US War on Russia
June 22, 2016 "Information
President Vladimir Putin’s comparison of increasing
US-led NATO aggression towards Russia to the attack
by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union is advisedly
addressing the Russian State Duma this week
on the occasion 75 years ago when the Nazi Third
Reich launched Operation Barbarossa on June 22,
Germany’s aggression, which led to the Great
Patriotic War in which up to 30 million Soviet
citizens lost their lives in order to gain victory
against that fascist power, was at bottom an attack
by Western imperialism. As Putin reminded, this
fundamental fact is often omitted in Western
In that way,
the significance of NATO’s current military buildup
– what else is that but aggression? – on Russian
territory is all too often absent in Western media.
And, by extension, Western public appreciation is
lacking on how sinister the unfolding situation is.
history over centuries is replete with examples
of where Western imperialist powers have tried – and
failed – to subjugate Russia with military attack
from its Western flank.
consistent with historical precedent that Putin
should describe “increasing aggression” by the
American-led NATO military alliance in the same
context as the repugnant Nazi assault on Russia.
burgeoning US-led aggression towards Russia – in the
form of provocative political campaigns to demonize
and vilify with false accusations, economic
sanctions and the spurning of diplomacy and
dialogue, as well as the expansion of military
forces, including the deployment of missile systems
– is in a long, reprehensible tradition of Western
belligerence towards Russia, going back to,
among others, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and
German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler.
congenital aggression towards Russia stems from the
dynamic of the Western economic system
of capitalism, which in turns begets imperialism
as its necessary tool for expropriating natural
resources and subjugating foreign nations.
not the only target of Western aggression,
of course. But the largest nation by land mass
on Earth is and always has been a prime target.
little-known historical record – at least in Western
media – is that Nazi Germany was fomented
by American and British capitalism as a proxy
with which to vanquish the Soviet Union. The
subsequent Western alliance with Soviet Russia
to defeat Nazi Germany was merely a cynical
damage-control move by the Western powers who were
witnessing their Nazi attack dog being muzzled and
anyone who has a sound understanding of history –
as opposed to the anesthetizing non-history common
in the West – be not perplexed by the current US-led
military menace on Russia’s Western flank?
be a matter of deep concern that even Germany’s
foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week
denounced the largest-ever NATO war exercises
being conducted in Poland as “warmongering”.
underscores the alarm is that Washington and certain
NATO allies are pushing this confrontational agenda
without the slightest discussion in Western media or
among the Western public. As President Putin pointed
out, people in the West are oblivious to the dangers
of potential global war because the Western media is
committing a huge disservice by not informing
accurately on developments.
any number of flash-points where NATO’s military
could combust into all-out war with Russia. The
Baltic region, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, the Southern
Caucus region, or the Black Sea where US warships
continue to penetrate in violation of international
treaties. Certainly, historical precedent strongly
suggests this geographical swathe.
As the US
presidential election swings towards Democrat
contender Hillary Clinton, that portends ominously
for relations with Russia. It was Clinton who
as Secretary of State in the first Obama
administration in 2009-2013 plunged bilateral
relations into the freezer and who set the course
for the present geopolitical tensions.
concern is Clinton’s likely
to head the Pentagon
. It is hotly
tipped that Clinton will appoint Michele Flournoy
as the first female Secretary of Defense. Flournoy
(56) is a prominent Pentagon insider, with close
links to the military and CIA. We can be sure that
this duo will keenly push a bellicose agenda
week, Flournoy made strident calls for increased US
military intervention in Syria. She wants to deploy
large numbers of American troops and openly use
military force to topple the Syrian government
of President Bashar al-Assad.
Under Obama, regime change has been a covert
enterprise through proxies such as Saudi Arabia,
Turkey and a menagerie of terrorist militia. Under
Clinton, the signs are that regime change in Syria
will be made an overt military objective.
calling for the use of cruise missiles to hit Assad
targets, including those of allied Russian forces
“If you bomb
the folks we support, we will retaliate using
standoff means to destroy [Russian] proxy forces,
or, in this case, Syrian assets,” she told the
military publication Defense One.
said the US should jettison the pretense of fighting
terror groups, and instead direct its efforts
to remove Assad from power in Syria.
contravention of international law and UN
resolutions on Syria, the probable next White House
administration is declaring war on Syria. Such a
move is an unabashed aggression towards Russian
strategic interests and calculated explicitly
with military strikes on Russian forces in Syria. In
short, a wider war with Russia.
Middle East proves to be the flash-point of American
aggression towards Russia remains to be seen
over the coming months. But one thing seems
irrefutably clear by now. Washington is already
on the path of war.
war on Russia is looming. Maybe the people of the US
and Europe can stop that outcome by threatening
political ad social revolt, on the streets if
necessary since the electoral process seems to be
stacked against the democratic will.
solemn anniversary of Nazi Germany’s ill-fated
invasion of the Soviet Union 75 years ago, it is
astounding that such horror seems largely forgotten
in the West. The criminal, reckless aggression
by US-led NATO forces towards Russia is a sign
of the dangerous ignorance and apathy in the West.
Russia is once
again facing a recurring historical pattern
of Western aggression. President Putin is correct
in his contextualization of NATO’s actions and
attitude alongside the historic Nazi war on Soviet
Russia. Only those who have been brainwashed
by banal Western disinformation would consider such
a warning as “alarmist”.
that is Western capitalist imperialism is salivating
for war again. The positions of war are aligning,
and certainly Syria is among the most volatile,
especially if Hillary Clinton takes over as
stand strong, as Putin firmly stated in his address
to the State Duma.
time around any war would involve a global arsenal
of nuclear weapons that has no precedent. This
really would be war to end all wars – and the planet
too, as we know it.
In the name
of peace and humanity, the onus is on the Western
public to bring the warmongering system to an end –
once and for all – by slaying the beast that is
capitalism and its monstrous twin imperialism.
Cunningham has written extensively on international
affairs, with articles published in several
languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural
Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England,
before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He
is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20
years, he worked as an editor and writer in major
news media organisations, including The Mirror,
Irish Times and Independent.