Monday, September 3, 2018

Provocations Have a History of Escalating into War

Provocations Have a History of Escalating into War - LewRockwell

Provocations Have a History of Escalating into War - LewRockwell

Provocations Have A History Of Escalating Into War


Can War Be Avoided and the Planet Saved?

The Russian Government and President Putin are coming under pressure not from US sanctions, which are very good for Russia as they force Russia into independence, but from Russian patriots who are tiring of Putin's non-confrontational responses to Washington's never-ending insults and military provocations. 

Russian patriots don't want war, but they do want their country's honor defended, and they believe Putin is failing in this job. Some of them are saying that Putin himself is a West-worshipping Atlanticist Integrationist.

This disillusionment with Putin, together with Putin's endorsement of raising the retirement age for pensions, a trap set for him by Russia's neoliberal economists, have hurt Putin's approval ratings at the precise time that he will again be tested by Washington in Syria.

In many columns, I have defended Putin from the charge that he is not sufficiently Russian. Putin wants to avoid war, because he knows it would be nuclear, the consequences of which would be dire. 

He knows that the US and its militarily impotent NATO allies cannot possibly conduct conventional warfare against Russia or China, much less against both. 

Putin also understands that the sanctions are damaging Washington's European vassals and could eventually force the European vassal states into independence that would constrain Washington's belligerence. 

Even with Russia's new super weapons, which probably give Putin the capability of destroying the entirety of 

Let's give this a moment's thought. Both Napoleon and Hitler stood at their apogee, their success unmitigated by any military defeat. 

Then they marched into Russia and were utterly destroyed. Why did they do this? 

They did it because their success had given them massive arrogance and belief in their "exceptionalism," the dangerous word that encapsulates Washington's belief in its hegemony.

The Zionist neoconservatives who rule in Washington are capable of the same mistake that Napoleon and Hitler made. 

They believe in "the end of history," that the Soviet collapse means history has chosen America as the model for the future. Their hubris actually exceeds that of Napoleon and Hitler.

When confronted with such deluded and ideological force, does turning the other cheek work or does it encourage more provocation?

This is the question before the Russian government.

Perhaps the Russian government will understand the meaning of the orchestrated eulogies for John McCain. 

It is not normal for a US senator to be eulogized in this way, especially one with such an undistinguished record. 

What is being eulogized is McCain's hatred of Russia and his record as a warmonger. 

What Washington is eulogizing is its own commitment to war.

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