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.
“The US wants to subdue Russia, to solve US problems at Russia’s expense. No one in history ever managed to do this to Russia, and no one ever will.” Vladimir Putin, November 17, 2014.
According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.
A Russian foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a violation of agreements that would make a political resolution of the conflict less likely. This statement is perplexing. It implies that the Russian government has not yet figured out that Washington has no interest in resolving the conflict. Washington’s purpose is to use the hapless Ukrainians against Russia. The worse the conflict becomes, the happier Washington is.
The Russian government made a bet that Europe would come to its senses and the conflict would be peacefully resolved. The Russian government has lost that bet and must immediately move to preempt a worsening crisis by uniting the separatists provinces with Russia or by reading the riot act to Europe.
It would be a costly humiliation for the Russian government to abandon the ethnic Russians to a military assault. If Russia stands aside while Donetsk and Luhansk are destroyed, the next attack will be on Crimea. By the time Russia is forced to fight Russia will face a better armed, better prepared, and more formidable foe.
By its inaction the Russian government is aiding and abetting Washington’s onslaught against Russia. The Russian government could tell Europe to call this off or go without natural gas. The Russian government could declare a no-fly zone over the separatist provinces and deliver an ultimatum to Kiev. The Russian government could accept the requests from Donetsk and Luhansk for unification or reunification with Russia. Any one of these actions would suffice to resolve the conflict before it spins out of control and opens the gates to World War III.
The American people are clueless that Washington is on the brink of starting a dangerous war. Even informed commentators become sidetracked in refuting propaganda that Russia has invaded Ukraine and is supplying weapons to the separatists. These commentators are mistaken if they think establishing the facts will do any good.
Washington intends to remove Russia as a constraint on Washington’s power. Washington’s arrogance is forcing a stark choice on Russia: vassalage or war.
The War Against Putin: What the Government – Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia
“In the West, politicians and journalists of all stripes have referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “thug”, a “tyrant”, a “murderer”, a “Communist”, a “Nazi”, the next “Hitler” and more. But amongst the Russian people, his popularity rating has reached levels as high as 85%. There is even a very popular hit ‘disco’ song about him – ‘A Man Like Putin’. So, who’s right? Why such hatred for Vladimir Putin? Is it justified? Or has Putin been targeted merely for standing up the US-EU Axis of Internationalism? In clear, simple, powerful and concise language – supported by more than 100 illustrations – ‘The War Against Putin’ takes readers on an exciting ‘crash course’ journey from Russia’s Medieval founding, through the days of the Czars, through the Communist Revolution and bloody Civil War, through Stalin & World War II, through the Cold War, through the Soviet collapse, through the Yeltsin disaster, and finally the Putin-led rebirth of the Russian nation. It is one of the “greatest stories never told”, and will shed badly needed light on the new Russia, its dynamic leader, the dark forces aiming to bring about its demise, and maybe even World War III. Says Dr. William Carlucci: “I was glued to the edge of my seat with jaw wide open as I read this gem of a book from start to finish, in a single sitting. The clarity and simplicity with which King’s masterpiece demystifies current events represents a rare ability to speak to the reader with entertaining and understandable prose. This piece really needs to go viral, and fast. 5 Huge Stars!”
Paul Craig Roberts: “The value of this interesting book, a pamphlet really, is in showing how Washington operated against the Soviet Union and how Washington operates against Russia today. Readers will gain insight into the mendacity of the government in Washington and learn that the US and European media are propagandistic organizations that impose false stories on the minds of Americans and Europeans. Anyone who relies on the Western media lives inside The Matrix.
King’s pamphlet is not perfect, but it is valuable and easy to read. In his effort to put Washington’s attack on Putin’s Russia in a historical context, King’s foray into wider history is a bit idiosyncratic. For example, King writes that Hitler had to invade the Soviet Union in order to preempt a looming Soviet invasion of Germany. Such a Soviet attack seems unlikely–indeed impossible–in view of Stalin’s purge of Soviet military commanders that began two months before Hitler’s invasion. Stalin had so many senior officers executed that it is difficult to see how an invasion of Germany could have been possible.
Other explanations of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union seem more plausible. For example, some historians have concluded that Hitler was frustrated by England’s refusal to end the war with a peace treaty. Hitler blamed England’s refusal to end the war on England’s hope that the Soviets could be induced to enter the war against Germany. Hitler decided that a knock-out blow against the Soviet Union would squash the English hope and bring about the end of the war.
Regardless, King is writing about Washington’s war against Russia, not about the Second World War. What King has to say is very different from what Americans and Europeans are being media-fed. The quotes from Putin are worth the price of the pamphlet.
The two-bit punks that inhabit political office in the West and the behind-the-scenes conspirators who pull their strings are overmatched by Vladimir Putin. If the Third World War is avoided, it will be entirely due to Putin’s diplomatic skills and self-control. King’s pamphlet will help you to avoid being whipped up into a frenzy by lies that lead to war”.