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  • Re: Ukraine



    Finian Cunningham

    The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order
    for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.

    The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing
    closer trade and political ties - stemming primarily from a vast
    trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American
    dollar as the world's reserve currency.

    So vital are these issues for continued American hegemony that
    Washington is prepared to sacrifice millions of lives in a war between
    Russia and its so-called transatlantic European "ally".

    This shocking revelation comes from a former European NATO commander.

    According to Christof Lehmann, editor of the news and analysis website
    nsnbc international, the European military officer was given the grim
    warning by American counterparts in an off-the-record briefing.

    The European commander, now retired, subsequently confided the
    information with Lehmann, who says that the tensions over Ukraine
    between Russia and Western powers are consistent with this latent
    American threat.

    The original threat was disclosed during the 1980s, but there is
    no reason to believe that the American policy of inciting a war in
    Europe has since changed. This is because the strategic rationale
    for the US bellicose logic remains the same. And recent events over
    Ukraine strongly suggest that Washington's destructive designs are
    still in place.

    Says Lehmann: "In the early 1980s, a European top NATO admiral said
    that American colleagues at the Pentagon had told him, unequivocally,
    that the US and UK would not hesitate in creating a new European war
    if the situation ever arose that Europe and Russia, then the USSR,
    were to develop close relations."

    Central to the American rationale was, and continues to be, the issue
    of energy fuel. Washington does not want to see European and Russian
    economies integrating on the vital issue of trade in oil and gas,
    the foundation for economic and social development.

    Over the past two decades since the end of the Cold War between the
    US-led West and the former Soviet Union, Europe and Russia have seen
    substantial alignment of their economies, primarily due to the enormous
    oil and gas volumes supplied by Moscow. European-Russian bilateral
    trade is well over $1 trillion annually, and is some tenfold that of
    US-Russian trade.

    Russia accounts for nearly one-third of Europe's total hydrocarbon
    fuel consumption. In Germany, the largest European economy, that
    figure rises to 40 per cent. With the new pipelines of the North
    Stream and the currently constructed South Stream, the role of Russia
    as the main energy supplier to Europe is set to grow even more over
    the coming decades.

    Lehmann adds: "The American dominance of the Atlantic axis with
    Western Europe is threatened by this development of closer economic
    ties between Europe and Russia. Germany and the Czech Republic have
    since the end of the Cold War developed close economic and other
    relations with Russia. Both are, together with Austria and Italy,
    pushing a trend towards even tighter relations with Moscow."

    This trend was always seen as a strategic danger by Washington. It
    can be argued that the Cold War from 1945 to 1990 was deliberately
    instigated by the US as a bulwark to counter the naturally inclined
    trade integration between Europe and Russia, owing to the latter's
    prodigious energy reserves and its continental proximity.

    The strategic danger for the US is twofold. Firstly, a close
    relationship between Moscow and Europe would remove the rationale for
    America's military role in NATO and thereby its political influence
    in Europe. The second is that the European-Russian energy trade
    undermines the role of the American dollar as the world's reserve
    currency. Exchange in such a key world market will inevitably move
    to the use of the Euro/Ruble, which would spell the end of global
    American financial hegemony, and with that, the end of the monstrously
    indebted US economy.

    The American economy is already teetering on bankruptcy, with a
    total debt of $17 trillion, and spiraling. American bankruptcy and
    social implosion is an eventuality that is so far only postponed by
    the dollar's continuance as the standard currency for international
    trade in fuel, and the de facto license for the US Federal Reserve to
    keep printing money way beyond any sound economic basis for doing so.

    Says Lehmann: "The development of Russian-European partnership
    would leave the US politically, culturally and economically isolated
    within no more than 25 years. It would also mean that the US would
    become increasingly isolated in terms of its militarism and strategic
    encirclement of Russia and China. The dollar would collapse."

    An important side note is the insidious role of Britain. As the top
    European NATO commander revealed, the American war plans for Europe
    were supported by Britain. This is partly because of the historical
    co-dependence of Anglo-American capitalism, and also, as Lehmann
    points out, "a weakened Atlantic axis would mean a significant loss
    of British influence over Germany and France."

    This is the background to why Washington has sought to create a crisis
    over recent events in Ukraine. Washington has played the key role in
    fomenting regime change in that country, which has seen the rise of an
    unelected fascist junta in Kiev that poses a serious threat to Russia.

    The Kiev demagogues have openly talked of inciting terrorism and mass
    murder against Russia and are willing to install American missiles
    on their Western border with Russia.

    The debacle has led to the worse diplomatic crisis between European
    capitals and Moscow since the end of the Cold War. The possibility
    of a war between nuclear-armed powers may have receded for now,
    but the danger of such a catastrophe remains.

    This weekend Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his
    American counterpart John Kerry for urgent talks in Paris. Reportedly,
    Kerry was holding the meeting to "de-escalate tensions" between Russia
    and the West. The reality is that Washington has done everything to
    escalate this conflict, in particular between Russia and Europe,
    for its own selfish strategic interests. That includes, if deemed
    necessary by the pyromaniacs in Washington, the ignition of all-out
    war in Europe.


    Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international
    affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master's
    graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor
    for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing
    a career in journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter.

    For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major
    news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and
    Independent. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is now located in
    East Africa as a freelance journalist, where he is writing a book on
    Bahrain and the Arab Spring, based on eyewitness experience working in
    the Persian Gulf as an editor of a business magazine and subsequently
    as a freelance news correspondent. The author was deported from
    Bahrain in June 2011 because of his critical journalism in which he
    highlighted systematic human rights violations by regime forces. He
    is now a columnist on international politics for Press TV and the
    Strategic Culture Foundation. More articles by Finian Cunningham
    Hayastan or Bust.


    • Re: Ukraine

      It appears the present Ukrainian government is going to give Putin the very excuse he has been waiting for to invade. I like Putin's plan here-if the government does nothing the Russians take one city at a time and if the government brings troops he will have reason to invade. The real question here is what does the West plan on doing once the war starts? I do not see Ukraine being a country anymore no matter which way this thing goes.
      Hayastan or Bust.


      • Re: Ukraine

        Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
        It appears the present Ukrainian government is going to give Putin the very excuse he has been waiting for to invade. I like Putin's plan here-if the government does nothing the Russians take one city at a time and if the government brings troops he will have reason to invade. The real question here is what does the West plan on doing once the war starts? I do not see Ukraine being a country anymore no matter which way this thing goes.
        It's going to be one hell of a show thatd for sure. Probably the most significant conflict the world has seen since the Soviet-Afghan war, and the most significant conflict in Europe since WWII. It's a little hard for me to blame Russia considering sitting back could result in NATO reaching its doorsteps. On the hand, taking eastern Ukraine will make that a certainty.
        <<եթե զենք էլ չլինի' ես քարերով կկրվեմ>>


        • Re: Ukraine

          Originally posted by Mher View Post
          It's going to be one hell of a show thatd for sure. Probably the most significant conflict the world has seen since the Soviet-Afghan war, and the most significant conflict in Europe since WWII. It's a little hard for me to blame Russia considering sitting back could result in NATO reaching its doorsteps. On the hand, taking eastern Ukraine will make that a certainty.
          Probably NATO had plans to move into Ukraine whether Crimea joined Russia or east Ukraine decided to become an autonomous republic


          • Re: Youkrain

            U.S. giving Putin green light in Ukraine?

            I'm nobody's russophile, but God damn this article puts RT and Lragir to shame.

            "The most urgent necessity now: deploy teams of NATO observers to the cities that are targets of Russian activity in eastern Ukraine."
            Aka invade eastern ukraine and give the green light to WWIII

            "News is arriving of another Syrian chemical attack, in the village of Kfar Zeita, 125 miles northeast of Damascus."
            ya you old bag of xxxx, except you conveniently failed to mention how a pulitzer price winner accused Obama of manipulating that evidence and the current news that Turkey was behind the original attacks.
            <<եթե զենք էլ չլինի' ես քարերով կկրվեմ>>


            • Re: Ukraine

              Some exchanges in the UN
              Hayastan or Bust.


              • Re: Ukraine

                Escalating violence on the ground.
                Hayastan or Bust.


                • Re: Ukraine

                  If Putin knows what he's doing (and he does), he will do everything to provide the appropriate justification for invasion and annexation of southern and eastern Ukraine. This territory - once known as Novorossiya - was historically transferred into the Ukrainian SSR upon creation of the USSR, but was directly conquered by Russia from the Ottomans. Those cities - Donetsk, Kharkiv, Odessa, etc. were builty by Russians along with settlers from outside - Ukrainians, Germans, Greeks, Armenians, etc. NATO/the EU/US are playing with fire. This is a vital matter for Russian national interests. Russia needs to stem the tide and re-establish herself as the unquestioned dominant power of the Black Sea. NATO Nazis OUT!


                  • Re: Ukraine

                    I wonder what happened to our west-loving members like Vrej and gegev? They seem to go silent everytime their beloved west destroys another country and plunges yet another region into war and chaos. I guess hypocrisy makes even the ignorant ones feel shame. Fresh reports of Ukrainian troops defecting to the pro-russian side along with their armored vehicles. Other Ukrainian soldiers are refusing orders from their fascist government to shoot at their own people.
                    Hayastan or Bust.


                    • Re: Ukraine


                      April 15, 2014 - 16:02 AMT

                      PanARMENIAN.Net - Ethnic Armenian Ruben Avanesyan, killed in a standoff
                      between Ukraine's pro-Russian activists and ultranationalists, was
                      commemorated at rally in Donetsk.

                      Avanesyan died of a gunshot wound he received during an attack in
                      the town of Slavyansk.

                      The rally speaker Miroslav Rudnenko called to honor the Avanesyan,
                      survived by two young children, with a minute of silence.

                      At a rally, Rudenko recounted details of the attack. According to him,
                      pro-Russian activists' cars were chased by 2 vehicles when delivering
                      aid to fellow activists in Slavyansk. At one point, the third vehicle
                      blocked the way of the unarmed activists, who were then shelled by
                      the Right Sector ultranationalists.

                      Some activists managed to escape in of the cars. Ruben died in the
                      attack, another activist is comatose in a hospital, and the third
                      received a light injury, Rudenko said.

                      As noted in conclusion, the attack wasn't left unpunished.

                      Earlier, Batkivshchyna All-Ukrainian Union MP Lesya Orobets reported
                      the death of 10 pro-Russian activists as "positive news" on her
                      Facebook page.

                      Meanwhile, the Donetsk Oblast internal affairs ministry's main
                      department denied the report of 10 deaths in Slavyansk shooting,
                      Rosbalt said.


                      Hayastan or Bust.