Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Opening the Gates to World War III — Paul Craig Roberts

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.

Roberts suggests that Russia establish a no-fly zone over the break away regions in order to put an end to the fighting. This would be a good short term move. The West is trying to rapidly take control of the whole country using military means. However, the longer things continue the worse the economic conditions in the remainder of the country. Ukraine, already suffering economically, will become worse off - which will be bad PR for the militarists in the capital.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2014.]

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