by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 4, 2014
I am learning so much from all this work going on now about Ukraine. Statements, or even meanderings, have been trickling sporadically from the leadership of many peace groups in the US and then they’ve been very cautious. Caution even from folks who know what is really going on. The old ‘anti-reds’ hysteria from the past still lives here in the US of A. But the up swell of interest and concern from every day grassroots activists is strong and they are seeing the bigger picture.
The big picture is what drives me…. I’m a visual learner. Once I get a feel for what is going on I can then find the rest of the pieces filling in the puzzle on the wall. So here are a few more sharings of some good honest thinking by some stalwarts in the peace movement.
I suspect this entire Ukraine Crisis had been war-gamed and war planned quite some time ago at the highest levels of US/NATO. Notice DOD slipped 2 US warships into the Black Sea just before the Olympics under a patently absurd pretext. In other words, what we are seeing unfold here is a US/NATO War Plan. They instigated the fascist coup against Yanukovich. They anticipated that Putin would then respond by taking over Crimea. I suspect the US/NATO/EU response will be to introduce military forces into Western Ukraine and Kiev and thus make Ukraine a de facto member of NATO, which has been their objective all along. They have already anticipated what Putin’s next move after that will be. Notice also the massive anti-Russian campaign by the Western News Media working in lock-step with each other. Another sign that all this has been planned well in advance. I suspect that US/NATO/EU figure that Putin knows they have this offensive, first-strike strategic nuclear capability with a rudimentary ABM/BMD capability so that at the end of the day he will be forced to stand down—or else. Compellence as opposed to Deterrence. Just like during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That is where this US/NATO/EU War Plan is heading on the assumptions that they can keep their deliberate Escalation Dominance under their control and that at the end day Putin will be forced to stand down just like Khrushchev did and for the same reasons. That would leave US/NATO/EU in control of at least half of Ukraine as a de facto NATO member state.
– Francis A. Boyle, Champaign, IL, Lawyer, professor of International Law, and long-time peacenik
Last summer when I went to a conference in the Philippines on the US “pivot” to Asia-Pacific I met Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World in Malaysia. This white haired elder man, in a wheel chair, glowed with a beauty of love and joy. When he spoke about globalization’s control of governments I was listening hard. He wrote this (and more) here:
If Ukraine is on the brink of a catastrophe, it is mainly because the present regime in Kiev and its supporters, backed by certain Western powers had violated a fundamental principle of democratic governance. They had ousted a democratically elected president through illegal means. President Viktor Yanukovich who had come to power through a free and fair election in 2010 should have been removed through the ballot-box.
His opponents not only betrayed a democratic principle. They subverted a ‘Peace Deal’ signed between them and Yanukovich on 21 February 2014 in which the latter had agreed to form a national unity government within 10 days that would include opposition representatives; reinstate the 2004 Constitution; relinquish control over Ukraine’s security services; and hold presidential and parliamentary elections by December 2014. According to the Deal, endorsed by Germany, France and Poland, Yanukovich would remain president until the elections.
His co-signatories had no intention of honouring the agreement. Without following procedures, parliament, with the backing of the military, voted immediately to remove Yanukovich and impeach him. The Parliamentary Speaker was elected interim President and after a few days a new regime was installed.
– Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Malaysia
A key bit that must continually be inserted into discussions about Ukraine is NATO expansion and US “missile defense” deployments encircling Russia.
When the Berlin Wall fell in December of 1991 the Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen separate countries. Daddy Bush’s Secretary of State James Baker promised Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader, that NATO would not expand one-centimeter eastward. Once Clinton took over he broke the promise and since that time NATO has been on steroids. NATO now includes Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia…. with Georgia and Ukraine waiting in the wings.
If you are Russia you are freaking out. Also consider NATO bases encircling Russia and new “missile defense” deployments going into Poland, Romania, Turkey and on US Navy Aegis destroyers (outfitted with MD interceptors) in the Black, Barents, Bering, and Mediterranean Seas. It’s a chess game and US-NATO has now checkmated Russia. The ultimatum is either surrender (your natural gas, oil and national treasury) or face a unified NATO economic freeze and war if need be. It’s high-stakes… high-risk strategy…Texas style.
Admittedly this is a grab by the oil-i-garchs for total global control. The people are the pawns, easily cast aside when need be. The way I figure it, my job is to keep learning about all this and sharing it with others. Don’t fear the anti-commie BS that is used to put people back ‘into their place’. I don’t like people telling me what I can do or say…. I heard enough of that stuff while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Help illuminate the picture on the wall for more to see. We’ve all, worldwide, got to create a unified demand to shut the capitalist war system down. The corporate fascists have taken over. It’s the high-tech version of feudalism.
Ukraine: The Dangers of Dealing with Delusional Western Leaders + Putin Holds Aces, Obama Deuces by Finian Cunningham
Lighting The Fires For Chaos In Ukraine by Bruce Gagnon
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
I live in Europe and what is making me shake my head is to see how stupidly gullible the EU is proving itself. Always in awe of ‘Amerika’ and not even shaken up by all the Snowden revelations about NSA spying. As for trying to box in ‘the bear’…keep trying, you won’t succeed. As for China…careful.
Totally agree about Russia. I’d be interested to know what European region you’re in, I’d assumed you were posting from the US.
I’m not sure that we should be so surprised about the inscrutable silence, as it would seem to indicate a depth of collusion and complicity among the “intelligence” cognoscenti.
In my opinion, where the EU has really failed, is to recognize that US “interests” have conspired to wreck our economies. The Euro has been a real threat to Wall St.
Mind you, given the levels of corruption and Irish style overspend, it is not exactly a mystery.
Some UK companies are said to be pulling out of China now, since the big downturn, so it’s still old-style opportunism and dog-eat-dog everywhere you look ~ except among those who can be said to be examples of a youthful new business, entrepreneurial, avant-garde, who strongly embrace social responsibility.
I believe that is the growing sector about which we may have some cause for optimism.
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No brainer ~ it’s corporate fascist anarchy, the perfectly interlocking tick-tock dictatorship of the “Swiss-exposed” 147 Club. It’s check-mated itself.
The true red-line between Russia and the US has always been Canada, and Canada is the world’s most progressive basket case, a basket-full to overflowing with US dollar-funded-pollution.
I agree with Michael C. Ruppert in “Apocalypse, Man” part 3 @ around 3 minutes (VICE film in 6 parts) when he says money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is…that the dollar needs to fail ~ for the benefit of humanity.
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I agree with you, Bruce. This didn’t happen over night. It was well scripted. And Russia is being hit economically right now… There’s a financial crisis going on that I’ve read was being compared to 2008. Yes, this has all been orchestrated.
This week the U.S. just convinced the Czechs to cancel a major contract for a nuclear reactor, and award it to Westinghouse instead… Not that I think any more nuclear reactors should be built. They should all be shut down. But the U.S. is actively pursuing a policy of controlling the global nuclear industry as well.
So economic sanctions and maneuvers are being applied to screw Russia.
Americans are sluggish. There’s no other way to describe it. I’m glad to hear that some peace activists are responding. But you’re up against a vast and comprehensive war propaganda machine that has been painting Russians and Chinese as the enemy for some years. When I lived in China for four years, it never ceased to anger and amaze me how the Western press twisted everything to diss the Chinese… resorting to outright lies and fabrications as well.
Everyone talked to in the U.S. across the political spectrum were negative about China… so gullible.
i agree with every thing you say except that russia has been check mated!!hitler couldn’t checkmate russia and niether can we!!! they only way to stop this insanity is for the american people to do what we did in the 70s,take to the streets ,with massive strikes and protests but alas,i don’t see that happening any time soon!!