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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Monday, March 03, 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?

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.

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.  


Blogger ed. dickau said...

The American media and I'm afraid our own government has no appreciation of the History of the area and the Crimean area in particular.

3/3/14, 10:39 AM  
Blogger erich said...

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” - Joseph Goebbels

”One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once, ‘The Unnecessary War.’ There never was a war more easy to stop than that which has just wrecked what was left of the world from the previous struggle.” - Winston Churchill from his memoirs “The Gathering Storm”, preface p. xi]

3/3/14, 12:18 PM  
Blogger erich said...

“Theological and lay spokesmen of the church, such as Reinhold Niebuhr and John Foster Dulles, joined in the propaganda chorus in an effort to persuade the churches that the United States was fighting to end tyranny and establish freedom in the world. To this day [the book was published in 1971] the overwhelming majority of the American people believe that American participation in the Second World War was both necessary and just. Many believe that the Second World War, the cold war, and the Korean War were begun by aggressor nations and that the United States reluctantly entered these conflicts as the champion of both freedom and international morality.” Pp 1-2 John Swomley, American Empire

3/3/14, 12:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This letter is in response to the articles covering the civil unrest
occurring in Ukraine.

As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the Ukrainian people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in many other parts of the world.

Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political
correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard. This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. The Ukrainian people should continue to defy Viktor Yanukovych's powerful security forces so that Ukrainian democracy can begin to thrive. It is unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in Eastern Europe; something that happens all too often domestically as well. It is not the Ukrainian people that are attempting to seize power but rather it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the citizens of Ukraine? Why is the government in power utilizing such political strong-arm tactics as the use of violence?

Viktor Yanukovych, you have had four years to lead Ukraine and have failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime are finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue to sweep among the East European nations. Accordingly, let the call go forth among all citizens of Ukraine that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may encounter during this crisis. To the people of Ukraine, the trumpet of freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.

Ukraine, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you the rightful citizens move forward to reclaim your own country, rise and strike! In the name of those who were murdered fighting for everyone's rights, rise and strike! To end the rule of this evil regime, rise and strike! Let no one continue to fear this man. Let every Ukrainian be strong and fight on for their freedom. Rise and strike!

Viktor Yanukovych, let the people go!

Cleveland, OH USA

3/3/14, 4:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Check out my debate with "US Congressional Policy Advisor" Frederick A. Peterson III on US orchestrated overthrow in Ukraine

3/3/14, 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Credit needs to be given to the Ukrainian people for starting a revolutionary movement and getting rid of a dictator. We know there is more to be done to resist Russian,Neo-Fascist, US, and EU influence.

3/4/14, 9:24 AM  
Blogger Vlad Lojko said...

The reason the new Ukrainian government appointed a new Admiral is because that position was recently vacated when Yanukovich moved the former Admeral to lead the Armed Forces since the former General was not going to use force against the his own people.

3/21/14, 3:12 PM  

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