Finian Cunningham and Pepe Escobar: Ukraine War is Desperate Bid by US to Preserve Hegemony and Prevent Multipolar World

22-02-05 No War with Russia Code Pink

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 1, 2023

Finian Cunningham on Jan 28, 2023

The war in Ukraine is not just about Ukraine and Russia with the US and NATO acting as seemingly benevolent supporters of Ukraine, as the Western media portray.

The United States and its NATO allies are deeply involved in the conflict. The military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 – after 20 years of futile occupation – was a calculated “reorganization of firepower” against Russia, says Pepe Escobar.

Ukraine is merely a proxy and ultimately cannon fodder for American imperial planners.

This war is part of a bigger geopolitical confrontation between the US and Russia, China and other nations that are pushing for the emergence of a multipolar world. That is a multipolar world no longer under the hegemony of US-dominated Western capitalism.

Pepe Escobar assesses the bigger picture and outlines how the US imperial state is in “panic mode” to shore up the collapsing American-controlled global capitalist system, and in particular the privileged position of the US dollar.

Going to war with Russia presently and in the longer term against China is part of the desperate dynamic to prolong the dominant position of Washington that was established after the Second World War. That postwar imperial order – euphemistically called the “rules-based order” – is increasingly falling into disrepute from unbridled imperialist wars and abuse of financial controls.

The vast majority of the planet wants liberation from the US/Western warmongering system that underpins capitalist exploitation that only enriches a global elite. The war in Ukraine is but the manifestation of the breakdown in US global power and the desperation to preserve the systematic inequality that defines capitalism.

This year is fraught with extreme danger, says Pepe Escobar. But if the psychotic US deep-state planners can be contained by Russia and China without an all-out catastrophic war erupting then there is a chance of a more hopeful, peaceful and just world order emerging.

Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at the Strategic Culture Foundation and a Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at

From the archives:

10 Ways the War in Ukraine Threatens Our Environment

Seymour Hersh: How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline + Transcript

Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: It’s Just Another Debacle By The War Profiteers

Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: Multipolarity and the Decline of US Hegemony

Finian Cunningham and Scott Ritter: This is a Proxy War Between NATO and Russia

Brian Becker and Lee Camp: What Next For The Anti-War Movement?

ICBM: Incubating Catastrophe Beyond Measure, by David Swanson

John Pilger: The US is Escalating War Tensions With China in Desperate Bid to Maintain Global Power, interviewed by Finian Cunningham

Michael Hudson: The World Bank Has Always Been An Arm Of The U.S Military

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