7. Mai 2015

The Choice Before Europe - Paul Craig Roberts

by Paul Craig Roberts 

Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the 
other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated 
conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union 
member government will break from Washington over the 
issue of Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of 
the path of conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed 
into military conflict with Russia.

In June the Russian sanctions expire unless each member 
government of the EU votes to continue the sanctions. 
Several governments have spoken against a continuation. 
For example, the governments of the Czech Republic and 
Greece have expressed dissatisfaction with the sanctions.

US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged growing 
opposition to the sanctions among some European governments. 
Employing the three tools of US foreign policy–threats, bribery, 
and coercion–he warned Europe to renew the sanctions or there 
would be retribution. We will see in June if Washington’s threat 
has quelled the rebellion.
Europe has to consider the strength of Washington’s threat of 
retribution against the cost of a continuing and worsening conflict 
with Russia. This conflict is not in Europe’s economic or political 
interest, and the conflict has the risk of breaking out into war 
that would destroy Europe.
Since the end of World War II Europeans have been accustomed 
to following Washington’s lead. For awhile France went her own 
way, and there were some political parties in Germany and Italy 
that considered Washington to be as much of a threat to European independence as the Soviet Union. Over time, using money and 
false flag operations, such as Operation Gladio, Washington 
marginalized politicians and political parties that did not follow 
Washington’s lead.

The specter of a military conflict with Russia that Washington 
is creating could erode Washington’s hold over Europe. By
hyping a “Russian threat,” Washington is hoping to keep 
Europe under Washington’s protective wing. However, the 
“threat” is being over-hyped to the point that some Europeans 
have understood that Europe is being driven down a path toward 

Belligerent talk from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
from John McCain, from the neoconservatives, and from NATO 
commander Philip Breedlove is unnerving Europeans. In a recent 
love-fest between Breedlove and the Senate Armed Services 
Committee, chaired by John McCain, Breedlove supported 
arming the Ukrainian military, the backbone of which appears
to be the Nazi militias, with heavy US weapons in order to 
change “the decision calculus on the ground” and bring an end 
to the break-away republics that oppose Washington’s puppet 
government in Kiev.
Breedlove told the Senate committee that his forces were 
insufficient to withstand Russian aggression and that he 
needed more forces on Russia’s borders in order to 
“reassure allies.”

Europeans have to decide whether 
the threat is Russia or Washington. 

The European press, which Udo Ulfkotte reports 
in his book, Bought Journalists, consists of CIA assets, 
has been working hard to convince Europeans that there 
is a “revanchist Russia” on the prowl that seeks to recover 
the Soviet Empire. Washington’s coup in Ukraine has 
disappeared. In its place Washington has substituted a 
“Russian invasion,” hyped as Putin’s first step in restoring 
the Soviet empire.

Just as there is no evidence of the Russian military in Ukraine, 
there is no evidence of Russian forces threatening Europe or 
any discussion or advocacy of restoring the Soviet empire
among Russian political and military leaders.
In contrast Washington has the Wolfowitz Doctrine, 
which is explicitly directed at Russia, and now the 
Council on Foreign Relations has added China as a 
target of the Wolfowitz doctrine.  

The CFR report says that China is a rising power and 
thereby a threat to US world hegemony. China’s rise 
must be contained so that Washington can remain 
the boss in the Asian Pacific.

What it comes down to is this: China is a threat because 
China will not prevent its own rise. This makes China a 
threat to “the International Order.” “The International 
Order,” of course, is the order determined by Washington. 
In other words, just as there must be no Russian sphere 
of influence, there must be no Chinese sphere of influence. 
The CFR report calls this keeping the world “free of 
hegemonic control” except by the US.

Just as General Breedlove demands more military spending 
in order to counter “the Russian threat,” the CFR wants more 
military spending in order to counter “the Chinese threat.” 
The report concludes: “Congress should remove sequestration 
caps and substantially increase the U.S. defense budget.”
Clearly, Washington has no intention of moderating 
its position as the sole imperial power. 

In defense of this power, Washington will take the 
world to nuclear war. Europe can prevent this war by
asserting its independence and departing the empire. 


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