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Singularity

"In whipping rain and waves of five meters, the gray patrol boat was a crackling and sparkling victim of the enormous forces of nature, but Åkesson played as usual with the helm, rolling like a roulette wheel in his strong and steady hands, all in silent swearing and deep concentration . Captain Nilsson, as always, pulled on rubber boots and stood on the rubber mat when thunder and lightning crossed the ocean, shortly commanded his three-man strong crew. Sailor Johannesson had pulled the gun's canopy in the stern and sat down with a grin. He nodded at me and I waved forward along the rail, straightened the boat cap and lifted the megaphone:

 

Vnimanie. Shvedskij korolevskij flot preduprezhdaet: vashe sudno nahoditsja v shvedskih territorialnyh vodah. Vozmite juzhnyj course.

 

My calls over the radio had been ignored, so we had hunted down the frigate and gone up sideways, but if the Soviet frigate now did not hear our call, it was time for the next phrase in Russian, which contained a warning about fire. Johannesson's grin had been transformed into febrile thought activities. It was not very difficult to hit the frigate, and probably he was ready, but it was a dizzying experience to sit with a loaded gun in the middle of the Baltic Sea a cold and stormy winter afternoon. My studies in Russian military and military terminology came handy in my first dramatic conversation with Russians. Like Johannesson, well the whole crew, my throat was dry with excitement and patriotism. While we waited, Johannesson's boat cap went further on his head, somewhat against the rules, and his blonde hair blew in the hard wind. He was a 19-year-old man, ready to die for his country a rainy afternoon in the Sea of Peace a couple of miles south of Falsterbo. Captain Nilsson had the base in Falsterbo on the radio, which in turn had the Armed Forces in his ear. There was a tense line throughout the country, the words of which were now translated into a deadly phrase in Russian by me, commanded by Captain Nilsson in the vibrant south swedish dialect, and then Johannesson would write his name in the history of the Cold War forever. But to Johannesson's great disappointment, the super power abided. The frigate took southern course as a gray ghost from foreign land. We went a few meters after a couple of miles to emphasize our determination. me at the raid, Johannesson at the canon, the captain lightly on the toe in his rubber boots, eagerly reporting, Åkesson quietly rolling the helm.

It was a big event at our little base, and we even received praise by the commandeer, also he captain Nilsson, at the shift of guards ahead of our vacant week. After a couple of weeks, we also received guests in sunglasses on one of our patrols. They asked if I was interested in other services. I replied that I had once tried the military radio troops and was not the one who asked twice. I did not know then that my Russian was too good and meant for other assignments. I could not know then that the captain of that frigate recorded the event as evidence that the Swedish coastal fleet had Soviet defectors in its service, judging by the Russian spoken out on the Baltic Sea. This and later grades I pass on to the Slavic institution at Lund University. "

 

The introduction to my book about russian thinking, A journey from Malmö to Moscow, carries the traces of a question discussed by Freud and Einstein in the interwar period.

 

There was no doubt that the crew was ready to give fire, and there was no doubt that the country was entitled to peace in its territory. But the West and the Soviet Union had made rules, which were largely followed by both sides. It was a rule for avoiding war, and both Kant, Freud and Einstein had discussed the issue and found that organizations such as the UN, OPCW, WTO, IAEA, Council of Europe, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and all other other groups of countries with strange abbreviations was the way of humanity. However, in his correspondence with Einstein, Freud pointed out that there was a problem in human nature that also pertained to nations: congenital and natural aggressiveness. This meant, according to Freud, that there was a risk in every organization, that countries were deprived of a part of sovereignty, that within the organization a majority was formed that would soon undermine the organization's ideals and purposes. Public law would be used for the purposes of aggression. The original group that created the UN after the war, according to Freud's letter to Einstein, would divide itself as a cell to create new contradictions. Today, we see that not only the symbolic continuation of the war, sport, but also the UN and all international organizations have become a group's organizations and that this group speaks in the name of international law. This means that the right underlying the entire design is conquered by a limited group. WADA can claim anything about doping, the UN can issue resolutions about events that have not taken place and attribute to any country any aggression, and OPCW and the International Court may find out who has committed war crimes, underlining that they have not been committed by the Group Members. The violence that created the organizations became a right, which has now again been replaced by violence. Organizations are empty shells of violence and no longer contain any rights. Change in systems of a single cause are called singularity. The reason for this state of affairs is a just one, namely the fall of the Soviet Union. The imbalance after the Russian withdrawal has called out the innate and natural aggression Freud described for Einstein. It is time for a new power competition, which will restore the balance. There could have been another development, according to Freud, if what he calls culture had been advised and guided by people and nations. But we are as far away from culture now as we have been, and we have seen how countries were crushed by those who retained and expanded their power in international organizations. They have become war organizations instead of legal organizations. The hope for the international justice system is also singular, namely Russia. The historically interested knows that war always walks east, never west, at least since Russia stopped the mongols and the turks. The Soviet Union is actually the only empire that created peace between nations, like the Roman, but also the fate of Russia is to bear the burden of The Third Rome. It is a thought that should make historians think that there was war before the Soviet Union and after, and that it was the Soviet Union that won the Great War. In Soviet times, peace ruled except for Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, which were American war of aggression. The Cold War was still quite peaceful, and perhaps heading for the peaceful reason Freud called culture. The Swedish Army never spoke of war in Soviet times, it was, as it were, impossible, after all, while today it is being seen as almost desirable. But that day on the Baltic Sea, Sweden had a defense, today not. It is strange that the war cry is higher when there is no substance behind the words. It is also a fact that Sweden after the fall of the Soviet Union has participated in war all over the world against defenseless people and states, we even gave our support to terrorism. It is Freud's inherent aggression. Einstein writes to Freud about human hysterical war desire, and Freud answers that there are two principles, Instinct and Passion, which he then gives the names of Love and Hate, but he dare not take the step to the concepts of Good and Evil. He means that one contains the other, so that love contains aggression and vice versa. What's good or bad is not really Freud's table. Defending your country in the waters of the Baltic is love, while some maybe felt aggression that just waited to cheer over a sinking Soviet frigate. There was surely also some Soviet military men, who would have liked to see an attack in order to free their aggression. Freud mentions that Bolshevism was aiming to eradicate aggression by means of equality and welfare, but that he was doubtful about the experiment. But it is an unlikely fact that the very existence of the superpower Soviet Union paved the way for the pacifism Freud and Einstein sought in world politics. By the way, we see that the only reason for peace in the world is Russia. Otherwise, both Syria and North Korea and Iran would have been added to the long list of aggression objects. The big question is what it is in Russian culture that makes it the only civilization with peace as a leading star. The thought did not hit me until later: the Soviet frigate could as well have sunk our patrol boat, if we had not tampered our aggression.

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