What is a hybrid war? It is a war in which you often can’t see the enemy in a tank or with a gun, but you have already lost the war. And lost because you are used to focus on the front line, behind which is the enemy, and on this side are “our own” (even though some of them are spies). But actually, there are dozens, if not hundreds of thousands (and even more) front lines. Moreover, these invisible front lines often pass through cities, neighborhoods, apartments, families. In this regard, initially the closest to the concept of a hybrid war is a civil war. And it has become more hybrid in this age of information technology and globalization.
What we see now in Ukraine is not just another civil war on the territory of a former Soviet republic. This is another stage of a Great Civil War in the USSR, the hybrid essence of which every year becomes more and more powerful. Besides, every present independent state has its own front line. Sometimes smoldering (as in Azerbaijan, and Belarus), sometimes hot (as it is now in Ukraine). It exists in the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Without a doubt, it exists in Russia. Moreover, if you look closer, in every country (republic) there are common features of the opposing sides, and sometimes in exploding conflicts – common causes and consequences. And this is not a coincidence.
The territory of the former USSR is engulfed in a hybrid Civil war. For more than 25 years. With varying degrees of success. If at first the forces trying to divide the USSR society into segments (nations), had an unquestionable advantage, then in the last decade there has been a tide shift in this war.
Initially USSR was split into 15 parts. Sometimes warring among each other and almost always warring with Russia. Russia, as the backbone of any Eurasian Union (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union), was the main target. Civil war (hot) was already blazing inside the country (Caucasus). Some regions were prepared to “accept” the baton of fragmentation (Tatarstan, Bashkortostan). But everything changed at the turn of the millennium. What caused this? If you think that I’ll bring up Putin, you are mistaken. Putin is just a media face. And a succesful one. Whose?
The USSR didn’t collapse by itself. It was aided. And aided from the inside. Part of the Soviet elite made a deal with the devil from the USA. The essence of the transaction, but in reality “the scam”, consisted in the promise that they will be included in the global elite. In return, they had to “flush” the USSR and not obstruct the process of globalization. The fact that they were deceived, the former Soviet bosses realized in the mid-1990’s. And initiated the process of restoring the USSR. Started naturally with Russia. This is why first – Putin emerged in Russia, then – the victories. By the middle of the 2000’s Russia strengthened so much that it could begin the process of returning its lands. Naturally, the attempt to “return” to its former estates once again heated almost frozen internal fronts of the civil war on the territory of the former USSR.
That these are the fronts of one big civil war, can be seen on the example of Ukraine. Suffice it to recall that volunteers from Russia are fighting… not only for Novorossia. There are plenty of them and on the opposite side. Both at the front (the same “Azov”), and on the home front (Vasilieva). From the side of the “Ukrainians” it is enough to recall the troops of UNA-UNSO (genetic ancestor of the “Right Sector”), which fought in the Caucasus against Russia back in the 1990’s (not to mention that the recent events have split the Ukrainian society not along ethnic lines). Two “Chechnyas” are now fighting in Ukraine on both sides of the front line.
There are plenty of examples. And all of them point to one thing. Throughout the entire territory of the former USSR run the front lines, which, sometimes invisibly, divided the former nations of once united space into two camps: the camp of the rebuilders of the Empire, and the camp of the ‘dividers’ of the Empire, which includes not accidentally almost all nationalist movements.
It is noteworthy that the liberal “movements”, which should be, in fact, the unifying force, always took the side of the dividers/nationalists (even in the 90’s in Chechnya, which seemed very unnatural, but logical). When they write about a strange display of unity of liberals and nationalists (Ukrainian, Russian, and so on), I ask you to remember the first Chechen war. Do you see a difference? I don’t. Because it’s all unnatural (if you read the classics), but quite logical, if you ask who created the first and the others.
These are the two fronts of one civil war against the Eurasian Empire, which is now being born in hard labor, while grinding the remains of liberalism within itself. I, as a Ukrainian will tell you the following. In Russia, in comparison to Ukraine, there is almost no liberalism. The difference is colossal, but for you, the Russians, to understand this, you should spend several years in Ukraine. Not now, of course. I myself am sometimes amazed at that “soviet factor” (in a good way), which you have retained and which is cultivated in you by the current government (I can see more clearly from the side).
Why am I saying all this? I say this so that everyone will understand that there are no “vatniki”, “ukry”, “novorossy”, “pro-united-ukrainians” in Ukraine. There are only “the imperials” and “schismatics”. There are forces that try to recreate the Empire and that are trying to stop it. And a creation of “Ukraine not Russia”, “Novorossia”, LDPR (in the case of Ukraine) – are not values in and of itself, but merely a convenient disguise of these processes. Ultimately, the goal of the “imperials” is one – the restoration of the Empire. Of the opponents – to prevent it.
The Civil war now goes through each and every one of us. Yes, it goes on in Russia in 145 million (approximately) small fronts, as in Ukraine in 42 million (or however many there are left?) such fronts. Victory on each front brings us closer to or further from a common goal. Because in the end, the victory or defeat will be one for all.
Translated by Kristina Rus for FortRuss.blogspot.com