Really Want War with Russia?
- War with Russia appears increasingly likely as the
US and its NATO satraps continue their military
provocations of Moscow.
mount, our foolish politicians should all be forced
to read, and then re-read, Prof. Christopher Clark’s
magisterial book, ‘The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went
to War in 1914.’ What is past increasingly appears
carefully details how small cabals of anti-German
senior officials in France, Britain and Russia
engineered World War I, a dire conflict that was
unnecessary, idiotic, and illogical. Germany and
Austria-Hungary of course share some the blame, but
to a much lesser degree than the bellicose French,
Serbs, Russians and British.
seeing the same process at work today. The war party
in Washington, backed by the military-industrial
complex, the tame media, and the neocons, are
agitating hard for war.
US and NATO
combat forces are being sent to Russia’s western
borders in Ukraine, the Baltic and Black Sea. NATO
is arming, financing ($40 billion so far) and
supplying Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
Prominent Americans are calling for the US to attack
Russian forces in Syria. US warships are off
Russia’s coasts in the Black Sea, Baltic and
Pacific. NATO air forces are probing Russia’s
western air borders.
this is great power shadow boxing, trying to cow
insubordinate Russia into accepting Washington’s
orders. But much appears to be the work of the hard
right and neocons in the US and Europe in spite of
the desire of most Americans and Europeans to avoid
armed conflict with Russia.
daily barrage of anti-Russian, anti-Putin invective
in the US media and the European media controlled by
the US. Germany’s lapdog media behaves as if the US
postwar occupation is still in force – and perhaps
it is. Germany has not had a truly independent
foreign policy since the war.
amazing break with Berlin’s normally obsequious
behavior, German’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter
Steinmeier, just demanded that Washington and NATO
stop their ‘sabre-rattling’ against Russia. He
speaks for many Germans and other Europeans who are
deeply alarmed by the alliance’s provocations of
many Europeans want to see the end of NATO-imposed
sanctions against Russia that were ordered by the
US. No one in Europe cares about Russia’s
re-occupation of Crimea. The sanctions have been a
big backfire, seriously hurting EU exports to Russia
at a time of marked economic weakness. Nor are any
Europeans ready to fight a war, or worse, even court
nuclear war, for such dark-side-of-the-moon places
as eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk or Mariupol.
numb-brained Republican members of Congress, who
could not find Crimea on a map if their lives
depended on it, may be counted on to beat the war
drums to please their big donors and hard right
Republican to buck this trend is Donald Trump who,
for all his other foolish positions, has the clear
sense to see no benefit for the US in antagonizing
Russia and seeking war in Europe or the Mideast.
What the US
and its sidekick NATO has done so far is to
antagonize Russia and affirm its deeply held fears
that the west is always an implacable enemy. But it
seems very unlikely that the tough Vlad Putin and
his battle-hardened nation is going to be cowed into
submission by a few thousand US and NATO troops, a
few frigates and some flyovers. Ever since Frederick
the Great, wise European leaders have learned not to
fight with Russia.
President Obama’s strategic Walkures, Samantha
Power, Susan Rice and, until recently, Hillary
Clinton. They proved the most bungling
military-strategic leadership since Madame de
Pompadour was briefly given command of France’s
armies by King Louis XV and proved an epic disaster.
shudders watching Hillary Clinton aspire to be a
inevitable that land, sea and air provocations
against Russia will eventually result in accidental
clashes and a stern Russian response. All one needs
is a Sarajevo II terror incident to spark a big
shooting war between nuclear powers.
Margolis is an award-winning, internationally
syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in
the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune
the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf
Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan,
Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other
news sites in Asia.
Eric S. Margolis 2016