by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 3, 2014
A couple of people have wondered if I exaggerated the possibility of war with Russia over Ukraine. I don’t think so – in fact I would suggest that the proxy war is already underway.
Two of the first things that happened following the US led coup d’etat in Ukraine was the “new government” declaring that Russian would be removed as one of the official languages (Ukraine has millions of Russians in it) and that the ban on Nazi symbols and ideology would be lifted. It cannot be said often enough that many of the violent agitators in Kiev were in fact the ultra-nationalist descendants of those Ukrainian Nazi sympathizers who supported Hitler’s invasion of the former Soviet Union during WW II.
But there is even more. NSNBC International reports the following:
“Being one of the most reliable sources of information about the activities of Turkey’s intelligence service MIT and Turkey’s armed forces, Aydinlik Daily quotes a “source that has spoken with the newspaper”, alleging, that an intelligence unit linked to Turkey’s intelligence service MIT has headed to the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic Crimea to provoke Crimean Turks to act against the ethnic Russian majority and Russian interests in the autonomous republic. The source reported that the deployment of the Turkish unit has been coordinated with both the USA and EU.”
Translated this essentially means that for all the moralistic talk coming from the Obama administration about how Russia should not be intervening in Crimea, the US-NATO are, and have been, deeply embedded in the drive to take over Ukraine.
Russian intelligence obviously is aware that this “low intensity” warfare is now being directed by US-NATO. That is why Putin asked his governing body for permission to move Russian forces into the Crimea to stabilize the situation.
I am indeed a lifelong peace activist. I don’t support war. But I also have always believed that someone under attack has the right to defend himself or herself. Whether they were the Native Americans; people in Nicaragua being attacked by the US funded and trained Contras; the Syrian government now under attack by CIA and Saudi Arabian funded and trained Al Qaeda forces; or anywhere else – they have a right to defend their lands.
This morning I watched a bit of mainstream TV news just to get a feel for what the talking heads were saying. Here are some of the things I heard:
- We must put economic sanctions on Russia
- Putin does “not care” what the US thinks
- We must “roll back this Russian invasion”
- Putin is not in touch with reality
- It’s almost like we are dealing with North Korea
- Putin is “unstable”
- There is “confusion in Moscow”
- Putin is clumsy
- There could be a military collision
- US should help bail out Ukraine
The blog post below with the video of Victoria Nuland speaking last December, on a stage decorated with the logos of ExxonMobil and Chevron, is particularly important as she reveals that the oil-i-garchy “invested” $5 billion in this project. There can be no doubt that the US-NATO have pulled this stunt and is that not a violation of international law to destabilize and overthrow an elected government? (Even if you don’t approve of it?) Is that not an act of war toward neighboring Russia and would not Russia have the right to take measures to stabilize the situation?
Victoria Nuland: Ukrainians Deserve For Respect From Their Government
Ukraine in Washington: US-Ukraine Foundation on Dec 18, 2013
Yesterday I watched a video from a news conference where Ukrainian Navy Rear Admiral Berezovsky (who had just been appointed to that post by the “new revolutionary government” in Kiev) had come to Crimea and announced that he was not going to support the coup d’etat and instead pledged himself to the Crimean government, which is allied to Russia. The mainstream American media this morning was spinning that story by saying Berozovsky had “surrendered” to Russia.
Ukraine’s Navy chief swears allegiance to Crimea
RT on Mar 2, 2014
As you can see on the map above this whole situation is about natural gas and oil. Russia’s huge supplies of natural gas are shipped to Europe and other locations by pipelines that run throughout Ukraine. ExxonMobil, Chevron and other western oil majors want control of these resources. Like we’ve seen in Iraq, Libya, Venezuela and other places that have natural resources, Mr. Big is quite willing to destabilize and go to war if necessary to grab these resources. This is a long-term project by the US-NATO and they are just getting started.
Mr. Big is a bully and when anyone stands up to the bully they will be demonized.
[DS added the video.]
Obama: “No Country Has The Right To Send In Troops To Another Country Unprovoked”
World2Awakens7 on Mar 3, 2014
March 03, 2014 CNN
Rick Rozoff: Ukraine: A Nazi-like Victory of US/NATO Lawlessness + Kerry tells Russia ‘one doesn’t invade country on phony pretext’
Preparing For War With Russia by Bruce Gagnon
Putin Faces Down Obama Over Ukraine by Finian Cunningham
The US Arrogance Stirs Me by Bruce Gagnon
Ukraine Shows Russia On Washington’s ‘To Do’ List For Regime Change by Finian Cunningham
From the archives:
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War by William Blum
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I find Bruce Gagnon’s work particularly incisive.
It is eminently clear that the “corporate” oligopolists are in parasitic “symbiosis” with the military machinery of the world. The illusion of “national” separation is maintained to preserve the hallucinatory state of perpetual war and impoverished vulnerability.
These megalomaniacs will never risk a real global conflagration, it is a bluff to perpetuate control. That control is no longer viable, because it is all predicated on their paper money mythologies and a digital calculus that is not backed by anything other than habituated pseudo-scientific “faith” in electronically determined “systems.”
The “world” runs on these spurious algorithms. We need to recognize, regenerate & maintain our own biological systemics, that are organically resistant to these viral abstractions. In other words, strengthen the immune system of the living Earth.
…And, I should add ~ rewrite the rule of law so that it is thoroughly compatible with those universal realities that consciousness reveals and corroborates as empirical, demonstrable truths. In short, truths that can only be understood and acknowledged through the rich diversity of human experience.
“Strengthen the immune system of the living Earth”. Some look at the world’s rivers and see them as the arteries and veins of a living planet. These natural gas/oil pipelines are similar. The wars which result from competition over these “energy arteries” represents a cancerous condition that must first be diagnosed, second admitted/acknowledged, and then treated in ways that cures the cancer. The cancer is business competition that includes violence and war as an “acceptable” business strategy/tactic.
Thanks Jerry. We really need governments that put rivers and forests first, ahead of spurious “business” interests and ecocidal methods.
I definitely agree with you, as there are so many new ways to make business a commendable social enterprise that are now well advanced ~ for example see http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/not-business-as-usual/
It’s surely a question of how rapidly intelligent change can outpace and reverse the criminal damage that is so severely threatening all of life now.
I think the real problem is a widespread addiction to habitual default attitudes, a blind surrender to a kind of automated, conditioned reflex response that has been bred in the bone…this must be addressed ~ urgently.