Herland Report: President Putin at Valdai: Since Russia is now our much talked about enemy, one would assume that the Western media would scrutinize every word said by President Putin at the recent 2021 Valdai Conference which gathers influential journalists and statesmen from all over the world in Russia. But not so.
As the 2021 Valdai Conference was held in the Olympic city of Sochi with topics on the Individual, Values and the State, sharing the vision of Russia in the modern world, negative focus on Covid-19 in Russian hospitals was seemingly the only popular topic the same week in Western mainstream media, writes historian Hanne Nabintu Herland in her regular column at World Net Daily, America’s largest Conservative network. (Feature photo by RU, Kremlin)
This, of course, effectively halted any intelligent discussions in the West on topics such as Conservatism versus Progressivism, totalitarianism versus citizens’ rights, the importance of not focusing on race and skin color, the need to combat racism, inequality and important topics such as Afghanistan addressed at the Valdai Discussion Club.
President Putin held talks with journalists for over three hours at the 2021 Valdai Discussion Club, rivalling his well-known annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum open talks.
Afghanistan and U.S. suggested collaboration with Taliban
President Putin at Valdai: First, the Afghanistan situation. Putin stated that normalizing the situation requires that countries help rebuild the nation, as Russia, China and other countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have pledged to Kabul.
He added that “the main responsibility for what happens there is borne by those countries that fought there for 20 years. The first thing they should have done, in my opinion, is to unfreeze Afghan assets and enable Afghanistan to solve social and economic problems of primary importance.”
As ISIS members – in Afghanistan now called ISIS-K, are gathering in Northern Afghanistan, the assumption among many is that their job will be to attack Russia and further east – China – from the south.
When Taliban was left billions of dollars worth of military equipment, rumors quickly emerged that this was coordinated with the United States, in yet a new effort to “get to Russia” from the Northern Afghan border. Soon after, reports in the Western mainstream media confirm that yes, ISIS is gathering its mercenaries precisely in the north.
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President Putin at Valdai: And Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in September that “it’s “possible” the United States will seek to coordinate with the Taliban on counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan against Islamic State militants or others,” to quote CBN.
In other words, admitting that the Taliban and the U.S. may become official partners. With the massive Russia and allies’ military drills in the same Northern area, it seems quite clear that the alleged cooperation between the U.S. and Taliban is no secret. Everybody is expecting trouble in the region, as Western interests remain focused on the escalating tensions with China and Russia.
Putin spoke about Russian Conservatism, the need for Stability
President Putin at Valdai: The second main topic at the 2021 Valdai Discussion Club was President Putin preaching Russian conservatism as remedy against the extreme progressive, Leftwing wokeness that now destabilizes the Western narrative hemisphere.
Putin noted that: “It is with puzzlement that in the West today we see practices that Russia has left in the distant past.”
The President said that it is very surprising to see how Western countries that see themselves as the world flagship for progress turn to an aggressive dogmatism in the struggle for equality against discrimination that borders on absurdity. While opposing racism is a noble cause, the culture of abolition turns into a reverse discrimination based on skin color.
“People who dare to say that men and women still exist as a biological fact are almost ostracized… Not to mention the simply monstrous fact that children today are taught from a young age that a boy can easily become a girl and vice versa. Let’s call a spade a spade: This simply verges on crimes against humanity under the banner of progress,” he said, as quoted by The Moscow Times.
He added that: “In the coming era of global readjustment, which may last quite long and whose final outlook is unknown, moderate conservatism is the most reasonable line of conduct,” stating that Russia will be guided by the ideology of healthy conservatism.
Rcollective immunity, as they say now, to extremism that leads to upheavals and social and political collapse.” He described the current political and social upheaval by quoting a Chinese proverb: “God forbid living in a time of change,” which is precisely what we are experiencing.
Many remember Putin’s words at the World Economic Forum at Davos this year, where he warned of dark anti-utopian days ahead: “The situation can develop unpredictably… there’s a chance of a real breakdown in global development that’s fraught with a fight of all against all. A global, hot conflict is principally impossible now, I hope. It would mean the end of civilization.”