Monday, June 4, 2007

There Won't Be Another Cold War

It's the joke of the year since Iranian missile cannot reach Europe... these days, the Americans tell a lot of jokes. Iranian missiles are incapable of reaching Europe and it is very unlikely that they (the Americans) do not know this.

Ali Larijani, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council, Iran

Iran simply does not have the ability to launch a missile attack against Europe. Moreover, since the E.U. is Iran's biggest trading partner, an Iranian missile strike against Europe wouldn't make any sense. Larijani is wrong about one thing though. This isn't the joke of the year. The idea that North Korea could launch a missile attack against Europe is even funnier.

Side note: the utter contempt with which the current U.S. administration holds the general public is infuriating. They really expect us to swallow these lies?! Well, as Adolph Hitler wrote in 1925, people are most likely to believe a big lie since the average person cannot fathom that anyone would go to such lengths to distort the truth.

So, if the official justification for building missile defenses in Eastern Europe is a lie, then why is U.S. building them? When examined through the lens of the U.S. policy toward Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, the answer to this question becomes obvious. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. has pursued policies designed systematically and ruthlessly to destroy Russia.

The first Bush and Clinton administrations carried out the initial phase of the effort -- the looting of the Russian financial system. Under the auspices of the IMF and with the assistance of corrupt Russian politicans (e.g. Boris Yeltsin) and businessmen (i.e. gangsters), billions of dollars were funneled out of Russia and into U.S. banks.

Simultaneously and continuing into the present, the U.S. government has sought to fragment the countries of the former Soviet Union into as many little countries as possible, since little weak countries are easier to dominate than larger ones. The obvious supplement to this strategy has been the support of anti-Russian, pro-U.S. governments in the former Warsaw Pact nations of Eastern Europe. Altogether, these are the newly independent states of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, many of which are governed by corrupt, religious fundamentalist and/or right-wing politicans whose only mark of distinction is that they hate Russia and love Uncle Sam.

Side note: NATO absorbed the Baltic States and Poland during these years. The governments in these countries are now openly working to rehabilitate Nazism and demonize the Red Army which was largely responsible for the Nazi defeat in Europe. I wrote about this in a post last month.

The final phase of the plan is to encircle Russia with missile defenses using the pro-U.S. countries of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact as bases. This, theoretically (since missile defense systems have not been proven to actually work), would allow the U.S. the liberty to launch a nuclear attack against Russia without fear of reprisal.

But why would the U.S. want to do all this to Russia? As Zbigniew Brzezinski -- probably the most influential geo-strategist since Henry Kissinger -- wrote:

The most immediate task [in the wake of the Cold War] is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role (page 198, The Grand Chessboard, 1997).

Why is Eurasia so important?

Eurasia is the globe's largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources (page 31, The Grand Chessboard, 1997).

In other words the U.S. ruling class must neutralize Russia in order to dominate Eurasia -- the key to global domination.

Russia is still able to challenge the U.S. despite its severe financial handicap and the loss of much of its former territorial influence thanks to its massive wealth of energy resources defended by its gigantic nuclear arsenal. Moreover, the war in Iraq has served to increase Russia's wealth by driving global energy prices to historical heights and strengthen its influence in the world by utterly wrecking the U.S.'s credibility.

As is normally the case, it's the masses of Russian people who have suffered the worst effects of Washington's policy towards Russia. Moreover, if the U.S. ruling elite's quest for global domination precipitates a global war, it will be the masses of people who pay the cost.

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