreements, in 2014 Russia re-annexed Crimea and threatened the Donbass region. Russia obviously wants control over the entire country, keeping Ukraine in its sphere of influence to impose on Kyiv its own model of governance. In this context, Ukraine represents a clash between the Russian and the Western political systems.
Unlike much of the 20th century dominated by the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, there are currently three main political systems in the world: American capitalism, Chinese communism, and corporate globalism. During the recent past, the world was dominated by American capitalism and Soviet communism.
America was based on democracy, private property, and personal freedom. Communism was collectivist, abusive, atheistic, and dictatorial. Winston Churchill once said of capitalism that it was a bad system, but it was the best of everything humans have ever experienced.
In the end, American capitalism won, but it was a pyrrhic victory.
Once the USSR dissolved, traditional capitalism lost its sense of direction and was gradually replaced by a corporate race for global domination. America remained the main force, but capitalism morphed into something else. Freedom began to take chaotic forms: individual liberties became licentious; old religious values acquired pagan expressions, and profits and money became the new kings.
After losing its international appeal through Marxism, Moscow returned to its old Orthodox and tsarist roots. Without economic development, however, Russia can only offer its people pride and security through old territorial expansion. And here is the crux of the conflict.
America and the big Western corporations want to extend their reach into Ukraine. They have to do it because globalization cannot halt without risking a loss of purpose.
Russia, on the other hand, must continue to expand, otherwise it risks shrinking further and possibly end up around the duchy of Muscovy. And to confront the West, Russia needs to secure China’s support.
China, currently a contender for world domination, offers an alternative model of governance that is atheistic, materialistic, and totalitarian. The system guarantees everybody a minimum standard of living, but people are paying the price through a system of surveillance that does not allow any deviations. They are rewarded for good behavior and severely punished for mistakes. If there is any modicum of democracy, it is among the members of the party elite at the top and among plebeians at the bottom.
No one knows how the world will evolve, but today’s Russo-Ukrainian conflict may change everything.
Nicholas Dima, Ph.D., is a former professor and author of numerous books and articles including the autobiographical memoir “Journey to Freedom,” a description of the effects of communist dictatorship on a nation, a family and an individual. He currently lectures.
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