The year 2015 will be forever remembered to us for its terrible events. The acts of barbarian terrorism hit Europe in a way we never saw before. We will keep in our hearts the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks: Parisians, Petersburgers, residents of other European cities. Over the past few months, citizens asking strong measurers against terrorism are growing rapidly. The problem is not only about terrorists vs. the civilized world – the confrontation of cultures and religions is a key factor in the current developement of the situation. In July, it was reported that the Daesh/ISIS have destroyed a three-meter statue of the Lion of al-Latfrom Palmyra, whose age is two thousand years. Bel Temple, dedicated to the local supreme deity – one of the most important buildings of ancient Palmyra. Jihadists deliberately destroying ancient UNESCO architectural monuments of considerable historical importance for the whole world is a proof of how radicalism can penetrate in the heart of the Islamists. This challenge is facing our European civilization. It is not the first time in European history when barbarism has threaten civilization, and the only one reasonable answer will be consider ourselves a real association of all free people and fight our common enemy.
Is Europe ready to answer? That’s the question.
We live in a common cultural space and it’s called Europe. Our cooperation should go further and not only focusing on the delivery of energy resources, the sale of goods and services, but increasing the exchange of ideas making possible the understanding of our European cultures and having an active leading approach to the Eurasian neighbourhood.
Europe presented to Russia new philosophical concepts and enriched our country with discoveries and advanced technologies. Also Russia generously shared the ideas, national geniuses and arts. In Europe, for a long time, great Russians as Wassily Kandinsky and his paints, Ivan Bunin, Maya Plisetskaya, who lived in Spain and lead the ballet of the Spanish National Theatre of Lyrics, the Spaniards called «a native Russian and a Spaniard by nationality», Konstantin Balmont his poetry, Nabokov who worked and lived commited to our common civilased values. We have in common Nobel prizes and hundred of artists, leaders, inventors… History!
Traveling from one country to another, creating works of art in different parts of our common space, cultural leaders like invisible dots were able to connect our countries. We can find out proofs throughout our European history. For example B.F. Rastrelli, Italian architect, who worked in Saint Petersburg during the 18th century. It was normal that Russian artists were traveling to Germany and viceversa. Our Empress Catherine the Great was German! It is worth to mention the Russian emigration due to some of the most influential aristocratic families moved to France and became part of the French society where still they live nowadays.
History put everything in its place and the ideological fights didn’t break all the cooperation bridges between us. Most of those people are considered great Europeans and the builders of our common home. And that’s why the current European politicians should increase their talks about the need to rebuild a common European home – from Lisbon to Vladivostok.
There is no other way to protect our Civilisation and liberties. European policy makers, including our leaders in Russia and every politician at national, regional and local level have the responsabilty to bring peace and destroy the terrorist wherever they could be. We owe a better world to our new generations.
Is Europe aware of that?