An Upside Down Version of Reality?


Nato Expansion since 1990
Nato Expansion since 1990
Orginal Article by: By John Beacham May 04, 2016

Who’s Doing the Real Saber Rattling?

On May 3, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, in Germany for a NATO ceremony, accused Russia of “nuclear saber-rattling.” A very serious claim, if true. Carter said, “Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises troubling questions about Russia’s leaders’ commitment to strategic stability.”

This statement came right on the heels of the revelation that NATO is developing plans to station 4,000 troops in Poland and the Baltic states right on the border with Russia. Part of the plan may include installing a German battalion on a border with Russia. Stationing U.S. and NATO troops on the border of Russia, especially if Germany were to set up a permanent base, would be a very serious provocation.

The misleading accusation that Russia is using its nuclear arsenal to destabilize Europe is an amazing distortion of reality and must be called out for what it is, an attempt on the part of the United States to dress up an offensive maneuver—massing fighting forces on a country’s border—as a defensive maneuver.

The State Department and the Pentagon have also used as justification for the troop buildup a recent incident in which a Russian jet flew over a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea. The U.S. media characterized it as “provocative” and “aggressive.” This is a ridiculous interpretation.

Where do International Waters Start?

The U.S. warship was a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook. The Baltic Sea borders Russia. Let’s think this through. If  a Russian guided-missile destroyer was “patrolling” in the Gulf of Mexico, wouldn’t the U.S. military dispatch warplanes (and perhaps much more) to intercept the destroyer? In fact, let’s be honest, the U.S. military would most likely either assault, capture or destroy a Russian warship that merely attempted to enter the Gulf of Mexico, whether or not Mexico invited the ship. The U.S. would say that the very existence of the warship in the gulf was an act of aggression.

250px-Zonmar-en.svgMake no mistake, although the United States and Russia are not at war, every maneuver by a U.S. destroyer is carrying out a military strategy. TheUSS Donald Cook is armed with cruise missiles. You don’t simply send a destroyer on a random mission. Why else would you send a “patrol” within striking distance of Russian cities during a time of heightened tensions other than to send a forceful message to Moscow? It’s obvious. Sending the warship was an aggressive action aimed at Russia. See more here.

Russia has responded to U.S. provocations with plans to shift more troops to the border and with plans to create three more military divisions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, “NATO military infrastructure is inching closer and closer to Russia’s borders. But when Russia takes action to ensure its security, we are told that Russia is engaging in dangerous maneuvers near NATO borders. In fact, NATO borders are getting closer to Russia, not the opposite.”

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U.S. responsible for major powers

climbing the ladder of escalation

There is no simplistic dynamic in the deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, but let’s be clear. It is not Russia that is encircling the United States with missile batteries and troops. It is the United States that is encircling Russia with missile batteries and troops. It isn’t Russia that wages war on the U.S. economy. The exact opposite is true.

It isn’t Russia that is carrying out a series of military exercises all along the U.S. border that simulate the invasion of the United States. The exact opposite is true.

It wasn’t Russia that helped overthrow the Ukrainian government alongside fascists and hard-right groupings in 2014. That was the United States. In Crimea, which left Ukraine after the coup and rejoined Russia, Russia acted to maintain its only warm water naval port in Sevastopol. For Russia, it was an existential necessity to reincorporate Crimea.

It was the United States that destroyed Iraq, Libya and helped to destroy vast parts of Syria, making possible the rise of ISIS. Russia, on the contrary, has intervened in Syria to help stabilize Syria and defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda. (It must be noted that one of the three bases Russia has outside it’s territory is in Syria)

This list could be much, much longer. But it all breaks down to this: In reality, the United States is the aggressor while presenting Russia as the aggressor. Washington and the Pentagon are conveying to the people of the United States an entirely upside down version of reality.

According to polls, a big majority of the people in Germany and France are very opposed to stationing NATO troops on the border of Russia.

In Poland, where 80 percent of the population has a negative view of Russia, Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski believes that Russia is a greater threat than ISIS! The leaders of Poland and the Baltic states are actively seeking the stationing of NATO troops in their countries, not out of any direct threat that Russia has made to their sovereignty, but out of a die-hard anti-Russian orientation. The elites in those countries have long sought the diminution or destruction of Russia. In fact, Russia is not at all an immediate military threat to any country.

In the United States, we must not only see the conflict between Russia and the United States with clarity, we must also act to prevent a larger war. You do not need to be a supporter of the Russian government to understand Russia’s reasonable attempts to defend its sovereignty. This is clearly not a case where there is equal blame on both sides in the ramping up of a confrontation that could quickly spiral out of control.

Drawing Lines in the Sand 

Though it is a relatively strong country, Russia is being targeted—not for any reactionary policies—but for drawing existential lines in the sand that have, in some cases, made it harder for U.S. imperialism to bully other countries and to unilaterally set the agenda for the rest of the world. The only sense in which Russia is a threat to the United States or Europe is that it is not willing to give up the entire planet to United States in each and every situation. In that vein, Russia is certainly talking and acting tougher and even being more proactive in its plans and actions.

The type of machinations that are happening right now in Eastern Europe are precisely the types of things that happened in the years preceding both world wars. It is impossible to understate how much another world war would be a calamity of unprecedented proportions. If any country on the planet is the most responsible for tensions among major powers and for exacerbating conflict, it is the United States. It is not hyperbole to say that the fate of the human race relies on us bringing the era of imperialism to a conclusion and ushering in a new era guided by the principles of cooperation and genuine equality between nations. This era of deceitful warmongers and one country hegemony needs to be forcefully brought to an end.

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Russia’s Immortal Regiment – Never to be Forgotten

As the world this week celebrates the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II, a war in which at least 50 million people perished needlessly, the progressive and socialist forces of the world must build a movement to resist another war between major powers—must urgently build a movement to end all wars once and for all. See more here.

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11 thoughts on “An Upside Down Version of Reality?

  1. Yes. Enough natural problems to deal with. The so called super powers have enormous strength but they are weak in recognising certain aspects of love reaching across frontiers.

  2. As an American, I am appalled at the shows of force by the military, which I am sure is a direct result of politicians actually trying to start trouble. Some of those in power cannot stand peace, regardless of what they say publicly. They are, I believe, afraid to think they are not the most powerful, scared to let other countries have any means to protect themselves.

    I think the correct word would be “Warmongers.”
    (How long do you think until our Homeland Security sends the FBI to me for these “treasonous” remarks?)

    1. John, their secrets are no longer secrets. It only a matter of time before they will have to either put all of you away or…………..the people will have to rebel. The path they set is one of ultimate destruction it’s only a matter of time.

  3. The first two maps says it all. The reason the west wants war is to take care of its unemployment and please the NOC’s, LMT’s BAH’s etc. multinational war businesses.
    Leslie

      1. I would be surprised if most of the people didn’t know what’s going. That ‘s why there is so much anger among the populace. We’re being had and we know it.
        Leslie

  4. You guys are strange! All of you just saying about what are in US and Russia interests. Looks like there are no any country and people in the World but them. Do you know what people of these numerous countries thinking, what they want, what kind of life they like and who they want to make friendship with? It looks that only US and Russia know how people have to live and they want to control these countries. You know what, sitting in the deep of US and Russia and follow by their propaganda you never know anything. Just lift up your as and go to these countries which were under Russia control after WWII and ask people what they want. Then you can discuss the problem of US and Russia domination.

    1. Alex, you have a very good point. I don’t know. It’s only my viewpoint. Thanks for sharing. Are you talking about Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Albania???? I’d love to travel there and here what they have to say.

  5. Steve, I am sorry for my a little bit aggressive comment. Actually, I am trying to avoid any political discussions because it is impossible to find any consensus with the people who somehow spoiled by propaganda. My way is to meet different people talk to them but most listen and make my own conclusions which most of the time do not match with common point of view. I lived long life (almost 50 years) in one of the Soviet Union Repablic. Thanks to my job I traveled a lot from West to Far East and from North to South. I stayed in many cities for months and met many people there, listened their stories, knew their cultures and found that by that time Americans and Europeans (even Germans) were not for almost all of them enemies. It was the time of Cold War!!! Unfortunately, nowadays because of aggressive propaganda most of Russian people think they live in a circle of enemies. I know that not from TV, internet or other media, I still connect with many people in former Soviet Republcs. And it is too bad. They do not want to hear any arguments to break that understanding.
    If you’ll have a chance to visit countries that you mentioned do it. Nothing to lose but a lot to win. Again, I do not want to convince anybody I am right and my opponent is wrong. All of us have to have our own vision of the situation, but there is no reason to make enemies if our opinions are not the same. And it was like that before Russian Government start to brainwash the population.
    Because I am not there anymore I have no rights to critic their life. I am leaving it for citizens of the country. If they like that kind of life nothing we can do. The only thing which really bother me it is the wrong thinking about enemies around them. I’ve not met anybody here in Canada and in many countries where I’ve been who even mention Russians, not counted them as enemies.

    1. Thanks Alexander, This is exactly what I’ve thought as well. I suspect my vision is a bit skewed since I live here, but I have noticed that most people don’t think of America as their enemy. What they see as well as myself the atrocities that the U.S. government have and are comminting. Don’t need to go into the detail cause everyone is aware of the matter. Or at least I hope so. Would you please consider being a guest blogger and share these views. I believe it so important for a good balance of information. Thanks for considering.

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