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Tomasz Wróblewski

A new realism


Another crisis of the western world. And instead of a tough reply, we are being indoctrinated with masses of terms which rationalise the madness caused by the policy of consent. Global solidarity, cultural imperative, and political realism. Realism and acceptance of the lesser evil, no matter the price. US mauled by the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, Europe terrified by the uncontrolled wave of refugees – they use the long-forgotten language of geopolitical rationality and superiority of goals.

In the gestures, movements – in all this diplomatic staffage around the East-West crisis – a cold-war poetics recurs. The seemingly-not-connected conflicts – refugees, Syria, Ukraine, Georgia, provocations in Moldova, and Estonia – easily fits into one, coherent jigsaw of a classic proxy war. A picture of replacement conflicts aiming at broadening and establishing the world's division within new zones of influence, without direct confrontation of atomic world powers. 

The last time when we heard about the Realpolitik was when Russia entered Afghanistan, and the Red Brigades marauded around Europe. Just like the governing of  Carter and democratic Left created a political void which Brezhnev's armies could easily fill, the political indolence of Obama and his partners in France and Germany led as to similar cold-war reality.

Let's acknowledge that it is a new realism. But do all of the realists grasp its nature? Because it is not the cold calculation of facts, but pushing the limits of realism that matters. All of those who console themselves believing that Russian economy will not last long in those conditions, and the intensification of the conflict is highly unlikely, forget that the Putin, Assad and Iraq coalition brings new possibilities of controlling oil and refugees supplies. And sets new limits of realism and of blackmailing western liberals.

It's probably hard to imagine today a world that can emerge from another compromises and false agreements. However I recommend book by Hannah Arendt “The origins of Totalitarianism”. It concerns the times before the II World War. It is belittling of small conflicts and of growing anxiety of sovereignty that leads to radicalisation of opinions and to closing countries, and in effect to wars which cannot be stopped. Neither their scale, nor brutality. Later experiences of the cold war, especially of the period of Regan, teach us that only tough reactions bring peace. And realists who send the aggressors clear message about values that they would defend, no matter the price. 

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