Well I for one am excited by a new Cold War, since I have to admit, I didn’t really stop and look around me during the last one.
My primary school teacher decided not to prepare us for confirmation, describing it as a waste of time, and instead read us the story of Fatima. One of the secrets told to the children by the Virgin Mary, he revealed to us (it wasn’t in the book he was reading from) was that some day Russia would soon convert. In fact, the secret was a lot more interesting than that: World War II was a consequence of people failing to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but after the Pope consecrated Russia, the country would soon convert. As it did, sort of, 40 years later. Most of what I knew of Russia at the time was from Rocky IV, and ‘Russians’ by Sting, but I was afraid of it nonetheless, because it was quite a regular occurrence in those days to hear reports on Monday mornings of visiting priests at Mass who had claimed the world was going to end. You could tell that if it happened, the Russians -who didn’t believe in God- would have something to do with it.
Anyway, turns out that Virgin Mary was talking nonsense: Russia is on the turn, possibly something to do with insufficient devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The real disaster is that it can’t be consecrated twice, so the Pope is powerless. And I still am not clear on what confirmation was all about.
Pepe Escobar gives some sort of pinko clown conspiracy analysis above, quoting selectively from a clutch of minor player weirdoes like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Holbrooke and so on. No mention of Fatima though, which is disappointing.