By Eric Margolis
09, 2014 "Information
Clearing House -“F….Europe!”
Such were the words used in Kiev, Ukraine by Victoria Nuland,
the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.
Nuland was referring to the European Union’s reluctance to
get too deeply involved in Ukraine’s current strife or to
impose sanctions on the former Soviet republic. But Nuland
perfectly captured Washington’s sneering view of Europe as a
collection of feeble and irrelevant banana republics.
Nuland is a prominent American neoconservative. Like her
fellow neocons, she disdains Europe for being unwarlike,
mildly critical of Israel, and often insufficiently
responsive to Washington’s demands – or even insubordinate,
like the awful French.
How delicious was it that Nuland’s pithy reference to Europe
and her plans for a new western-confected government in
Ukrainian – where the US insists it is not at all
interfering – were picked by Russian electronic intelligence
and played to the world. How dim for Madame Nuland to speak
so thoughtlessly on her cell phone.
Of late, Nuland and other senior US officials have been
blasting Moscow for “meddling” in Ukraine. The leaked phone
recording has Nuland telling the US ambassador to Kiev which
of the three opposition candidates Washington wants to run
Nuland’s plans for regime change in Kiev have been a godsend
to Moscow, which claims the US and EU are behind the
uprising in Ukraine. She has just undermined the democratic
Ukrainian opposition by making them look like American
Score one for Russia’s spooks. All Nuland could do was
splutter about how Russian intelligence had intercepted her
cell phone. This after the US National Security Agency was
revealed to be bugging the phones and email of most of
Europe’s leaders. What goes around comes around.
The loud-mouthed Nuland should resign.
All this was most amusing – except that it highlighted the
growing US-Russian confrontation over Ukraine that risks
turning very dangerous.
A senior Russian official close to President Vladimir Putin
just warned Washington to butt out of Ukraine – or else.
Europe is rightfully fearful that the Ukraine crisis could
cause a head-on clash by Washington and Moscow – just as the
little Russia-Georgia War over Ossetia almost did in 2008.
Interestingly, during that crisis, the US rushed warships to
the Black Sea. This time, US Navy warships are back again in
the Black Sea under the laughable excuse they are on station
to evacuate US tourists to the Sochi Olympics if violence
Day by day, we see growing rancor between the US and Russia.
Most of it is unfair criticism and childish spats, but the
overall effect is creating the basis for war fever. The same
bickering, cheap criticism and manufactured anger created
the psychological basis in Britain for the utterly
catastrophic World War I. Three years later, it was repeated
in the United States to whip up anti-German fever.
The US media is barraging Russia and Putin with a drumfire
of negative stories. The Sochi Olympics have come in for
relentless, petty attacks and low-minded carping.
Anyone who knows Russia should be in awe that the normally
bumbling, disorganized Ruskis managed to get their Olympic
sites finished more or less on time – and that they still
remain standing. Russians usually lose a lot of early
battles, but they usually end up winning wars.
So what if Russia spent billions on the Sochi Olympics. Who
is Washington to criticize Moscow after pouring over $2
trillion into the stupid wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and
now Syria, with nothing to show but huge debts, armies of
refugees, and graveyards?
America’s national security establishment – what used to be
known in Britain as imperialists – is now turning its guns
on Russia, aided by the US corporate media. Vlad Putin’s
Russia has re-emerged as America’s number one enemy. Muslims
are out. At times, the Cold War seems to be inching back.
The US narrowly escaped a dangerous military clash over
President Barack Obama’s intemperate rush to war over Syria.
Nuclear powers must not indulge in such school-yard
squabbles. World War I, whose 100th anniversary comes this
fall, began just this way.
Putin’s Russia is no Utopia, but do we really want angry,
expansionist Russians again on our eastern borders? Better
they focus on Olympic games and shopping sprees. Unlike us,
they have not started any wars lately.
Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally
syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New
York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles
Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times,
Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia
and other news sites in Asia.
Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2014