Позвольте России быть Россией

ТЕЛЬ-АВИВ – В знаменитой статье, опубликованной в 1947 году под псевдонимом «X», Джордж Ф. Кеннан утверждал, что враждебность СССР по отношению к США была практически неизбежной, поскольку ее причина не в классическом конфликте интересов  великих держав, а в глубинном российском ощущении опасности и национализме. То же самое можно сказать о нынешнем конфликте между Россией Владимира Путина и Западом: по сути, это столкновением между универсальными, как считается, ценностями Запада и российскими попытками найти свой особый путь.

Самоидентификация может определять стратегическое поведение страны. Миссионерский характер американской цивилизации помогает объяснить ее поведение как глобальной державы. Возрождение исламизма, по сути, стало попыткой найти новую идентичность для древней цивилизации, потрясенной вызовами современности. Акцент Израиля на своей еврейской идентичности стал непреодолимым препятствием на пути к миру с палестинцами.

Дерзкая внешняя политика Путина, которой способствуют авторитарные политические традиции, реакционные догматы православия, гордость за огромное географическое и природное богатство России, стала ответом на унизительную потерю империи. Рассматривая поражение России в Холодной войне, как повод для обращения к незападным корням российской истории и российских традиций, Путин отступил к тем же самым консервативным ценностям, которые зародились после наполеоновского вторжения в 1812 году и которые отторгали модернизационные усилия Петра Великого.

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