By invading Ukraine in 2014, President Vladimir Putin’s Russia has posed a fundamental challenge to the values and principles on which the European Union was founded, and to the rules-based system that has kept the peace in Europe since 1945. Neither Europe’s leaders nor its citizens are fully aware of the scope of this challenge, much less how to deal with it. —George Soros
Russia never “invaded” the Ukraine. America and NATO overthrew the government of that nation knowing full well that Russia would respond. Besides the fact that Eastern Ukraine in the Donbass area, like the Crimea, is significantly majority Russian speaking and of Russian descent, a considerable amount of the Russian’s military industrial production was domiciled there. Did Russia lend support to the rebellion against the Neo-Nazi pro-EU Kiev American puppet government? Of course they did and so would America if faced with similar circumstances, say in Canada.
It is all the game of bear baiting and goading Putin to generate enough food for the western propaganda machinery to build the case for the eventual war against Russia. It is not about Putin or his domestic policies, it is about Putin’s leadership in the renewal of Russian nationalism, for nationalism is even above Christianity as the most unacceptable impediment to the secular humanists transnational corporate visions of a world without the anachronistic nation-states that stubbornly cling to existence. Russia, as it exists today, will always be the enemy of the American/Anglo/German empire.
If one wants to identify the people responsible for rising tensions in Europe with the Russian Federation, then look no further then the knaves, lunatics and yellow bellies of NATO.
Let’s start with the knaves. The biggest knave of all is the US president Barack Obama. Many Americans voted for Obama hoping for a real change in government. Instead they got the same ol’, same on neoliberal, neocon Republicanism, only worse. They got a slick, smooth-talking sharper who does not blanch at telling the most outlandish, outrageous lies. The dystopian world anticipated by Orwell in 1984 has arrived.
From Obama’s point of view, he is not lying, of course; he is «creating new realities». It’s a great line and it could have come from Orwell, but it didn’t. It came from George W Bush’s right hand man, Karl Rove. It was in 2004. The United States and its first butler, Great Britain, had just destroyed Iraq. The Bush administration was boasting of victory so it seemed at the time. Rove claimed that «reality» was a superfluous consideration. «That’s not the way the world really works anymore», Rove said. «We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do».
Rove said it, and Obama demonstrates Rove’s law, almost every time he speaks publically. You might laugh at how preposterous Obama has become, but it’s no laughing matter when it comes to NATO and its encirclement of Russia. NATO had its big «summit» meeting in Warsaw this month. The city was plastered with posters comparing Russia to the Nazi SS.
You know Poland, or maybe you don’t, but its Russophobia dates back centuries and is rooted in its failure to gain control of the Ukrainian and Byelorussian borderlands between Russia and Poland. In its perennial wars with Russia, it almost always lost. So Polish nationalists, let’s call them sore losers, want to even the score, and what better way to do it then with the help of NATO. Does the Polish government have a hidden agenda: to re-establish Poland’s frontiers of 1772 and its great power status? Let’s call it the tail wagging the dog.