26. November 2014

Opening the Gates to World War III - Paul Craig Roberts

“The US wants to subdue Russia, to solve 
US problems at Russia’s expense. No one 
in history ever managed to do this to Russia, 
and no one ever will.” 
Vladimir Putin, November 17, 2014.

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm 
Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in 
Donetsk and Luhansk. A Russian foreign ministry official 
condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons 
to Kiev as a violation of agreements that would make a political 
resolution of the conflict less likely. This statement is perplexing. 
It implies that the Russian government has not yet figured out that 
Washington has no interest in resolving the conflict. 
Washington’s purpose is to use the hapless 
Ukrainians against Russia. The worse the 
conflict becomes, the happier Washington is.

The Russian government made a bet that Europe would 
come to its senses and the conflict would be peacefully 
resolved. The Russian government has lost that bet and 
must immediately move to preempt a worsening crisis by 
uniting the separatists provinces with Russia or by reading 
the riot act to Europe.

It would be a costly humiliation for the Russian government 
to abandon the ethnic Russians to a military assault. If Russia 
stands aside while Donetsk and Luhansk are destroyed, the next 
attack will be on Crimea. By the time Russia is forced to fight Russia 
will face a better armed, better prepared, and more formidable foe.

By its inaction the Russian government is aiding and abetting 
Washington’s onslaught against Russia. The Russian government 
could tell Europe to call this off or go without natural gas. 
The Russian government could declare a no-fly zone over 
the separatist provinces and deliver an ultimatum to Kiev. 
The Russian government could accept the requests from 
Donetsk and Luhansk for unification or reunification with 
Russia. Any one of these actions would suffice to resolve 
the conflict before it spins out of control and opens the 
gates to World War III.

The American people are clueless that Washington is on the 
brink of starting a dangerous war. Even informed commentators 
become sidetracked in refuting propaganda that Russia has 
invaded Ukraine and is supplying weapons to the separatists. 
These commentators are mistaken if they think establishing 
the facts will do any good.

Washington intends to remove Russia 
as a constraint on Washington’s power. 
Washington’s arrogance is forcing a 
stark choice on Russia: vassalage or war. 

Putin speaks: Hope that Washington Hears – Paul Craig Roberts: 

Originally published on: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org
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