Alexander begins his analysis of the two addresses ( Putin and Shoigu) by remarking on the prominence given Shoigu, who spoke first and gave a lengthy speech, even longer than Putin’s.
He first looks at Putin’s speech: primarily the geopolitical and philosophical aspects.
Putin uses the language ‘western globalist elites’ who provoke chaos’.
Hegemony leads to stagnation. ‘Neoliberal totalitarianism” a model retained by force.
Taiwan -deliberate strategy of destabilisation.
Dictat of supranational elites with no loyalty to their own populations.
A new form of colonialism.
Alexander: powerful words which Putin would not have spoken a few years ago
Shoigu – spoke of the role of Washington and London in planning and executing military operations; western specialists.
UKR treats losses as expendable; figures concealed; POWs testimonies
Specifically speaks of British role in conflict
Discusses other areas of the world; role of media in Latin America.
Alexander remarks on the extraordinary length of Shoigu’s speech.
- Both extremely confident
- Global thesis as explanation of Western action
They reject the globalisation project and believe most of the world agrees. This is something new; remarkable revelation. Up to now Russia has been cagey and used Western rhetoric.
The challenge is the struggle of ideas.
How will the west respond?