Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ukraine Update March 27, 2014

What Putin Thinks
This is what Putin thinks: The Americans promised Gorbachev that they would not take NATO into Eastern Europe, but the Americans did. The Americans withdrew from the ABM Treaty, which prohibited escalating the arms race with anti-ballistic missile systems. The Americans arranged with Poland to deploy anti-ballistic missile bases on Poland’s border with Russia. The Americans tell us the fantastic lie that the purpose of American missile bases in Poland is to protect Europe from non-existent Iranian ICBMs. The Americans change their war doctrine to elevate nuclear weapons from a retaliatory deterrent to a pre-emptive first strike force. The Americans pretend that this change in war doctrine is directed at terrorists, but we know it is directed at Russia. The Americans have financed “color revolutions” in Georgia and Ukraine and hope to do so in the Russian Federation itself. The Americans support the terrorists in Chechnya. The Americans trained and equipped the Georgian military and gave it the green light to attack our peacekeepers in South Ossetia. The Americans have financed the overthrow of the elected government in Ukraine and blame me for the anxiety this caused among Crimeans who on their own volition fled Ukraine and returned to Russia from whence they came. Even Gorbachev said that Khrushchev should never have put Crimea into Ukraine. Solzhenitsyn said that Lenin should not have put Russian provinces into eastern and southern Ukraine. Now I have these Russian provinces agitating to return to Russia, and the Americans are blaming me for the consequences of their own reckless and irresponsible actions.
From Paul Craig Roberts' article: How much war does Washington want?

Obama says 'bigger nations cannot simply bully smaller ones'. Wait... what?

Nigel Farage: 'Europe has blood on its hands in Ukraine'

Pepe Escobar: Why the EU can't 'isolate' Russia
German Chancellor Angela Merkel could teach US President Barack Obama one or two things about how to establish a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As if Obama would listen. He'd rather boost his constitutional law professor self, and pompously lecture an elite eurocrat audience in the glittering Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, like he did this Wednesday, on how Putin is the greatest threat to the US-administered global order since World War II. Well, it didn't go that well; most eurocrats were busy taking selfies or twittering.

Putin, meanwhile, met with the CEO of German engineering and electrical conglomerate Siemens, Joe Kaeser, at his official residence outside Moscow. Siemens invested more than US$1.1 billion in Russia over the past two years, and that, Kaeser said, is bound to continue. Angela was certainly taking notes.

Obama couldn't behave otherwise. The constitutional law expert knows nothing about Russia, in his (meager) political career never had to understand how Russia works, and may even fear Russia - surrounded as he is by a coterie of spectacularly mediocre aids...
Russia is global not regional power: parliamentarian

Obama compares Russia's "brute force" referendum in Crimea with Iraq War
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
Joseph Goebbels
The thing is, when you take the big lie to the next level, you have complete bullshit. Then people think you must be, you know, mental. Which is why, following his preposterous statement in Brussels, during a visit that cost his European hosts $10 million, no one clapped. Hey, at least they didn't laugh out loud.

Russian troop buildup on Ukraine border?

Concerning which, Obama said:
we oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation.

Ukraine's US-backed, unelected government includes Russophobic neo-Nazi's who control the military and the security services. A prominent candidate for President of Ukraine has expressed the desire to machine-gun or nuke Ukraine's eight million ethnic Russians. The Government in Kyiv has hired foreign mercenaries to impose control over Ukraine's majority Russian-speaking Eastern provinces.

So how's Russia supposed to react?

Russia has adopted America's favorite pretext for aggressive war, the so-called "Responsibility to Protect." But in this case, Putin has a perfectly valid reason to suspect that Ukraine's ethnic Russians may be in need of physical protection. By making clear that Russia will intervene to prevent the oppression of Russians in Eastern Ukraine, the Government of Russia is engaging in a legitimate and responsible exercise in R-2-P. Not that that has prevented O'Bomber from comparing Russia's actions to America's grotesque war crimes in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

Der Spiegel: The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

How Sanctions Against Russia Could Signal the Beginning of ‘World War III’

German chancellor Merkel against imposition of economic sanctions on Russia

This may mark the beginning of the end of US global hegemony. Germany, the powerhouse of the EU economy, which is the largest economy in the world, has massive investments in Russia, by both giant firms such as VW and Siemens, and hundreds of the mittelstand firms that powered Germany's post war economic miracle. The last thing Germany wants is to kill this profitable collaboration between German capital and know-how and Russia's great human and natural resources.

But if Germany and Russia become interdependent, then American interests will have to take second place to joint German–Russian interests, and there's really nothing the US can do about it. With Europe's economic clout and Russia's military clout, the US will be checked if not check-mated.

Swiss Nix Russian Sanctions

See also:

Ukraine Update March 26, 2014
Ukraine Update March 24, 2014
Our Nazi Friends In Ukraine
Ukraine: Motes and Beams
Ukraine Fallout
The Financial Times' Insane Spin on the Crimea Vote for Union with Russia
Message from the Mainstream: Putin Must Be Paranoid, He Thinks Nazi-NATO Threatens Russia
Ukraine Update March 14, 2014
Killers in Kiev: Located in Buildings Controlled By Maidan — Coordinated by US Special Forces?
Ukrainian PM, Arse Yatsenyuk: A Globalist Stooge Funded by Chatham House, NATO, and the US State Department
For Ukraine, What's Wrong With Independence?
Putin’s Lost the Plot, In a World of His Own, Just a Total Loser, LOL
BBC: Neo-Nazis in Kiev
Those Whom the United States Seeks to Destroy, They First Call Hitlerites
Nato Snipers in Kiev and planned false-flag attacks on the Ukrainian military
Ukraine Hypocrisy
Want to Know What Russia Wants in Ukraine? Listen to What Russia Says
Ukraine Update, March 2, 2014
Reaping the Ukrainian Whirlwind: Tyranny in Kiev, Russian Nukes 90 Miles off America's Southern Shore
Ukraine: Just One Step in the Assimilation of Eurasia by the New World Order

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