Dateline Moscow, 9 May 2015. Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) rumble through the streets of Moscow as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) soldiers march in the parade.
Did you see that the SS-27 Mod 2 (aka RS-24 Yars) ICBMs were prominent in the World War II Victory Parade held earlier this month in Moscow? They are hard to miss. These are the second in the SS-27 series that are replacing older Soviet-era systems. Some unclassified estimates say that by the end of next year, fully half of the old systems will be retired and replaced by the SS-27 series (fully complete by 2024ish). Unlike the SS-27 Mod 1’s, the SS-27 Mod 2’s are Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle (MIRV) capable.
If one hadn’t guessed it already with the occupation of Crimea and the continual push to isolate and ultimately re-conquer the Ukraine, Russia is not content to let the United States be the only world power. The systematic modernization of the Russian long range nuclear arsenal should give one pause, of nothing else — pause to ponder about what escalation could possibly bring. Would Europe and the United States go to *that* threshold to keep Ukraine free?
The PRC’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers look quite impressive during the parade. There are Youtube videos of them online, as well as quite a few photographs. The presidents of China, India, Egypt, South Africa and a number of former Soviet Socialist Republics (including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) were present for the occasion. American and European leadership was absent, primarily as a protest over the Ukraine.
Interestingly, this division fits in well with Russian political theorist Aleksandr Dugin’s Neo-Eurasianism and his “4th Political Theory.” While there is not really the space today for a deeper analysis, nor for presenting evidence to show the importance of Mr. Dugin (described as “Putin’s Brain” by Foreign Affairs magazine), Neo-Eurasianism hopes to unite those opposed to what they describe as “the US and its unipolar hegemony” over the world. Dugin predicts that the 21st century will be one of conflict between Eurasianists and Atlanticists (i.e. the USA and its allies around the world). The Neo-Eurasianists hold that only a strong Russia, working together with its allies, can prevail against the Atlanticists.
The World War II victory parade in Moscow may be one more data point towards proving out Mr. Dugin’s prediction.
More to follow……….