Eurasian Emporium or Nuclear War?
By Pepe Escobar
April 06, 2015 "ICH"
Times" - A high-level European diplomatic source has
confirmed to Asia Times that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has
vigorously approached Beijing in an effort to disrupt its multi-front strategic
partnership with Russia.
Beijing won’t necessarily
listen to this political gesture from Berlin, as China is tuning the strings on
its pan-Eurasian New Silk Road project, which implies close
trade/commerce/business ties with both Germany and Russia.
The German gambit reveals yet more pressure by hawkish sectors
of the U.S. government who are intent on targeting and encircling Russia. For
all the talk about Merkel’s outrage over the U.S. National Security Agency’s
tapping shenanigans, the chancellor walks Washington’s walk. Real “outrage”
means nothing unless she unilaterally ends sanctions on Russia. In the absence
of such a response by Merkel, we’re in the realm of good guy-bad guy negotiating
The bottom line is that Washington cannot possibly tolerate a
close Germany-Russia trade/political relationship, as it directly threatens its
hegemony in the Empire of Chaos.
Thus, the whole Ukraine tragedy has absolutely nothing to do
with human rights or the sanctity of borders. NATO ripped Kosovo away from
Yugoslavia-Serbia without even bothering to hold a vote, such as the one that
took place in Crimea.
Watch those S-500s
In parallel, another fascinating gambit is developing. Some
sectors of U.S. Think Tankland – with their cozy CIA ties – are now hedging
their bets about Cold War 2.0, out of fear that they have misjudged what really
happens on the geopolitical chessboard.
I’ve just returned from Moscow, and there’s a feeling the
Federal Security Bureau and Russian military intelligence are increasingly fed
up with the endless stream of Washington/NATO provocations – from the Baltics to
Central Asia, from Poland to Romania, from Azerbaijan to Turkey.
This is an extensive but still only
partial summary of what’s seen all across Russia as an existential threat:
Washington/NATO’s intent to block Russia’s Eurasian trade and development;
destroy its defense perimeter; and entice it into a shooting war.
A shooting war is not exactly a brilliant idea. Russia’s S-500
anti-missile missiles and anti-aircraft missiles can intercept any existing
ICBM, cruise missile or aircraft. S-500s travel at 15,480 miles an hour; reach
an altitude of 115 miles; travel horizontally 2,174 miles; and can intercept up
to ten incoming missiles. They simply cannot be stopped by any American
Some on the U.S. side say the S-500 system is being rolled
out in a crash program, as an American intel source told Asia Times. There’s
been no Russian confirmation. Officially, Moscow says the system is slated to be
rolled out in 2017. End result, now or later: it will seal Russian airspace.
It’s easy to draw the necessary conclusions.
That makes the Obama administration’s “policy” of promoting
war hysteria, coupled with unleashing a sanction, ruble and oil war against
Russia, the work of a bunch of sub-zoology specimens.
Some adults in the EU have already seen the writing on the
(nuclear) wall. NATO’s conventional defenses are a joke. Any military buildup –
as it’s happening now – is also a joke, as it could be demolished by the 5,000
tactical nuclear weapons Moscow would be able to use.
When in doubt, bully
Of course it takes time to turn the current Cold War 2.0
mindset around, but there are indications the Masters of the Universe are
listening – as this
essay shows. Call it the first (public) break in the ice.
Let’s assume Russia decided to mobilize five million troops,
and switch to military production. The “West” would back down to an entente
cordiale in a flash. And let’s assume Moscow decided to confiscate what remains
of dodgy oligarch wealth. Vladimir Putin’s approval rate – which is not exactly
shabby as it stands – would soar to at least 98%. Putin has been quite
restrained so far. And still his childishly hysterical demonization persists.
It’s a non-stop escalation scenario. Color revolutions. The
Maidan coup. Sanctions; “evil” Hitler/Putin; Ukraine to enter NATO; NATO bases
all over. And yet reality – as in the Crimean counter coup, and the battlefield
victories by the armies of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk – has
derailed the most elaborate U.S. State Department/NATO plans. On top of it
Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande were forced into an entente cordiale with
Russia – on Minsk 2 – because they knew that would be the only way to stop
Washington from further weaponizing Kiev.
Putin is essentially committed to a very complex
preservation/flowering process of Russia’s history and culture, with overtones
of pan-Slavism and Eurasianism. Comparing him to Hitler does not even qualify as
a kindergarten prank.
Yet don’t expect Washington neo-cons to understand Russian
history or culture. Most of them would not even survive a Q&A on their beloved
heroes Leo Strauss and Carl Schmitt. Moreover, their anti-intellectualism and
exceptionalist arrogance creates only a privileged space for undiluted bullying.
A U.S. academic, one of my sources, sent a letter to Nancy
Pelosi copied to a notorious neo-con, the husband of Victoria, the Queen of
Nulandistan. Here’s the neo-con’s response, via his Brookings Institution email:
“Why don’t you go (expletive deleted) yourself?” Yet another graphic case of
husband and wife deserving each other.
At least there seem to be sound IQs in the Beltway driven to
combat the neo-con cell inside the State Department, the neo-con infested
editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, an array of
think tanks, and of course NATO, whose current military leader, Gen. Breedlove/Breedhate,
is working hard on his post-mod impersonation of Dr. Strangelove.
Russian “aggression” is a myth. Moscow’s strategy, so far, has
been pure self-defense. Moscow in a flash will strongly advance a strategic
cooperation with the West if the West understands Russia’s security interests.
If those are violated – as in provoking the bear – the bear will respond. A
minimum understanding of history reveals that the bear knows one or two things
about enduring suffering. It simply won’t collapse – or melt away.
Meanwhile, another myth has also been debunked: That sanctions
would badly hurt Russia’s exports and trade surpluses. Of course there was hurt,
but bearable. Russia enjoys a wealth of raw materials and massive internal
production capability – enough to meet the bulk of internal demand.
So we’re back to the EU, Russia and China, and everyone in
between, all joining the greatest trade emporium in history across the whole of
Eurasia. That’s what Putin proposed in Germany a few years ago, and that’s what
the Chinese are already doing. And what do the neo-cons propose? A nuclear war
on European soil.
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