Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion? By Paul Craig Roberts, 6/26/2014

Shit’s getting real, people. If there’s a world war, we will have an artificial peak oil situation over night. Something like this:

Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion?
By Paul Craig Roberts

June 24, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is trying to save the world from war. We should all help him.

Today Putin’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that President Putin has asked the Russian legislature to repeal the authorization to use force that was granted in order to protect residents of former Russian territories that are currently part of Ukraine from the rabid Russophobic violence that characterizes Washington’s stooge government in Kiev.

Washington’s neoconservatives are jubilant. They regard Putin’s diplomacy as a sign of weakness and fear, and urge stronger steps that will force Russia to give back Crimea and the Black Sea naval base.

Inside Russia, Washington is encouraging its NGO fifth columns to undercut Putin’s support with propaganda that Putin is afraid to stand up for Russians and has sold out Ukraine’s Russian population. If this propaganda gains traction, Putin will be distracted by street protests. The appearance of Putin’s domestic weakness would embolden Washington. Many members of Russia’s young professional class are swayed by Washington’s propaganda. Essentially, these Russians, brainwashed by US propaganda, are aligned with Washington, not with the Kremlin.

Putin has placed his future and that of his country on a bet that Russian diplomacy can prevail over Washington’s bribes, threats, blackmail, and coercion. Putin is appealing to Western Europeans. Putin is saying, “I am not the problem. Russia is not the problem. We are reasonable. We are ignoring Washington’s provocations. We want to work things out and to find a peaceful solution.”

Washington is saying: “Russia is a threat. Putin is the new Hitler. Russia is the enemy. NATO and the US must begin a military buildup against the Russian Threat, rush troops and jet fighters to Eastern European NATO bases on Russia’s frontier. G-8 meetings must be held without Russia. Economic sanctions must be put on Russia regardless of the damage the sanctions do to Europe.” And so forth.

Putin says: “I’m here for you. Let’s work this out.”

Washington says: “Russia is the enemy.”

Putin knows that the UK is a complete vassal puppet state, that Cameron is just as bought-and-paid-for as Blair before him. Putin’s hope for diplomacy over force rests on Germany and France. Both countries face Europe’s budget and employment woes, and both countries have significant economic relations with Russia. German business interests are a counterweight to the weak Merkel government’s subservience to Washington. Washington has stupidly angered the French by trying to steal $10 billion from France’s largest bank. This theft, if successful, will destroy France’s largest bank and deliver France to Wall Street.

If desire for national sovereignty still exists in the German or French governments, one or both could give the middle finger to Washington and publicly declare that they are unwilling for their country to be drawn into conflict with Russia for the sake of Washington’s Empire and the financial hegemony of American banks.

Putin is betting on this outcome. If his bet is a bad one and Europe fails not only Russia but itself and the rest of the world by accommodating Washington’s drive for world hegemony, Russia and China will have to submit to Washington’s hegemony or be prepared for war.

As neither side can afford to lose the war, the war would be nuclear. As scientists have made clear, life on earth would cease, regardless of whether Washington’s ABM shield works.

This is why I oppose Washington’s policies and speak out against the arrogance and hubris that define Washington today. The most likely outcome of Washington’s pursuit of world hegemony is the extinction of life on earth.

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8 Responses to Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion? By Paul Craig Roberts, 6/26/2014

  1. Paladin Justice says:

    I wouldn’t bet against Paul Craig Roberts’ analysis. But the question I always have is how do we stop the runaway train that is Washington’s foreign policy.

  2. Paul Craig Roberts is the man.

    Putin’s hope for diplomacy over force rests on Germany and France.

    The neo-cons had a saying after the Iraq invasion: “punish France, ignore Germany, forgive Russia.” This related to these government’s opposition to the increasingly hostile USA foreign policy. Germany and Russia have been more and more cooperative in the last five years, economically and logistically.

    • mindweapon says:

      More and more cooperative with each other, or with USA?

      Germany is a country that could have a revolution. An attempt to force Germany to fight Russia, would likely result in Germans declaring war on their own government. Better to fight German police than get the sequel to WWI and WWII.

      The “End the Fed, End Nato” movement is an in-place anti-war movement already. I bet the CIA is watching them real close. If the Russian SVU (foreign intelligence) has any sense, they are funding this movement and making sure it’s healthy and doesn’t suffer from CIA black propaganda or other attacks.

      If I had an ear at the SVU I could tell them all the best places to target their political efforts. Here in the USA it would be a Ron Paul spin-off. We KNOW that the Ron Paul Liberty and anti-war message is popular. Heck, I’d get a Ron Paul type, and Ralph Nader standing there with him!

      • wobbly says:

        “More and more cooperative with each other, or with USA?”

        Each other.

      • With each other and this is a development USA doesn’t particularly like.

        I have a theory that they have to skip a generation between wars. Too many people remember the problems with wars so they have to have a generation between to let the population have time to forget.

        When I was growing up, Vietnam was long over but the Vietnam war “hangover” was still very much palpable. In fact, I remember one neo-con crowing that 9/11 finally cured our “Vietnam Syndrome” – the public’s reluctance to support a war.

        You’re probably right about the Germans, I don’t see USA dragging the EU into any sort of major war, certainly not mass boots on the ground type actions.

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