Washington Never Joins a Coalition That It Cannot
Russian President Vladimir Putins message at the UN General
Assembly was stark; either sovereign states get together in a broad
coalition against all forms of terror, and the principle of
statehood is respected as enshrined in the UN charter - or there
will be chaos.
By Pepe Escobar
September 29, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Sputnik"-
- This UN General Assembly revealed that the
Obama administration's perpetual newspeak does not cut it anymore. A
review of UN speeches by both Putin and Obama is almost painful
to watch. Putin acted like a serious global statesman. Obama acted
like a poseur flunking a screen test.
key talking points could not but be easily accessible to the
Global South his prime audience, much more than the industrialized
1) The export of color or monochromatic
revolutions is doomed.
2) The alternative to the primacy of statehood is
chaos. This implies that the Assad system in Syria may be immensely
problematic, but it's the only game in town. The alternative is
ISIS/ISIL/Daesh barbarism. There's no credible "moderate
opposition" as there was not in NATO-"liberated" Libya.
3) Only the UN as flawed as it may be is a
guarantor of peace and security in our imperfect, realpolitik
Gotta slay those myths
Washington believed its own Arab Spring myth
in 2011, betting that after Tunis and Cairo, Damascus would fall
in a flash.
The Beltway believed its own
myth of "moderate rebels" taking power.
The Beltway did not listen to Syrian minorities
warning about the danger of an extremist Sunni/Salafi-jihadi take
Thus the current Syrian tragedy; the end result
of a formidably complex power play, political and religious, Syrian,
regional and global.
ISIS/ISIL/Daesh for all its barbarism may
eventually win a few battles, but it won't control the whole of
To defeat the cancer, there's only one
possibility: a real military campaign conducted by a real coalition
including the US, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.
Washington though never
joins a coalition that it cannot control at will.
Thus a possible road map of what may lie ahead
as debated by Obama and Putin, face to face, for 90 minutes in New
York; a two-headed coalition, one led by the US, the other led
by Russia, but "coordinating" on the ground.
Still, Moscow will be struggling to form a
wide-ranging coalition duly approved by the UN.
The task is immense. "Syraq"
will have to be reconstituted.
That implies an Iraq acceptable for all Iraqis
and that's impossible to accomplish without Iran. And a Syria
acceptable to all Syrians and that's impossible without Iran and
Washington after all would have never been able
to accomplish both in the first place. The Empire of Chaos
specializes in nation breaking, not nation building.
Gotta slay that dragon
Gorbachev wanted to integrate the USSR in the
European family aiming for a Europe from the Atlantic to the
Post-Soviet Russia though was not even invited
to enter the house. What happened was NATO colonization of the
former Soviet space.
Gorbachev dreamed that the West would share peace
dividends with Russia. What Russia got instead was a neoliberal
shock and a humiliated society treated as a loser of the Cold War.
Under Putin, Russia tried once again a strategic
partnership with the EU. Does anyone remember Sergey Lavrov as late
as 2011 swearing that modernization of Russia was ready to go as a
pan-European project, just as in the time of Peter the Great?
Yet by 2007, Putin had changed the game, and was
ready to openly contest the unipolar "order" and slowly but surely
project Russia back to the geopolitical limelight.
Post-Ukraine, still under sanctions, but armed
with a strategic partnership with China, the time for a checkmate is
In New York, Putin even
proposed the lineaments of a New World Order. The genuine article,
not that "vision thing" concocted by Daddy Bush post-collapse of the
It would be an equitable, fair world order where
state sovereignty is respected, sanctions are meaningless, NATO
ceases to expand ad infinitum and exceptionalism does not apply.
The devil will be in the (many) details,
of course. For instance, if a coalition to fight ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is
forged and blessed by the UN, it will need the virtually
impossible cohabitation of Sunnis and Shi'ites.
And in the near future, Brussels will have to tame
visceral internal antagonism to have the European Union interacting
with the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union (EEU), which by that time
will be totally integrated with the China-led New Silk Roads.
What's certain for the
overwhelming majority of the Global South is that the Empire
of Chaos made a mess everywhere, from Northern Africa and Southwest
Asia to Russia's western borderlands.
Putin now rides into the hellish mess ready
to slay the dragon of chaos and the machinations of the Empire
of Chaos. His sword? The UN. No wonder checkmated neocons,
neoliberalcons and "humanitarian" imperialists can barely conceal