Wars for Living Space
“Largely unknown in the West, the war against communism already began after the Russian Revolution, when Great Britain and the United States sent secret armies against the newly founded Soviet Union, a state in ‘baby age’. Between 1918 and 1920, London and Washington chose to support the Russian right and financed ten military interventions against the USSR on Soviet soil.”
When Napoleon and Hitler attempted to take Russia, their empires crumbled. Will the United States of America risk all to win nothing?
Napoleon’s Russian Campaign
When French dictator Napoleon Bonaparte began his Russian Campaign, on June 24th, 1812, the Russian army chose to avoid conflict. It retreated and applied a scorched-earth tactic, burning everything behind it. This put a strain on the French army’s supplies. For three months, the Russians kept ceding territory until the bloody Battle of Borodino. The French won, barely, and Napoleon marched into a smoldering Moscow, set ablaze by the fleeing Russians.
Then the tables turned. Napoleon waited a whole month for peace, but Russian Tsar Alexander I never offered it. Instead, the Tsar waited patiently for the French Grande Armée to run out of steam. His strategy worked. Hunger and cold forced Napoleon to retreat back to Europe. The man who had marched into Russia with over half a million soldiers now returned home with no more than 27,000 men left.
Russia prevailed and France was no longer a superpower.
Hitler’s War for Living Space
On June 22nd, 1941, German dictator Adolf Hitler began Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. It was part of a plan called the Generalplan Ost or the “Hunger Plan”. Nazi leadership had decided to colonize Poland, Ukraine, and Western Russia. They wanted to starve local Slavs and repopulate their lands with Germanic offspring. A 1985 film by Belorussian director Elem Klimov, Come and See (Иди и смотри), captures the atrocities committed to achieving this goal.
The German Wehrmacht army was operationally and technologically superior to the Red Army, but the Russians once again chose to resist their invader in a war of attrition, steadily draining the Germans of supplies and personnel. The German army retaliated by capturing a total of five million Russian POW’s, then starving the majority to death. It wasn’t ‘enough’; when the war finally ended, the Russians had taken Berlin.
Russia prevailed and Germany was no longer a superpower.
The Cold War
After the Second World War, we said never again, yet the West’s conflict with Russia flared up immediately. A long-dormant Atlantic Empire—the United States and it new Western European vassals—now emerged as a world power to rival the Soviet Union. From 1947, the Cold War ensued. This time, Western forces had learned from history. They patiently pursued their own war of attrition in order to bring the Soviets to their knees.
Nuclear technology’s mutually assured destruction (MAD) prevented the Cold War from heating up. Nevertheless, the Soviet Union, with its vast geography and its control over Eastern European and Central Asian peoples, never managed to win the economic power to defeat the United States. Western Europe’s former colonies now fueled American capitalism, notably with oil. So, a consumerist West successfully impoverished the Soviet Union. Unable to compete, communism fell with the Berlin wall in 1989, followed by the collapse of the Society Union in 1991.
However, it was not the end of Russia. Thanks to glasnost and perestroika, and a modernized nuclear arsenal, Russia prevailed.
Why has the West been so fixated on conquering Russia for at least the last two centuries? If you want to rule the world, if it is your aim to build a global empire that may last for thousands of years, then you must seize control of the Eurasian continent. In other words, you must conquer Russia. In his classic work The Grand Chessboard, geopolitical expert Zbigniew Brzezinski argued as much. Former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, spent a lifetime implementing the strategy.
There are other reasons why the West has set its sights on Russia. Over the next twenty years or so, hundreds of millions of Arab and African immigrants are projected to flood Europe. Aging demographics dictate that by the year 2100, there will be fewer than 10 million white Germans left in Germany, a loss of 80% of today’s population. By then, Germany will no longer be a democracy, but an Islamic state.
Similarly, by the year 2050, white Americans will have become a minority in the country their European ancestors built.
Here is my prediction: the Russian people will rather nuke its own cities than allow Westerners to take over. Once the fog of war has cleared, Russia will have prevailed and the United States of America will no longer be a superpower.
 Daniele Ganser, NATO-Geheimarmeen in Europa: Inszenierter Terror und verdeckte Kriegsführung (Zürich: Orell Füssli Verlag, 2008), chap. 4.