Tuesday, June 19, 2018

DE - Manlio Dinucci -- “DIE KUNST DES KRIEGES” -- Der Kreislauf des Todes im “Großen Mittelmeer”



“DIE KUNST DES KRIEGES”
Der Kreislauf des Todes im “Großen Mittelmeer”
 Manlio Dinucci

Die politisch-medialen Projektoren konzentrieren sich auf den Migrationsstrom über das Mittelmeer von Süden nach Norden und lassen die anderen Mittelmeerströme im Dunkeln – jene von Norden nach Süden, die Streitkräfte und Waffen beinhalten.
Vielleicht sollten wir besser vom “Großen Mittelmeer” sprechen, einem Gebiet im Rahmen der USA/NATO-Strategie, das sich vom Atlantik zum Schwarzen Meer und im Süden vom Persischen Golf bis zum Indischen Ozean erstreckt.

Während seinem Treffen mit NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg in Rom, betonte Premierminister Giuseppe Conte die „zentrale Bedeutung des großräumigen Mittelmeeres für die europäische Sicherheit“, die jetzt durch den „Bogen der Instabilität vom Mittelmeer bis zum Nahen Osten“ bedroht ist. Deshalb ist ein Bündnis unter US-Kommando wichtig für die NATO, welches Conte als „Pfeiler der nationalen und internationalen Sicherheit“ bezeichnet. Das ist eine vollständige Verdrehung der Realität.

Es ist die Grundlage der US/NATO-Strategie, die in Wahrheit den „Bogen der Instabilität“ hervorgerufen hat, durch zwei Kriege gegen den Irak, den beiden weiteren Kriegen, die  Jugoslawien und Lybien zerstört haben und den Krieg, der die Zerstörung Syriens zum Ziel hat. Laut Conte spielt Italien, das an all diesen Kriegen teilnahm, “eine Schlüsselrolle für die Sicherheit und die Stabilität der Südflanke des Bündnisses”.


Inwiefern? Wir können die Wahrheit durch das, was die Medien verbergen, herausfinden. Das US-Marineschiff Trenton, das 42 Flüchtlinge aufnahm (die im Gegensatz zu denen der Aquarius in Sizilien an Land gehen durften), ist nicht in Sizilien stationiert, um humanitäre Zwecke im Mittelmeer zu erfüllen – es ist in Wahrheit eine schnelle Eingreiftruppe (bis zu 80 km/h), die innerhalb weniger Stunden die nordafrikanische Küste erreichen kann, eine Expeditionstruppe mit 400 Soldaten und ihren Fahrzeugen. US-Spezialeinheiten operieren in Lybien, um alliierte Armeeformationen auszubilden und zu  führen, während bewaffnete US-Drohnen, die von Sigonella (Sizilien) aus starten, ihre Ziele in Lybien treffen. In Kürze, gab Stoltenberg an, werden auch NATO-Drohnen von Sigonella aus operieren.
Sie werden das “Hub” oder “NATO Strategic Direction South” (NSDS), das Geheimdienstzentrum für Militäroperationen im Nahen Osten, Nordafrika, der Sahelzone und dem subsaharischen Afrika,  integrieren.

Das Zentrum, das im Juli in Betrieb geht, hat seinen Hauptsitz in Lago Patria, neben dem Joint Force Command of NATO (JFC Napels), unter dem Befehl eines US-Admirals – derzeit James Foggo – der auch die US-Marinesteitkräfte in Europa (mit ihrem Hauptsitz in Neapel-Capodichino und der sechsten Flotte, in Geata stationiert) und auch die US-Marinesteitkräfte für Afrika befehligen wird.
Diese Streitkräfte wurden durch den Flugzeugträger Harry Truman eingebunden, der das Mittelmeer vor zwei Monaten mit seiner Angriffsgruppe erreichte.

Am 10. Juni, als die Aufmerksamkeit der Medien auf die Aquarius gerichtet war, wurde die US-Flotte mit 8.000 Soldaten und bewaffnet mit 90 Kampfflugzeugen sowie über 1.000 Raketen, im östlichen  Mittelmeer stationiert, bereit, Syrien und den Irak anzugreifen. Zur gleichen Zeit, am 12./13. Juni, machte die Liberty Pride in Livorno fest – ein militarisiertes US-Schiff, und beförderte auf ihren 12 Brücken weitere Fracht und Waffen, die, von der US-Basis Camp Darby (Pisa), jeden Monat nach Jordanien und Saudi Arabien geschickt werden, um die Kriege in Syrien und dem Jemen aufrecht zu erhalten.

Auf diese Weise nähren wir diese Kriege, die, durch neo-koloniale Methoden der Ausbeutung, die Verarmung und Entwurzelung der Bevölkerungen verursachen. Infolgedessen nimmt der Migrationsstrom weiterhin dramatisch zu und erschafft Opfer und neue Formen der Sklaverei. “Es scheint, dass es sich jetzt auszahlt, hart gegen Immigration vorzugehen”, kommentierte Präsident Trump in Bezug auf die Maßnahmen, die nicht nur von Mattea Salvini sondern von der ganzen italienischen Regierung beschlossen wurden, deren Premierminister als „fantastisch“ bezeichnet wird.

Dies ist eine angemessene Anerkennung seitens der Vereinigten Staaten, die im Programm der Regierung als „priveligierter Verbündeter“ Italiens benannt sind.

Übersetzung: K.R.
Quelle: il manifesto, 19. Juni 2018


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EN -- Manlio Dinucci - The Art of War -- The Circuit of Death in the « Greater Mediterranean »





« THE ART OF WAR »
The Circuit of Death in the « Greater Mediterranean »
 Manlio Dinucci

The politico-media projectors, focussed as they are on the migratory flow from South to North across the Mediterranean, are leaving other Mediterranean flows in the dark – those moving from North to South, comprised of military forces and weapons. Perhaps we should say the « Greater  Mediterranean », an area which, in the framework of USA / NATO strategy, stretches from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, and to the South, from the Persian Gulf as far as the Indian Ocean.
During his meeting with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, in Rome, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pointed out the « centrality of the greater Mediterranean for European security », now threatened by the « arc of instability stretching from the Mediterranean to the Middle East ». Which is why it is important for NATO, an alliance under US command, which Conte describes as the « pillar of interior and international security ». This is a complete inversion of reality.
It is the foundation of USA / NATO strategy which in fact provoked the « arc of instability » with:
Ø  its two wars against Iraq,
Ø  the two other wars which demolished the states of Yugoslavia and Libya,
Ø  the war aimed at demolishing the state of Syria.
According to Conte, Italy, which participated in all these wars, plays « a key role for the security and the stability of the Southern flank of the Alliance ».
In what way? We can discover the truth by what the medias are hiding. The US navy ship  Trenton, which welcomed aboard 42 refugees (authorised to land in Sicily, unlike those of the Aquarius), is not based in Sicily in order to carry out humanitarian actions in the Mediterranean – it is in fact a rapid force unit (up to 80 km/h), capable of landing on the coasts of North Africa, within a few hours, an expeditionary force comprising 400 soldiers and their vehicles. US Special Forces are operating in Libya to train and lead allied army formations, while US armed drones, taking off from Sigonella (Sicily), hit their targets in Libya. In a short time, announced Stoltenberg, NATO drones will also be operating from Sigonella. They will integrate the « Hub » or « NATO Strategic Direction South » (NSDS), the intelligence centre for military operations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Hub, which will become operational in July, has its headquarters in Lago Patria, alongside the Joint Force Command of NATO (JFC Naples), under the orders of a US admiral - presently James Foggo – who will also command US naval forces in Europe (with their headquarters at Naples-Capodichino, and the Sixth Fleet based in Gaeta) and also the US naval forces for Africa. These forces have been integrated by the aircraft-carrier Harry Truman, which entered the Mediterranean two months ago with its attack group.
On 10 June, while media attention was focussed on the Aquarius, the US fleet, carrying 8,000 soldiers, and armed with 90 fighters and more than 1,000 missiles, was deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean, ready to strike in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, on 12-13 June, the Liberty Pride docked at Livorno – it is a militarised US ship, and carried on its 12 bridges further cargos of weapons which, from the US base of Camp Darby (Pisa), are sent every month to Jordan  and Saudi Arabia to cultivate the wars in Syria and Yemen.
This is how we feed these wars, which, using neo-colonial methods of exploitation, provoke the pauperisation and uprooting of populations. Consequently, the migratory flow continues to increase dramatically, creating victims and new forms of slavery. « It seems that being tough on immigration now pays », commented President Trump, referring to the measures decided not only by  Matteo Salvini, but by the totality of the Italian government, whose Prime Minister is qualified as « fantastic ».

This is fair recognition on the part of the United States, which, in the government's programme, is defined as a « privileged ally » of Italy.


Translation: Pete Kimberley
il manifesto, June 19, 2018


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FR -- Manlio Dinucci -- « L’ART DE LA GUERRE » -- Circuit de mort en « Méditerranée élargie »



« L’ART DE LA GUERRE »

Circuit de mort en « Méditerranée élargie »

par Manlio Dinucci

Les projecteurs politico-médiatiques, focalisés sur les flux migratoires Sud-Nord à travers la Méditerranée, laissent dans l’ombre d’autres flux : ceux Nord-Sud de forces militaires et armes à travers la Méditerranée. Ou plutôt la « Méditerranée élargie », aire qui, dans le cadre de la stratégie USA/Otan, s’étend de l’Atlantique à la mer Noire et, au sud, jusqu’au Golfe persique et à l’océan Indien.

Lors de sa rencontre avec le secrétaire de l’Otan, Jens Stoltenberg, à Rome, le Premier ministre Giuseppe Conte a souligné la « centralité de la Méditerranée élargie pour la sécurité européenne », menacée par « l’arc d’instabilité allant de la Méditerranée au Moyen-Orient ». D’où son importance pour l’Otan, alliance sous commandement US que Conte définit comme « pilier de la sécurité intérieure et internationale ». Renversement complet de la réalité.

C’est fondamentalement la stratégie USA/Otan qui a provoqué « l’arc d’instabilité » avec les deux guerres contre l’Iraq, les deux autres guerres qui ont démoli les États yougoslave et libyen, et celle visant à démolir l’État syrien. L’Italie, qui a participé à toutes ces guerres, selon Conte joue « un rôle clé pour la sécurité et la stabilité du flanc sud de l’Alliance ».

De quelle façon ? On le comprend par ce que les médias dissimulent. Le navire Trenton de l’U.S. Navy, qui a recueilli 42 réfugiés (autorisés à débarquer en Sicile à la différence de ceux de l’Aquarius), n’est pas basé en Sicile pour accomplir des actions humanitaires en Méditerranée : c’est une unité rapide (jusqu’à 80 km/h), capable de débarquer en quelques heures sur les côtes nord-africaines un corps expéditionnaire de 400 militaires et leurs véhicules. Des Forces spéciales états-uniennes opèrent en Libye pour entraîner et conduire des formations armées alliées, pendant que des drones armés US, décollant de Sigonella (Sicile), frappent des objectifs en Libye. Sous peu, a annoncé Stoltenberg, opèreront aussi depuis Sigonella des drones Otan. Ils intègreront le « Hub de direction stratégique Otan pour le Sud », centre de renseignement pour des opérations militaires au Moyen-Orient, en Afrique du Nord, au Sahel et en Afrique Sub-Saharienne.

Le Hub, qui deviendra opérationnel en juillet, a son siège à Lago Patria, auprès du Commandement de la force conjointe Otan (JFC Naples), sous les ordres d’un amiral états-unien —actuellement James Foggo— qui commande aussi les Forces navales US en Europe (avec leur quartier général à Naples-Capodichino et la Sixième Flotte basée à Gaeta) et les Forces navales US pour l’Afrique. Ces forces ont été intégrées par le porte-avions Harry Truman, qui est entré il y a deux mois en Méditerranée avec son groupe d’attaque.

Le 10 juin, pendant que l’attention médiatique se concentrait sur l’Aquarius, la flotte US avec à bord 8 000 soldats, armée de 90 chasseurs et plus de 1 000 missiles, était déployée en Méditerranée orientale, prête à frapper en Syrie et Irak. Ces mêmes jours, les 12-13 juin, faisait escale à Livourne le Liberty Pride, un des navires militarisés US, embarquant sur ses 12 ponts une autre cargaison d’armes qui, depuis la base US de Camp Darby (Pise), se trouvent envoyées mensuellement en Jordanie et en Arabie Saoudite pour les guerres en Syrie et au Yémen.

Ainsi alimente-t-on les guerres qui, avec les mécanismes néo-coloniaux d’exploitation, provoquent appauvrissement et déracinement des populations. Par voie de conséquence, les flux migratoires augmentent dans des conditions dramatiques, qui provoquent des victimes et de nouvelles formes d’esclavage. « Il semble qu’être durs sur l’immigration paye, maintenant » commente le président Trump en faisant référence aux mesures décidées non seulement par Matteo Salvini mais par tout le gouvernement italien, dont le Premier ministre est qualifié de « fantastique ».

Juste reconnaissance de la part des États-Unis, qui dans le programme de gouvernement sont définis comme « allié privilégié » de l’Italie.

Traduction: Marie-Ange Patrizio

Il Manifesto (Italie), le 19 Juin 2018
             



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Monday, June 18, 2018

PT -- Manlio Dinucci -- A Arte da Guerra -- Circuito da Morte no «Mediterrâneo Alargado»



A Arte da Guerra

 Circuito da Morte no «Mediterrâneo Alargado»

Manlio Dinucci


Os holofotes político-mediáticos, concentrados nos fluxos migratórios Sul-Norte, através do Mediterrâneo, deixam outras deslocações na sombra: as movimentações do Norte para o Sul, das forças militares e das armas, através do Mediterrâneo. Com efeito, através do "Mediterrâneo alargado", uma área que, no âmbito da estratégia USA/NATO, se estende do Atlântico ao Mar Negro e, para sul, em direcção ao Golfo Pérsico e ao Oceano Índico.

No encontro com o Secretário Geral da NATO, Stoltenberg, em Roma, o Primeiro Ministro Conte, salientou a “importância do Mediterrâneo alargado para a segurança europeia”, ameaçada pelo “arco de instabilidade do Mediterrâneo até ao Médio Oriente”. Daí a importância da NATO, a aliança sob comando USA que Conte define como “pilar da segurança interna e internacional”.

Distorção completa da realidade. Fundamentalmente, foi a estratégia USA/NATO que provocou “o arco de instabilidade” devido:

Ø  às duas guerras contra o Iraque,

Ø  às outras duas guerras que demoliram os Estados jugoslavo e líbio,

Ø  à guerra destinada a demolir o Estado sírio.

A Itália, que participou em todas estas guerras, segundo Conte, desempenha “um papel fundamental para a segurança e a estabilidade do flanco sul da Aliança”. De que maneira? Percebe-se pelo que  a comunicação mediática esconde.

O navio Trenton da Marinha dos EUA, que recolheu 42 refugiados (autorizados a desembarcar em Itália, ao contrário dos do Aquarius), não está estacionado na Sicília para realizar acções humanitárias no Mediterrâneo: é uma unidade rápida (até 80 km/h), capaz de desembarcar em poucas horas na costa norte-africana um corpo de 400 homens e veículos relacionados.

Forças especiais USA operam na Líbia para treinar e liderar formações armadas aliadas, enquanto os drones armados USA, decolando de Sigonella, atacam alvos na Líbia.

Em breve, anunciou Stoltenberg, também os drones da NATO começarão a funcionar a partir de Sigonella. Vão integrar-se no “Centro de Liderança Estratégica da NATO para o Sul", um centro de serviços secretos para as operações militares no Médio Oriente, Norte da África, Sahel e África subsaariana. O Centro, que ficará operacional em Julho, está sediado em Lago Patria, no Comando Conjunto da Força da NATO (JFC Nápoles), sob o comando de um almirante americano - actualmente James Foggo - que também comanda as Forças Navais USA na Europa (com sede em Nápoles-Capodichino e a Sexta Frota estacionada em Gaeta) e as Forças Navais USA para a África.

Essas forças estão integradas pelo porta-aviões Harry S.Truman, que entrou no Mediterrâneo com o seu grupo de ataque há dois meses. No dia 10 de Junho, enquanto a atenção mediática estava concentrada no Aquarius, a frota USA  com mais de 8.000 homens, armados com 90 caças e mais de 1000 mísseis, foi posicionada Mediterrâneo Oriental, pronta para atacar a Síria e o Iraque.

Nesses mesmos dias, 12-13 de Junho, o Liberty Pride, um dos navios militares dos EUA, fazia escala em Livorno, embarcando nas suas 12 pontes outra carga de armas que, da base americana de Camp Darby, são enviadas mensalmente para a Jordânia e para a Arábia Saudita, destinadas às guerras na Síria e no Iémen. Assim, alimentam-se as guerras que, juntamente com os mecanismos de exploração neocolonial, provocam o empobrecimento e a erradicação das populações.


Reconhecimento legítimo da parte dos Estados Unidos, que no programa do actual Governo, os define como sendo o “aliado privilegiado” da Itália.

il manifesto, 19 de Junho de 2018



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IT -- Manlio Dinucci -- L'arte della guerra -- Circuito di morte nel «Mediterraneo allargato»



L’arte della guerra

 Circuito di morte nel «Mediterraneo allargato»

Manlio Dinucci

I riflettori politico-mediatici, focalizzati sui flussi migratori Sud-Nord attraverso il Mediterraneo, lasciano in ombra altri flussi: quelli Nord-Sud di forze militari e armi attraverso il Mediterraneo. Anzi attraverso il «Mediterraneo allargato», area che, nel quadro della strategia USA7NATO, si estende dall’Atlantico al Mar Nero e, a sud, fino al Golfo Persico e all’Oceano Indiano.

 Nell’incontro col segretario della NATO Stoltenberg a Roma,  il premier Conte ha sottolineato la «centralità del Mediterraneo allargato per la sicurezza europea», minacciata dall’«arco di instabilità dal Mediterraneo al Medio Oriente». Da qui l’importanza della NATO, alleanza sotto comando USA che Conte definisce «pilastro della sicurezza interna e internazionale».

Completo stravolgimento della realtà. È stata fondamentalmente la strategia USA/NATO a provocare «l’arco di instabilità» con le due guerre contro l’Iraq, le altre due guerre che hanno demolito gli Stati jugoslavo e libico, e quella per demolire lo Stato siriano.

L’Italia, che ha partecipato a tutte queste guerre, secondo Conte svolge «un ruolo chiave per la sicurezza e stabilità del fianco sud della Alleanza». In che modo, lo si capisce da ciò che i media nascondono.

La nave Trenton della U.S. Navy, che ha raccolto 42 profughi (autorizzati a sbarcare in Italia a differenza di quelli dell’Aquarius), non è di stanza in Sicilia per svolgere azioni umanitarie nel Mediterraneo: è una unità veloce (fino a 80 km/h), capace di sbarcare in poche ore sulle coste nord-africane un corpo di spedizione di 400 uomini e relativi mezzi.

Forze speciali USA operano in Libia per addestrare e guidare formazioni armate alleate, mentre droni armati USA, decollando da Sigonella, colpiscono obiettivi in Libia.

Tra poco, ha annunciato Stoltenberg, opereranno da Sigonella anche droni NATO. Essi integreranno l’«Hub di Direzione Strategica NATO per il Sud», centro di intelligence per operazioni militari in Medioriente, Nordafrica, Sahel e Africa subsahariana. L’Hub, che diverrà operativo in luglio, ha sede a Lago Patria, presso il Comando della Forza Congiunta NATO (Jfc Naples), agli ordini di un ammiraglio statunitense – attualmente James Foggo –  che comanda anche le Forze Navali USA in Europa (con quartier generale a Napoli-Capodichino e la Sesta Flotta di stanza a Gaeta) e le Forze Navali USA per l’Africa.

Tali forze sono state integrate dalla portaerei Harry S. Truman, entrata duemesi fa nel Mediterraneo con il suo gruppo d’attacco. Il 10 giugno, mentre l’attenzione mediatica si concentrava sulla Aquarius, la flotta USA con a bordo oltre 8000 uomini, armata di 90 caccia e oltre 1000 missili, veniva schierata nel Mediterraneo orientale, pronta a colpire in Siria e Iraq.

Negli stessi giorni, il 12-13 giugno, faceva scalo a Livorno la Liberty Pride, una delle navi militarizzate USA, imbarcando sui suoi 12 ponti un altro carico di armi che, dalla base USA di Camp Darby, vengono inviate mensilmente in Giordania e Arabia Saudita per le guerre in Siria e nello Yemen. Si alimentano così le guerre che, unite ai meccanismi neocoloniali di sfruttamento, provocano impoverimento e sradicamento di popolazioni.

Aumentano di conseguenza i flussi migratori in condizioni drammatiche, che provocano vittime e nuove forme di schiavitù. «Sembra che essere duri sull'immigrazione ora paghi», commenta il presidente Trump riferendosi alle misure decise non solo da Salvini ma dall’intero governo italiano, il cui premier  viene definito «fantastico».

Giusto riconoscimento da parte degli Stati Uniti, che nel programma di governo sono definiti «alleato privilegiato» dell’Italia.

il manifesto, 19 giugno 2018


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Is Europe Too Brainwashed To Normalize Relations With Russia?
Is Europe Too Brainwashed To Normalize Relations With Russia?
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Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia.
The prime minister of England said that the G7 “agreed to stand ready to take further restrictive measures against Russia if necessary.” The American puppet in France, Macron, falsely accused Russia, the only country trying to enforce the Minsk agreement, of violating the Minsk agreement. The French president also falsely accused Russia of invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea, despite the fact that Russian forces have been present in Crimea for years under a 50-year lease that provides Crimea as a Russian naval base. As the French president surely knows, all Russia did was to accept an unanimous vote of Crimeans to return to Russia. Crimea had been a part of Russia for three centuries, longer than the existence of the US, before it was illegally transferred to Ukraine.
The G7 politicians accused Putin of “destabilizing behavior,” of “undermining democratic systems,” and of “supporting Syria.”
Europe remains subservient to Washington despite everything Trump has done to humiliate Washington’s European vassals.
Putin’s response to what he called “creative babbling” was that Europe should get to work with Russia working out their common interest.
There are common interests, and Putin sees them, but, as the G7 statements make clear, the G7 sees only a Russian enemy.
From the West’s standpoint Putin is a problem because of his insistance on Russian sovereignty. When the West accuses Russia of “destabilizing behavior,” the West is saying that it is Russia’s independence that is destabilizing Washington’s world order. Russia is regarded as a destabilizing entity, because Putin does not accept Washington’s hegemony. Putin cannot overcome this attitude toward Russia with concessions and reasonable behavior. It could be a mortal delusion for Russia to believe that soft words can turn away the wrath of spurned hegemony.
Putin accepts insults, provocations, deaths in Russian Ukraine, and Israeli attacks on Syria, a country he has spent resources liberating from Washington’s “rebels,” in order to demonstrate to Europeans that Russia is not a threat. Judging from the G7 or G6 statements, the European politicians simply don’t care that it is Washington and not Russia that is the threat. Washington has handed Europe a Russian script, and Europe seems to be going by the script regardless of how Russia behaves and how Washington treats Europe. Previous hopes that European opposition to Trump’s effort to destroy the Iranian nuclear agreement would result in Europe’s assertion of independence are dashed by the unified hostility to Russia displayed at the recent G-7 meeting.
Putin’s strategy might not work for two reasons. One is that Europe has not had an independent existence for 75 years. European countries do not know what it means to be a sovereign state. Without Washington European politicians feel lost, so they are likely to stick with Washington.
Putin’s other problem is his belief that Russia needs to be part of Europe. Americans reinforced this belief during the Yeltsin years. Russian economists and the Russian central bank actually believe that Russia cannot develop without Western participation. This makes Russia susceptible to destabilization by the Western financial empire. Foreign participation empowers Washington to manipulate the ruble and to drain the Russian economic surplus into debt service. To advance globalism, Washington works to discredit Russian politicians who favor a nationalist economic approach. Michael Hudson and I have described how, in effect, neoliberalized Russian economists are an American Fifth Column inside Russia.
Countries that open themselves to Western globalism lose control of their economic policy. The exchange values of their currencies and the prices of their bonds and commodities can be driven down by short-selling on futures markets. Remember, just one man—George Soros—was able to collapse the British pound. Today Washington can organize concerted action against currencies by coordinating attacks by the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and the Japanese central bank. Not even large countries such as China and Russia can withstand such an attack. It is remarkable that countries, such as Russia and China that wish to have independent policies rely on Western monetary and clearing mechanisms, thereby subjecting themselves to control by their enemies.
There is truth in the quote attributed to Mayer Amschel Rothschild: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws.” A professor at Oxford sent to me a copy of a letter he obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library written by President Roosevelt to Colonel House, dated November 21, 1933, in which Roosevelt writes:
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson—and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W.W. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States—only on a far bigger and broader basis.”
Being a reasonable and humane person, Vladimir Putin is focused on avoiding conflict. It takes patience for Putin to ignore insulting threats from militarily insignificant countries such as the UK, and Putin has the virtue of patience.
Nevertheless, patience can work against peace as well as for it. Putin’s patience tells Europeans that there is no cost to continuing hostile accusations and actions against Russia, and it encourages neoconservatives to employ more aggressive provocations and actions. Too much patience can result in Russia being backed into a corner.
The danger for Russia is that the desire to be part of the West results in concessions that encourage more provocations, and that the commitment to globalism undermines Russian economic sovereignty.
Russian hopes to unite with the West in a war against terrorism overlook that terrorism is the West’s weapon for destabilizing independent countries that do not accept a unipolar world.
Perhaps war would be less of a threat if Russia simply disengaged from the West and focused on integration with the East. Sooner or later Europe would come courting.




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