Alexander Dugin: Principles and strategy of the coming war

by Alexander Dugin

War of the Continents: Hot Stage

In a sense, the war is already underway. War is always. The war that is most important now is the confrontation of two civilizations — the land civilization represented by Russia and the civilization of the Sea embodied in the USA. On a spiritual level, it is a battle of spirit and matter, of light and darkness, of God and the devil.

The confrontation between the poles of reality - between good and evil, the trading system and the heroic civilization, between Carthage and Rome, Athens and Sparta is not removable. But at some point it reaches the hot stage. Today is just such a moment.

We are balancing on the brink of that war, which is. But that at any moment can become the main and, probably, the only content of our life. Since the main players - the United States and Russia - are powers possessing vigorous weapons, this war concerns all the peoples of the earth. She has a chance to become the end of humanity. Of course, this is not yet fatal, but such a turn of affairs cannot be excluded.

The spiritual plan of the great opposition is conceptualized in specific terms and in a particular context. And here the balance of power is always in favor of the Light, regardless of the position in which the faithful are. But at the strategic level, things may look different.

The roles in this war are not symmetrical. Russia is in a weaker position, but is trying to return to the status of a global player. It merely seeks to regain its potential of a regional power that freely disposes of itself in the zone immediately adjacent to its borders. But this is unacceptable for the United States, which - in spite of everything - is still a global hegemon and is not going to give up on unipolarity voluntarily.

If we take into account what the spiritual background of this war is, it will become clear: darkness does not allow the presence of light in any proportion, it will not calm down only when it can beat the light everywhere - not only globally but also locally, because one ray is enough to make darkness, darkness, without it, it can impersonate anything.

Hence the important conclusion: the global claims of the modern materialist technocratic West, globalism itself, is not an accident, but the essence of the force with which we are dealing. It would be naive to believe that you can agree with the devil or deceive him. He can only win. This is the law of spiritual warfare.

Today he comes, and we retreat. Therefore, the war is deployed almost on our territory - in the zone of our direct national interests. With all that Russia is trying to go beyond its borders today, this war is defensive for us.

At the moment, we do not set any goals other than regional ones. However, their implementation is hampered by the world nuclear power. This complicates the situation and takes the conflict to the global level. In any case: we are attacked, we defend. It is important.

Consider now the fronts of this war.

Front number 1. Syria

From the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, Moscow supported Bashar Assad, against which Washington, Western Europe and the Middle East proxies of the United States - Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey - played, each of these countries, however, pursued its own personal interests.

Radical Islamic groups - ISIS, al-Qaeda (Al Nusra Front), etc. - became the instrument for overthrowing Assad. However, Russia fully joined the military operation only in 2015, when it rendered a serious and open military support to the weakened Assad.

In this situation, Moscow received its allies in the face of the Shiite axis - Tehran-Shiite Iraqi-Lebanese Hezbollah, with whom we are not just cooperating, but fighting side by side. The Shiite world is strictly anti-American oriented, but at the same time, at the regional level, it opposes the radical Sunism of the Saudis and Qatar, sponsoring Salafi extremist groups.

On Front No. 1, Russia faces the United States and NATO countries not directly, but indirectly. The countries of the West themselves are also fighting with ISIL in words, although in fact they strongly support radical Islamic groups to overthrow Assad. The same tactic was used in the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya. In addition, the presence of Salafi jihadists in Iraq, as well as the Taliban in Afghanistan, justifies the presence of American troops there.

Therefore, Front No. 1 is a life-challenge for Russia: the United States and NATO are indirectly fighting against us, and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are almost openly fighting. Therefore, the war in Syria can in no way be considered an ordinary anti-terrorist operation: in addition to the fact that the Salafis now control most of Syria, they have a huge direct and indirect support.

But Russia is a nuclear power. Therefore, its involvement in the Syrian war dramatically changes the situation, withdrawing it from the local to the global level. Once we are there, then we have put a lot on the map. And now the matter is not only in Asad, his enemies will be forced to fight with Russia. But the opposite is true: we challenged not the extremist network of ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra, but of American hegemony and Middle Eastern Salafism, which has serious bases in the richest oil-money monarchies in the Gulf.

It is important here: how much Moscow understands the seriousness of the situation on Front No. 1 and how far we are ready to go into a situation that is already a real full-fledged tough war with an impressive coalition on the opposite side of the front. After all, the United States and NATO are exactly there, whatever they may proclaim.

Front number 2. Turkey

As the Syrian war got under way, we, by objective laws, clashed with Turkey, which essentially occupied the northern territories of Syria inhabited by Turkish tribes and entered into a military conflict with the Syrian Kurds. Erdogan long ago established an alliance with the richest Qatar, funding Salafi groups (like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) and began an active struggle against Assad.

Therefore, when the Russian military in Syria began bombing the positions of the Salafis in the north of Syria, we entered into a direct clash with Ankara. The downed military aircraft and the brutally murdered Russian pilot were only a reason for escalation. When we began to act decisively, and getting involved in the conflict we simply could not act differently, the war with Turkey became a very real prospect.

This was followed by the rupture of trade relations, the ban on tourism and the expulsion of Turkish construction companies, which from an economic point of view, was the strongest painful blow to Turkey and led to billions of dollars in losses.

Ankara constantly threatens to close the Bosphorus for Russian ships, and this is equivalent to cutting the vital artery for our contingent in Latakia. The Turks have transferred in recent weeks a significant part of the troops from the border with Greece to the border with Syria, which can be regarded as a preparation for a military invasion. All this greatly increases the risk of a new Russian-Turkish war.

How likely is it?

More likely than ever in the twentieth century and in the first decades of the XXI. Front number 2 is already open.

When he burns, no one can tell for sure. Theoretically - at any moment. Here again it is worth remembering that Turkey is a member of NATO and that in one way or another it coordinates its actions on Syria with Washington. This means that in a possible war with Russia on the side of Turkey - as in the era of the Crimean War - there will again be a broad Western coalition led by the United States. Therefore, again: regional conflict will obviously have a global scale. Moreover, in Turkey there is an American military base with nuclear weapons. The war with Turkey can hardly turn into the Third World War.

Front number 3. Ukraine

No one in the world recognized reunion with the Crimea.

DNR and LC remain a bleeding wound with an unknown status.

Poroshenko's positions in Kiev are rather fragile, and it is even theoretically impossible to fundamentally correct the economic and social situation in Ukraine. Therefore, at a certain moment, Kiev will have only one way to go - a new round of escalation of tension in the East and even an invasion of the Crimea.

If Ukraine in this situation was alone with Russia, it would be suicide for Kiev.

But again, the US and NATO factors should be taken into account. It is the West that is behind the coup in Kiev in the winter of 2014. And at some point a consolidated attack on the militia positions of Novorossia and even on the Crimea by the Ukrainian army can be quite likely. And for intra-Ukrainian reasons, and to an even greater degree according to the logic of the global confrontation between Russia and the United States.

Note that all three fronts are located in close proximity to our borders in the zone separating Eurasia and Russia, the continental space of the Eurasian Heartland, from the western territories. This is an area where civilizations converge, East and West.

As a rule, because of the dispute around precisely such territories, world wars and global conflicts began. All three fronts are located in the space of the former Ottoman Empire, because we won back from the Turks both Novorossia and the Crimea, and it was the Ottoman Empire that once included Syria. Earlier this was the space of the Orthodox-Byzantine world. So these three fronts have a huge historical and civilizational washed away.

Now we turn to the internal problems of Russia. Here we see three more fronts.

Front number 4. Salafi terrorism inside Russia

The network structures of radical Islam, tied to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, have long been deployed in Russia itself - both in the North Caucasus and in other areas. As the influx of the Islamic population into large Russian cities and the capital grows, these networks spread everywhere and entangle the entire space of Russia in varying degrees. They are not limited to the compact zone of Muslims, but actively expand the zone of influence in other social environments.

Using a variety of internal problems, radical Sunni Islam is gradually becoming quite popular as an alternative to the vague and sluggish ideological agenda of official Moscow and its purely conformist representatives in the regions. This creates a breeding ground for training and educating terrorist groups and direct branches of ISIL (a terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation).

If, technically, special services are more or less coping with the task of containing these groups, the strategic plan and, moreover, the ideological program to combat these phenomena are completely absent, which will eventually

Front number 4 is extremely relevant. This Front No. 4 was in fact the field of hot war in the period of the First and Second Chechen companies, the turning point in the Second of them was achieved only by turning to a rigidly patriotic line in domestic politics. any weakening of such national discourse automatically strengthens centrifugal currents and extremist groups again.

Front number 4 is open and operational, although we do not fully know the scale of the problem: in order not to sow panic among the population, special services hide from people the number of prevented attacks and other preventive measures, which, in fact, is impressive even today.

Since the United States and external centers, American proxies in the Middle East, are behind this Front No. 4, serious financial and, most importantly, logistical support for the new escalation can be expected here as well.

Front number 5. The fifth column

This Front is a network of opposition circles, whose core consists of pro-American liberals who dream of returning in the 1990s, in the era of open plunder of Russia and selling all its assets abroad, and the absolute power of liberal elites, and whose cannon fodder are the radical nationalists and Russian neo-Nazis, dissatisfied with the Russian government and its passive policies regarding growing migration, as well as slurring or a complete lack of a national idea.

Liberals alone are not enough for organizing weighty and large-scale protests, so the radical Russian nationalists in this coalition are carrying out the 5th column of the mass support function. But it is the pro-American liberals that are the main center, where coordination efforts and key decisions are made, responsible for contacts with Washington.

The United States itself officially supports “democratic” movements, allocating significant amounts from the budget to them. But funding from other, less transparent sources of the Russian fifth column is several times greater than the data that are voiced openly. On Bolotnaya Square in the spring of 2012, the fifth column showed what it can do.

In the event of an exacerbation of the situation and in the face of the consequences of sanctions and possible military conflicts, Front No. 5 may become a significant factor in weakening Russia. This preparatory backstamp can be decisive at all in the event that the inefficiency of the administrative system (and nothing in Russia portends that it will become more effective in the near future) accumulate costs. Under certain circumstances, Front No. 5 may be joined by a part of disgruntled and disillusioned inhabitants, which will create a serious threat.

Front number 6. Pro-Western agents of influence and power liberals

This group has recently been called the “sixth column”. We are talking about those liberals and Westerners who were integrated into power in the 2000s or have remained there since the 1990s, adopting new rules of the game.

In contrast to the fifth column, the representatives of the sixth column are formally completely loyal to the authorities, obediently obey it and act in the spirit of complete conformity.

However, the sixth column shares the Western view of things, sees the United States and NATO - the vanguard of progressive humanity, in the economy is guided exclusively by liberal methods and approaches.

Often the state and families of senior Russian officials are also in the West.

In such a situation, loyalty and forced hypocritical patriotism hide an orientation towards consistent sabotage of state sovereignty, restraining sovereign ideology, economic, administrative and informational strategies, leading eventually to demoralization of society, weakening the economy and further de-ideologization of the population.

Front number 6 consists of systematic, deliberate and extremely skillful sabotage of the Russian revival, deterrence and substitution of truly patriotic reforms, the creation of skilled simulacra and fakes.

"The sixth column" in their views is no different from the fifth and is also focused on the West, but only hides it, preferring to strike at the regime from the inside rather than from the outside. And just like the fifth column, the sixth column is controlled from the external center, from Washington, although this is more subtle and nuanced than in the case of the “fifth column”.

The coordination of Front No. 6 is managed by the American Council on International Relations (CFR), whose structures are almost officially represented on the highest floors of the Russian government. In general, most of the “government liberals”, as well as a significant segment of other government institutions, belong to this type.

Synchronize fronts: Washington's likely strategy

Now put yourself in the shoes of American strategists.

The escalation of relations between the United States and NATO with Russia is evident. Moscow blows itself in the case of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008, with the Crimea and Novorossia in 2014 and, finally, with Syria in 2015 as a sovereign regional power, if necessary, by force insisting on its national interests in a strictly delineated zone.

This is incompatible with the continuation of American hegemony, which is still global. Moscow would have to build its policy in coordination with Washington and NATO, and naturally, it would never have received sanctions for all of the above actions.

So, despite external politeness and liberal rhetoric, Russia is getting out of control of the West. It is a fact. And Washington must respond to this fact in some way.

If he acknowledges this, it will be tantamount to giving up hegemony. But having begun to crumble, the American Empire will not necessarily stop at those frontiers that it still confidently controls today.

Encouraged by the success of the Russians, anyone might want to try the Americans for strength.

Therefore, in place of Washington strategists, it would be logical to activate all 6 fronts. Moreover, in all six cases America will not act with its own hands: even the worst outcome will not deal a fatal blow to it, as it is reliably protected by a huge European, North-African zone, beyond which is the Atlantic, and from the East - by the Pacific Ocean (especially that in the eastern direction from Russia there are no active movements).

Moreover, it would be quite reasonable to synchronize the strikes on Russia from all sides - in Syria from the side of the militants, to support Turkey, to push the Kiev punishers to a new wave of hostilities (and the attack on the Crimea), to bring the domestic Salafi terrorist structures into combat readiness support the fifth column (finding a suitable social reason) and put the next sanctions ultimatum to the “sixth column” so that they engage in sabotage more actively and more painfully.

At the same time, from the outside it would be just as logical, on the one hand, to maintain and even strengthen the sanctions, lower oil prices for a certain percentage, and at the same time begin to attack the Russian leadership with conciliatory CFR-like trolling - they say, “The West will help you "," Terrorists are our common problem "(common because they are at war with them, while others are arming them) and" the main problem is China "(" let the Russians give up their nuclear weapons, and we will put our ") etc.

But behind these simple analytical calculations lies something very serious. War. This hot war with the sea of ​​blood, fires, torture, suffering and pain. A war in which we all have to participate. And since three of the six Fronts are internal, it is likely that external war will be accompanied by civil war. That, however, we know perfectly well from our history.

Winning strategy: internal enemy

Imagine that we fairly objectively evaluated and weighed the risks and our analysis is correct. What to do in this situation? Entering a war, or at least approaching a war closely, we must not only react situationally, but also have some plan - both waging and winning. To wish for victory is quite logical, isn't it? It remains only to think of ways to achieve it. Even in purely theoretical terms.

It is completely obvious that it is possible to effectively wage war against an external enemy only if society is sufficiently consolidated and mobilized internally. It is desirable that it would be morally ready for war. For this, it must understand who the enemy is, and who is the friend, and most importantly, why this is so, and not otherwise. You can not start demonizing the enemy at the time of the outbreak of hostilities. The image of the enemy must be formed in advance and knowingly.

Therefore, the first task of preparing for victory would be a real full-fledged company to create an entirely negative, monstrous, satanic (that is, true) image of the United States and the West as a whole.

It's time to call a spade a spade. The West is the place where the devil fell. This is the center of the global capitalist octopus. It is a matrix of rotten culture of perversions and vice, lies and cynicism, violence and hypocrisy.

In part, this is already under way in modern Russia, but since this case is entrusted to the “sixth column”, instead of revealing the true demonic essence of the modern West, we have a caricature, something miserable and little convincing. This is the effect of the sabotage that constitutes the essence of Front No. 6. His fighters do not refuse to carry out orders from the authorities, they even ask for more and more, but turn their execution into a farce, fooling and subtly discrediting all undertakings.

Awkward and insincere propaganda, in which those who make it do not believe, often gives the opposite effect.

Therefore, the formation of the image of the American enemy and his satellites (with which we actually have to fight), it would be logical to instruct those who believe that, who understands the satanism of the West and who is able to bring this with maximum clarity and persuasiveness to the sleeping masses.

In the meantime, the West has been instructed to criticize agents of the influence of the West itself. With a predictable result. This approach is incompatible with the “strategy of victory” and needs to be reconsidered (if we want to have at least a chance to win in the coming war).

From the first point the following follows logically. It is necessary to dismantle the structures of the “sixth column” in the shortest possible time, removing the liberals and Westerners from all key posts. Together with them, liberalism in the economy will be abolished, which will allow:

  •  establish national control over the Central Bank,
  •  to abandon the dollar by switching to a foreign exchange activity for another reserve currency (for example, the yuan),
  •  achieve full financial sovereignty
  •  move to a mobilization economy according to the logic of wartime conditions.
  • In parallel, it is necessary to form a National Committee on the Media, which will restructure the information work in accordance with emergency requirements.

The effectiveness of the purely destructive activity of the “fifth column” is largely connected with the effectiveness of the “sixth column” sabotage. Front number 5 and Front number 6 are inextricably linked. Therefore, the dismantling of the sixth column inside the government will sharply weaken the “fifth column”, whose leaders in emergency conditions could either be interned (by the way, measures for the house arrest of individual leaders have already been applied), or sent.

Needless to say, any legal means of disseminating liberal or destructive nationalist propaganda should be outlawed.

Front number 4 is a problem because of the absence of any ethno-national policy in the State. At the moment, the same “sixth column” or cognitively inadequate bureaucrats are busy with this issue. That is why bureaucracy gets away from real challenges from uncontrolled migration and interethnic and interfaith tensions in our conditions and empty slogans about “civil society” and “tolerance”.

Without a coherent system of ethno-national strategy, the issue of Islamic extremism and terrorism in Russia cannot be resolved. Power measures alone are not enough, it is necessary to abolish or irreversibly change the social environment itself. Force operations to combat terrorist fundamentalism must be correlated with a large-scale — including ideological — model of ethno-national policy.

Winning strategy: external enemy

In Ukraine, Front No. 3 should be ready for armed provocations from Kiev and give them adequate resistance. Sooner or later, Russia will have to radically resolve the issue with Novorossia, since it’s somewhat irresponsible to hope that Kiev will fall by itself or abandon its pro-American and anti-Russian policies.

To effectively defend the Crimea and resolve the issue with the Donbas, it is necessary to free up the entire space of Novorossia, and if the war is inevitable, Moscow will have only one task - to win it as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible. The creation of a friendly Russia zone from Odessa to Kharkov, either as a separate State or with the inclusion of these native Russian lands in Russia, is the goal, the achievement of which could be considered a victory. No less important is the fate of Central Ukraine.

Kiev for Russian self-consciousness is a pole of historical existence. Despite the fact that representatives of the pro-Western oligarchic elite, relying on the Russophobic ideology of the Westerners, were temporarily entrenched in it, Kiev is an integral part of the Russian world. We cannot stand for the truth and leave it to the enemy. He must be released and returned to the people.

The fate of Western Ukraine without the East and Kiev will not play much importance. These lands have fallen away from the Russian world for too long, and we can hardly hope to soon return them to the context of the Orthodox civilization. But the greater our success in the struggle for the Russian world, the greater the chance that the situation will change in the western regions of Ukraine.

Turkish Front №2. Here, in addition to developing military operations, which represent the task of the military leadership of the country and cannot be a matter for analysts, attention should be paid to two main factors: the political opposition to the Erdogan regime, which in current conditions is becoming a natural ally of Russia, and the fundamental problem that for Ankara are the Kurds.

Both factors are key to success in the Russian-Turkish conflict. It should be extremely thoughtful to conduct anti-Turkish propaganda in Russian society, constantly emphasizing that the United States and their accomplice Erdogan are responsible for the escalation of relations, and that the Turks are not considered by Moscow as a historical enemy.

Therefore, any parallels with the Russian-Turkish wars - even for internal use - will only rally the Turks around Erdogan and strengthen the enemy. And on the contrary, the outstretched hand of friendship to those politicians of Turkey who do not share the views of Herodogan and Neo-Ottomanism Davut-oglu could be decisive. In parallel, of course, interaction with the Kurds should be intensified, since this is an impressive force in Turkey itself.

Finally, Front number 1 - Syria. We did not accidentally put it at the end of the “winning strategy”. The most acute form of confrontation is always the most practical and full of technical and military details. But everything private always depends on society, and local successes depend on external, often global, conditions.

We have seen that here we have an important regional ally - the Shiite world, represented primarily by Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah. These are our brothers in arms, and we must in every way deepen this alliance. It is important to support Shiites in Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia itself. Obviously, not only we understand the full significance of the Russian-Shiite strategic alliance, and therefore pro-American forces both in Russia and in Iran will try to do everything possible to sow discord among the allies. This should be nipped in the bud - at least in Russia, and right at this point dotted i in negotiations with Shiites.

Further, we need political, and preferably military and economic support of countries belonging to the intended multipolar club - BRICS. China plays a special role here, preferring not to go to the first line in the confrontation of the United States, but is ready to support Moscow in it, while remaining on the sidelines. A great deal in Syria now depends on Moscow-Beijing relations, and maximum attention should be paid to this one. Moreover, China is beginning to act more actively in the military-strategic area on the African continent, starting to create the first military bases there.

We have no chance to make European countries our full-fledged allies in Syria: the US has too much influence on them. But Moscow will benefit from any distancing from Washington of the European powers (first of all, France, Germany and Italy), disagreements in NATO. If the wave of right-conservative parties and movements loyal to Russia as a whole continues to grow in Europe, this will significantly strengthen our position in Syria itself. Russian propaganda in Europe in wartime conditions is of particular importance.

Since we are confronted in Syria with the forces that Saudi Arabia and Qatar openly support, especially since Qatar was involved in the bombing of the plane with Russian tourists over Sinai, we should pay particular attention to the maximum destabilization of the respective regimes.

Under certain circumstances, direct attacks on Qatar and the military support of the Hussites in Yemen, as well as the Shiites of Bahrain, cannot be ruled out. Strategically decisive would be inviting Russian troops to the governments of Iraq and Lebanon; this will make it possible to launch a full-scale war against the main bases of Islamic terrorists of ISIL and cut off their infrastructural links with Turkey and the Gulf countries.

On the whole, Russia is already in a war in the Middle East, therefore we should recognize this as a fait accompli and urgently reanimate the entire arsenal of available means - first and foremost, intellectual and network ones, aimed at promoting Russian interests in this region in various ways. , economics, ideologies, etc.

The final argument in this war will be the presence of nuclear weapons, which, thank God, did not have time to destroy the liberal reformers in the 90s. Its meaning is to never use it. But this means that it imposes severe restrictions on our main opponent - the United States of America. Under the fear of total annihilation, the United States will be obliged to play against us according to certain rules.

Front number 7. Americans vs Federal Government

In addition, with regard to the United States, Front No. 7 should be opened. The point is that within the United States there are many dissatisfied with the rule of those elite who profess globalist ideology, drawing the United States into bloody wars, destroying traditional European Christian identity.

New America, in which there is nothing actually American and which serves the interests of the world financial oligarchy, which has neither culture nor identity, destroys Old America.

Therefore, the support of American traditionalism and conservatism, of American identity is an important task for Russia. Our ally in the USA is the American people. In addition, many contradictions have accumulated in the social sphere, in inter-ethnic relations. A significant part of American society does not accept complete moral degeneration. The federal government uses every convenient excuse to begin the process of repealing the second amendment to the Constitution, which allows the Americans to carry weapons.

The constantly growing in proportions, the Latin population, mainly Catholic, introduces a new identity into American society, which is not at all hostile to Russia. Russia must actively engage in the struggle for influence on American society, strengthen the explanation of Russia's spiritual position in this war, show that Russians and Americans have a common enemy - a manic satanic elite who usurped power and leading all of humanity - including Americans themselves. to an imminent catastrophe.

The fruits of the affairs of this elite on the face - the entire Middle East is already drenched in blood, no longer coping with the establishment of any order, the globalist elite (CFR, neocons, representatives of the global financial oligarchy, Wall Street) implants everywhere only chaos, destruction, and pain. The destruction of this cancer of humanity is the work of all of us, including the Americans themselves, who are not only its tools, but also the victims.

Where is the city?

Winning this game will not be easy. Because the name of this game is Big War. But nevertheless, when the Great War came, it can be avoided only at the cost of slavery and the deliberate recognition of oneself as a loser. This has never happened in Russian history. No matter how difficult it was for us, we coped every time.

It is not just a geopolitical confrontation, a redistribution of spheres of influence, or ensuring national interests. It is about something much deeper and more important.

All religions have a section dedicated to the end of time and the final battle. Christians, as well as Jews and Muslims, associate the events of this cycle with the Great War. And invariably in all these three religions the place of this Great War is the Middle East, the Armageddon field, as well as the territories adjacent to it. For Muslims, Damascus - the Umayyad Mosque - is considered the place where the Second Coming of Christ will take place.

Therefore, the war in Syria has a frankly eschatological sense.

After all, Syria is a part of the Holy Land, on which the foot of the Savior walked. For the Jews awaiting the coming of Moshiach, the escalation of violence on their borders in areas critical to the very existence of the State of Israel also cannot but have eschatological significance.

American dispensational Protestant Protestants see the script of the Last Battle as an invasion of the army of the northern country of Gog (interpreted as Russia) on the Holy Land. And finally, the Athos monks and Greek saints — such as Cosmas Aeolian [ 1]  or the elder Paisius the Holy Trinity — repeatedly predicted the release of Constantinople by the Russian troops and the disintegration of Turkey. So, St. Arseny of Cappadocia in Faras told the believers that they would lose their fatherland, but will soon regain it ” [2 ] :“ There will be another foreign army. She will not know Greek, but will believe in Christ. They will also ask: where is the City? ”. This was clearly understood as an indication of the Russian army approaching Constantinople. In one of the conversations the elder Paisius the Holy Trinity said:

“- Know that Turkey will fall apart. There will be a war that will last two halves. We will be winners, because we are Orthodox.

- Heronda, will we bear the damage in the war?

 E, at most, one or two islands will occupy, and we will be given Constantinople. See, see! ” [3]

More recently, one or two years ago, all these predictions would cause only a puzzled shrug - tales. But ... today: a lot of blood is flowing throughout the Middle East; fighting is under way around Damascus; Russians are not just present, but they are fighting in the Holy Land; the conflict with Turkey is heating up and it cannot be ruled out that this will lead to a real war. From the point of view of eschatology, the time comes to return our shrines - the Holy Land, Constantinople, Kiev. The statement that we do not live in the "Last Times" today looks unscientific. As the old man Paisiy used to say - “See, see!” And we will see.

So where is the City?

1  Athanasius Zoitakis. The Life and Prophecies of Cosmas Aetolia M., 2007.
2 ιριστόδουλος Αγιορείτης, ιερομοναχος. Σκέυος Εκλογής. Γιον Όρος, 1996.
3 . Athanasius Rakovalis "Father Paisius told me ...". M., 2003.

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