Gates to World War III
By Paul Craig
November 24, 2014 "ICH"
news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine
for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in
Donetsk and Luhansk.
foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s
reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a
violation of agreements that would make a political
resolution of the conflict less likely. This
statement is perplexing. It implies that the Russian
government has not yet figured out that Washington
has no interest in resolving the conflict.
Washington’s purpose is to use the hapless
Ukrainians against Russia. The worse the conflict
becomes, the happier Washington is.
government made a bet that Europe would come to its
senses and the conflict would be peacefully
resolved. The Russian government has lost that bet
and must immediately move to preempt a worsening
crisis by uniting the separatists provinces with
Russia or by reading the riot act to Europe.
It would be
a costly humiliation for the Russian government to
abandon the ethnic Russians to a military assault.
If Russia stands aside while Donetsk and Luhansk are
destroyed, the next attack will be on Crimea. By the
time Russia is forced to fight Russia will face a
better armed, better prepared, and more formidable
inaction the Russian government is aiding and
abetting Washington’s onslaught against Russia. The
Russian government could tell Europe to call this
off or go without natural gas. The Russian
government could declare a no-fly zone over the
separatist provinces and deliver an ultimatum to
Kiev. The Russian government could accept the
requests from Donetsk and Luhansk for unification or
reunification with Russia. Any one of these actions
would suffice to resolve the conflict before it
spins out of control and opens the gates to World
American people are clueless that Washington is on
the brink of starting a dangerous war. Even informed
commentators become sidetracked in refuting
propaganda that Russia has invaded Ukraine and is
supplying weapons to the separatists. These
commentators are mistaken if they think establishing
the facts will do any good.
intends to remove Russia as a constraint on
Washington’s power. Washington’s arrogance is
forcing a stark choice on Russia: vassalage or war.
Washington’s Reckless Demonization Of Russia
of the developing war scenario in Ukraine is
correct, it would seem that the Russian government
has underestimated Washington’s mendacity and
overestimated European independence and sense of
little doubt that hubris has made Washington insane.
But it is difficult to account for Europe’s
insanity. With winter at hand, how can Europe expect
to be part of bringing such trouble to Russia and
still receive deliveries of natural gas?
Europeans are fooling themselves that Russia will
situation is as dire as it seems, the Russian
government must prevent it from unfolding by
accepting the request of the eastern and southern
provinces to unite with Russia. Then an attack on
Donetsk becomes an attack on Russia herself. Such an
attack would be suicidal for Washington’s puppet
regime in Kiev and for Europeans that back such an
government has done all it can to encourage Europe
to maintain profitable and peaceful relations with
Russia. However, it seems that Europeans are too
firmly under Washington’s control to act in their
own interest. Europe’s vassalage is permitting a
scenario to unfold that could lead to World War III.
The Russian government could preempt this risk by
accepting the separatists’ request for unification
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic
Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps
Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has
had many university appointments. His internet
columns have attracted a worldwide following.
Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.
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