All-Out War with Russia?
By Finian Cunningham
April 25, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "SCF"
- The reckless American leaders are putting in place incendiary elements
that heighten the risk of all-out war with Russia.
For several weeks now the
Ukrainian self-defence militia in the breakaway eastern Donbas region have been
warning that the US-backed Kiev regime is readying to break a fragile ceasefire
and resume its offensive. The refusal, as mandated by the truce, to fully
withdraw heavy artillery and the ongoing practice of live-fire drills near the
conflict zone are evidences cited.
With the reported arrival of 300
American paratroopers in Ukraine collaborating with Kiev’s Neo-Nazi National
Guard brigades – the worst offenders over the past year’s fighting in eastern
Ukraine – that development is an alarming harbinger of imminent conflict.
The Minsk ceasefire – brokered by
Russia, Germany and France – has up to this moment held for over two months.
Given the Kiev regime’s past breach of previous ceasefires, the duration of the
truce signed on February 12 surprised many. But now it seems the levee is about
to burst ushering more violence in the region.
Of utmost concern is that the US
military forces have reportedly moved into the Donetsk region near the conflict
The arrival of the US troops was
already described by Moscow as a breach of the Minsk ceasefire. Bad enough was
that the Americans were supposed to conduct their military exercises in the far
west of the country, near the city of Lviv. Inexplicably, according to the
Russian Ministry of Defence, US troops belonging to the 173rd
Airborne Brigade have taken up «training» positions in Donetsk only 20-30
kilometres from the conflict zone. Those positions include the towns of
Artemivsk, Severodonetsk and Volnovakha.
Moreover, the military training
given by the Americans to their charges include the use of US-made weapons, not
the usual Soviet-style munitions that the Ukrainian Armed Forces traditionally
use. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich notes that the
mode of training indicates that Washington is preparing to fulfil its promises
of supplying lethal weapons to the Kiev regime.
The disturbing upshot of the
ceasefire breaking in eastern Ukraine is that this time around the United States
will be an overt participant in any renewed war. Not only the US, but two other
closely aligned members of the NATO alliance – Canada and Britain. Nearly 600
troops from these three countries are in place acting as «military advisors» and
providing weapons training to Kiev’s forces.
If the shaky Minsk ceasefire
collapses, as many fear it might, then the situation has American, Canadian and
British military boots on the ground and on the side of the Kiev regime. There
is no equivocation about it. These NATO members will then be overtly at war in
Ukraine fighting for a Neo-Nazi regime that has been responsible for 6,000
deaths over the past year in its wanton offensive on the Russian-speaking people
of Donetsk and Luhansk.
That new situation will have
dispelled the erstwhile pretence of Washington and its allies «only» providing
indirect support to Kiev. For these Western powers will be at war – officially.
In addition to the sinister
military build-up on the ground, Washington has began a revamped choreographing
of disinformation and war propaganda.
In recent days, the US ambassador
to Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt, took to social media with more shrill claims of Russian
military presence in eastern Ukraine. Pyatt averred that it was «the highest
concentration of Russian air defence forces in eastern Ukraine since [last]
August.» He posted a photograph of a Buk Missile system, which actually turns
out to be taken from a commercial military exhibition held in Russia two years
Pyatt, along with State Department
official Victoria Nuland, it may be recalled, was the architect of the coup in
Kiev last February when the American CIA backed the violent overthrow of the
elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, the
US State Department used the exact same formulation of words to claim Russia was
installing advanced air defence systems in eastern Ukraine. There is «no doubt
that Russia is involved,» said spokeswoman Marie Harf, without, as usual,
providing any evidence. When asked about exact numbers of alleged Russian forces
in eastern Ukraine, Harf's cosmetic demeanour appeared to crumble with
uncertainty. «It is really hard to get precise information about Russian troop
numbers specifically, but we know there is a substantial Russian presence,» she
Ironically, Washington cited these
alleged infractions to accuse Russia of «violating the Minsk ceasefire». That
could be construed as an act of war «requiring» Kiev forces to «respond». The
irony is cloyingly rich given that it is the US that has sent paratroopers into
eastern Ukraine to train Neo-Nazi brigades on how to kill more ethnic Russians.
Apart from outright falsification
of the alleged presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, the potential is rife for
so-called false-flag terror attacks carried out by the Kiev regime and its
American handlers. Such an atrocity, amplified by the dutiful Western news
media, could in turn be cited as «justification» to relaunch hostilities.
Earlier this year, for example, on
January 13, near the town of Volnovakha, a bus carrying civilians was blown up
reportedly with a roadside mine, killing 12 people onboard. The US-backed
president in Kiev Petro Poroshenko immediately blamed «Russian terrorists». It
has been a familiar routine over the past year whose choreography suggests
premeditated planning. In the Volnovakha bus massacre only later did it emerge
that the explosive device belonged to the Kiev forces who hold that area, and it
may indeed have been set off deliberately to impute the pro-Russian rebels.
Volnovakha is one of the towns in eastern Ukraine where US troops are now
reportedly carrying out military exercises with the disreputable National Guard
whose crimes against civilians in eastern Ukraine is amply documented, even by
Western human rights groups.
The combined factors in this
equation do not bode well. US and NATO troops on the ground in eastern Ukraine
working with Neo-Nazi paramilitaries plus renewed audacious media attempts to
criminalise Russia. That array of factors equals a return to all-out war, this
time with NATO openly participating. The provocation to Russia has to be seen in
the wider even more troubling context of American-led NATO build-up of troops,
warplanes, warships and missiles across Eastern Europe – and all pointed at
This begs the inimitable
conclusion of Washington choreographing events for an all-out war with Russia.
And given the decrepit, crumbling
state of America’s global empire and its bankrupt capitalist economy, the
pernicious motive for such a war begins to look compelling.
Unless, of course, the American
people and the rest of the world can somehow unite – to abolish the
out-of-control regime in Washington.