'Russia Uses Language Washington Understands'
By Finian Cunningham
November 15, 2014 "ICH"
TV"- Has Russia reached
the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and
its NATO allies? The announcement this week that
Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in
the Gulf of Mexico - America's own backyard -
The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of
tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The
Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are
nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to
patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response
from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.
But the first point to note is that Russia is not
doing anything illegal. It has a legal right to fly
its warplanes in any international airspace it
chooses, as do all nations, to perform training
Even Washington officials have begrudgingly
acknowledged Russia's legal right to do so. The
Christian Science Monitor quoted Pentagon spokesman
Col. Steve Warren as saying, "Russia has a right to
fly in international airspace".
However, we can be sure that the hawks in Washington
will be fuming at what they see as Vladimir Putin's
"audacity" to order warplanes within striking
distance of the US. For the de facto American War
Party of Republicans and Democrats, the latest
Russian move confirms their accusations that
President Putin is trying to flex "Soviet-era
muscles". Or, as American NATO commander General
Philip Breedlove put it, Russia "is messaging us
that they are a great power".
That's typical arrogant mis-reading by Washington of
the situation. This is not Putin trying to be
provocative or flaunting expansionist ambitions. It
is simply Russia giving a taste of American medicine
back and in language that the arrogant warmongers in
Washington will understand.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the
US-led NATO military alliance has embarked on a
relentless campaign of encircling Russia. In
complete defiance of binding agreements, such as the
1997 Founding Act between NATO and Russia, the
American military alliance has encroached on Russian
borders with warplanes, warships, missiles and
troops. It is Washington that is on an expansionist
threatening drive, not Russia.
The destabilization earlier this year of former
Soviet republic Ukraine to install an illegal,
anti-Russian regime that is massacring the ethnic
Russian population in the east of that country - in
spite of a putative ceasefire - is seen by Moscow as
a red line.
Washington has sent military aid to the regime in
Kiev and is to step up its training of neo-Nazi
brigades that have been involved in crimes against
humanity on the people of Donetsk and Luhansk;
simply because these people refuse to recognize the
illegal regime-change operation in their country.
Latest reports this week say that the Kiev regime is
preparing to escalate its military assault on the
eastern regions in violation of a ceasefire it
signed up to on September 5. Last week, its forces
deliberately shelled a school in Donetsk city
killing two teenage students. This was just the
latest in a long list of such crimes committed by
the Western-backed regime since it launched its
offensive back in April.
That offensive followed days after CIA director John
Brennan secretly visited Kiev and had
behind-closed-door meetings with the regime's
leadership, including the so-called Prime Minister
Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Yatsenyuk has referred to the
Russian-speaking population in the eastern regions
as "sub-humans" who need to be "cleansed". After
nearly seven months of Western-backed state
terrorism by Kiev forces, more than 4,000 people
have been killed and up to one million turned into
Yet in the face of this aggression, Washington and
its NATO allies in Europe continually turn reality
on its head and accuse Russia of fuelling the
conflict, slapping on punitive trade sanctions to
With the servile help of the Western corporate news
media, Washington, its European lackeys and their
stooge regime in Kiev shamelessly invent stories of
Russian military forces invading Ukraine. Images of
army convoys are played over and over again without
verifiable dates or locations. Based on NATO say-so
and outrageous double think, Russia has allegedly
violated Ukrainian sovereignty.
This week, Russian foreign ministry spokesman
Alexander Lukashevich again reiterated Moscow's
denial that it has sent troops or military equipment
into eastern Ukraine. He said of the latest NATO
claims: "Instead of giving the facts, all they have
to present is unfounded accusations. It would be far
better to ask the [Western] officials who make such
statements in order to fan tensions and justify
Russian ministry of defence spokesman Igor
Konashenkov was even more blunt. He said: "We have
already stopped paying attention to unfounded
statements by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in
Europe General Philip Breedlove about his 'seeing'
Russian military columns that are allegedly invading
It seems as if Moscow has finally got tired of
dealing with idiotic Americans and their European
puppets through normal diplomatic discourse. Putin
may have met Obama briefly at the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation summit last week and during the
G20 gathering this weekend in Australia, but it has
been reported that the Russian leader no longer
takes phone calls from his counterpart in the White
House - much to Obama's chagrin.
When up against an irrational, arrogant bully, the
only language he understands is in-your-face force.
Russia is right to put warplanes on patrol near US
airspace. After all, American warplanes have been
doing just the same towards Russia or years. Only
the arrogant, exceptional nation thinks it has the
right to do so without consequences. And no amount
of diplomatic reasoning will ever prevail on such an
Put it another way, to keep pandering with futile
diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force
with Washington and its minions would be the really
reckless option. You don't encourage a bully.
Instead, you have to square up and push back.
Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written
extensively on international affairs, with articles
published in several languages. He is a Masterís
graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a
scientific editor for the Royal Society of
Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a
career in journalism. He is also a musician and
songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an
editor and writer in major news media organisations,
including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.