Russia’s False Hopes
By Paul Craig Roberts
September 24, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
Russia so desperately desires to be part of
the disreputable and collapsing West that Russia is losing its grip
Despite hard lesson piled upon hard lesson, Russia
cannot give up its hope of being acceptable to the West. The
only way Russia can be acceptable to the West is to accept vassal
Russia miscalculated that diplomacy could solve
the crisis that Washington created in Ukraine and placed its hopes
on the Minsk Agreement, which has no Western support whatsoever,
neither in Kiev nor in Washington, London, and NATO.
Russia can end the Ukraine crisis by simply
accepting the requests of the former Russian territories to reunite
with Russia. Once the breakaway republics are again part of Russia,
the crisis is over. Ukraine is not going to attack Russia.
Russia doesn’t end the crisis, because Russia
thinks it would be provocative and upset Europe. Actually, that is
what Russia needs to do—upset Europe. Russia needs to make Europe
aware that being Washington’s tool against Russia is risky and has
costs for Europe.
Instead, Russia shields Europe from the costs that
Washington imposes on Europe and imposes little cost on Europe for
acting against Russia in Washington’s interest. Russia still
supplies its declared enemies, whose air forces fly provocative
flights along Russia’s borders, with the energy to put their war
planes into the air.
This is the failure of diplomacy, not its success.
Diplomacy cannot succeed when only one side believes in diplomacy
and the other side believes in force.
Russia needs to understand that diplomacy cannot
work with Washington and its NATO vassals who do not believe in
diplomacy, but rely instead on force. Russia needs to understand
that when Washington declares that Russia is an outlaw state that
“does not act in accordance with international norms,” Washington
means that Russia is not following Washington’s orders. By
“international norms,” Washington means Washington’s will. Countries
that are not in compliance with Washington’s will are not acting in
accordance with “international norms.”
Washington and only Washington determines
“international norms.” America is the “exceptional, indispensable”
country. No other country has this rank.
A country with an independent foreign policy is a
threat to Washington. The neoconservative Wolfowitz Doctrine makes
this completely clear. The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the basis of US
foreign and military policy, defines as a threat any country with
sufficient power to act as a constraint on Washington’s unilateral
action. The Wolfowitz Doctrine states unambiguously that any country
with sufficient power to block Washington’s purposes in the world is
a threat and that “our first objective is to prevent the
re-emergence of” any such country.
Russia, China, and Iran are in Washington’s
crosshairs. Treaties and “cooperation” mean nothing. Cooperation
only causes Washington’s targets to lose focus and to forget that
they are targets. Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov seems to believe
that now with the failure of Washington’s policy of war and
destruction in the Middle East, Washington and Russia can work
together to contain the ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria. This is a
pipe dream. Russia and Washington cannot work together in Syria and
Iraq, because the two governments have conflicting goals. Russia
wants peace, respect for international law, and the containment of
radical jihadists elements. Washington wants war, no legal
constraints, and is funding radical jihadist elements in the
interest of Middle East instability and overthrow of Assad in Syria.
Even if Washington desired the same goals as Russia, for Washington
to work with Russia would undermine the picture of Russia as a
threat and enemy.
Russia, China, and Iran are the three countries
that can constrain Washington’s unilateral action. Consequently, the
three countries are in danger of a pre-emptive nuclear strike. If
these countries are so naive as to believe that they can now work
with Washington, given the failure of Washington’s 14-year old
policy of coercion and violence in the Middle East, by rescuing
Washington from the quagmire it created that gave rise to the
Islamic State, they are deluded sitting ducks for a pre-emptive
Washington created the Islamic State. Washington
used these jihadists to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya and then sent
them to overthrow Assad in Syria. The American neoconservatives,
everyone of whom is allied with Zionist Israel, do not want any
cohesive state in the Middle East capable of interfering with a
“Greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
The ISIS jihadists learned that Washington’s
policy of murdering and displacing millions of Muslims in seven
countries had created an anti-Western constituency for them among
the peoples of the Middle East and have begun acting independently
of their Washington creators.
The consequence is more chaos in the Middle East
and Washington’s loss of control.
Instead of leaving Washington to suffer at the
hands of its own works, Russia and Iran, the two most hated and
demonized countries in the West, have rushed to rescue Washington
from its Middle East follies. This is the failure of Russian and
Iranian strategic thinking. Countries that cannot think
strategically do not survive.
The Iranians need to understand that their treaty
with Washington means nothing. Washington has never honored any
treaty. Just ask the Plains Indians or the last Soviet President
If the Russian government thinks that Washington’s
word means anything, the Russian government is out to lunch.
Iran is well led, and Vladimir Putin has rescued
Russia from US and Israeli control, but both governments continue to
act as if they are taking some drug that makes them think that
Washington can be a partner.
These delusions are dangerous, not only to Russia
and Iran, but to the entire world.
If Russia and Iran let their guard down, they will
be nuked, and so will China.
Washington stands for one thing and one thing
only: World Hegemony.
Just ask the Neoconservatives or read their
The neoconservatives control Washington. No one
else in the government has a voice.
For the neoconservatives, Armageddon is a
tolerable risk to achieve the goal of American World Hegemony.
Only Russia and China can save the world from
Armageddon, but are they too deluded and worshipful of the West to
save Planet Earth?
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
How America Was Lost.