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“In the implementing of their policies, our western partners– the United States first and foremost – prefer to be guided not by international law, but by force. They believe in their own ‘exceptionalism’, that they are allowed to decide on the fate of the world, and that they are always right.”

– Russian President Vladimir Putin

“What did we do to deserve this? What did we do to deserve being bombed from planes, shot at from tanks, and have phosphorous bombs dropped on us? ….That we wanted to live the way we want, and speak our own language, and make friends with whom we want?”

– Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republic, The Vineyard of the Saker

There is no way to overstate the significance of what has transpired in Ukraine in the last three weeks. What began as a murderous onslaught on the mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine, has turned into a major triumph against a belligerent and expansionistic empire that has been repulsed by a scrappy, battle-hardened militia engaged in a conventional, land-based war. The conflict in east Ukraine is Obama’s war; launched by Obama’s junta government, executed by Obama’s proxy army, and directed by Obama’s advisors in Kiev. The driving force behind the war is Washington’s ambitious pivot to Asia, a strategy that pits Russia against Europe to prevent further economic integration and to establish NATO forward-operating bases on Russia’s western border. Despite the overheated rhetoric, the talk of a (NATO) “Rapid Reaction Force”, and additional economic sanctions; the US plan to draw Ukraine into the western sphere of influence and weaken Russia in the process, is in tatters. And the reason it is in tatters is because a highly-motivated and adaptable militia has trounced Obama’s troopers at every turn pushing the Ukrainian army to the brink of collapse. Check out this frontline update from The Saker:

“The (Ukrainian Army) is not retreating on one, two or even three directions, it is retreating everywhere (except north of Lugansk). Entire battalions are leaving the front under orders of their battalion commanders and without the approval of the Junta leaders. At least one such battalion commander is already being judged for desertion. The entire Ukie leadership seems to be in a panic mode, especially Iatseniuk and Kolomoiski, while the Nazis are mad as hell at the Poroshenko administration. There are constant rumors of an anti-Poroshenko coup by outraged Nazi nationalists…..

The bottom line is this: Poroshenko promised a victory in a matter of weeks and his forces suffered one of the most total defeats in the history of warfare. ….the most likely thing is that this ridiculous “Banderastan” experiment has seriously begun sinking now and that many rats are leaving the ship.

The War in Ukraine“, Vineyard of the Saker

The fact that the demoralized Ukrainian army has been defeated by the superior fighting force is of little importance in the big scheme of things, however, the fact that Washington’s global resource war– which began on 9-11 and has reduced numerous sovereign countries into anarchic, failed states– has been stopped in its tracks, is significant. The so called War on Terror–which was recently rebranded under the ISIS moniker–has wreaked holy havoc and death on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria. By routing the Ukrainian army the Novorussian Armed Forces (NAF) has put the kibosh on Obama’s Great Game strategy in Eurasia and torpedoed Washington’s plan to rule the world by force of arms. It could be that the battles of Lugansk and Donetsk are eventually regarded as the turning point, where the lumbering and over-extended empire finally met its match and began its precipitous decline. In any event, there’s no doubt that Friday’s ceasefire agreement is a serious blow to US hegemony.

THE PROBLEM IS NATO

“The defining factor in relations with NATO remains the unacceptability for Russia of plans to move the military infrastructure of the alliance towards our borders, including via enlargement of the bloc,” said Mikhail Popov, deputy head of Putin’s Security Council.

The issue has always been NATO expansion, not the ridiculous claim that Putin wants to rebuild the Russian Empire. The only one interested in in stitching together a global Caliphate is Barack Hussein Obama and his nutcase neocon advisors. Putin is not interested in an empire. Putin just wants to make money like everyone else. He wants to sell gas to Europe, raise living standards and rebuild the country. What’s wrong with that?

Putin’s not a troublemaker. He’s not sticking a freaking first-strike nuclear missile system in Havana just 60 miles from Miami. But that’s what Obama wants to do. Obama want to establish NATO bases on Russia’s doorstep and deploy his fake-named “missile defense system” a couple hundred miles from Moscow. Putin can’t allow that. No one in their right mind would allow that. It’s a direct threat to national security. Here’s how Putin summed it up in a recent press conference:

“Russia is an independent and active participant of international relations. Just like any nation it has national interests that must be taken into consideration and respected…..We stand against having a military organization meddling in our backyard, next to our homeland or in the territories that are historically ours. I just cannot imagine visiting NATO sailors in Sevastopol,” he stressed. “Most of them are fine lads, but I’d rather they visit us in Sevastopol than the other way around.” (Vladimir Putin)

Washington’s harebrained gambit was doomed from the get go. Who made the decision to topple Yanuchovych, install a US-puppet in Kiev, fill-out the security services with neo Nazis, and wage a bloody ethnic cleansing purge on the Russian-speaking people in the east? Who was it? Isn’t there any accountability among the Obama team or is it all a matter of “failing upwards” like the Bush crowd? Here’s Putin again:

“Our western partners created the ‘Kosovo precedent’ with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary….And the UN International Court of Justice agreed with those arguments. That’s what they said; that’s what they trumpeted all over the world and coerced everyone to accept – and now they are complaining about Crimea. Why is that?”

Doesn’t Putin have a point? Isn’t this what we’ve seen over and over again, that there’s one standard for the US and another for everyone else?

Of course it is. But Putin’s not going to stand for it. In fact, just this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expanded on Putin’s comments in an interview that never appeared in the western media. Here’s what he said:

“The current stage of international relations is marked by a transition to a fundamentally new world order – a polycentric model based on due regard for the appearance of new economic and financial centres. And political weight comes with economic and financial influence. Transition to a polycentric world order reflects an objective trend according to which the world order should be based on the world’s cultural and civilisational diversity. This is objective reality, which no one can deny. …

After a long period of dominance in global economy and politics, these countries are trying to keep their positions by artificial means. They know that their economic positions are not as strong as they were after WWII, when America accounted for over half of global GDP, but they are trying to use all available military and political instruments, social media, regime-change technology and other instruments to keep back the objective process of the development of a democratic world order based on the equality of all sides.

Not everyone has realized yet that it is impossible to move contrary to an objective historical process. We strongly hope that this will happen, because otherwise more illegal unilateral sanctions will be approved against Russia, to which we will respond accordingly, as we have already tried to do. But this, I repeat, is not our choice; we don’t want confrontation.” (Press Conference: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

“A new world order based on a polycentric model”? What a great idea. You mean, a world in which other sovereign nations get a say-so in the way the world is run? You mean, a world in which the economic, political, and military decision-making does not emerge from one center of power that is dominated by privately-owned banks, transnational corporations and voracious western elites? You mean, a world in which international law can be applied evenly so that one country cannot unilaterally create off-shore gulags, or incite color coded revolutions, or carry out extra-legal abductions and killings, or order drone attacks on wedding parties or conduct any of the other heinous violations of human rights which imperial Washington engages in without batting an eye?

The NAF’s victory in east Ukraine brings us all one step closer to actualizing the multi-polar world of which Lavrov and Putin speak so glowingly. In fact, just hours ago Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko capitulated and signed a ceasefire agreement with the leaders of the anti-fascist militia, Igor Plotnitsky and Aleksandr Zakharchenko. (Remember: “We never negotiate with terrorists”?) Ukraine’s National Security Council (SNBO) has reported that its troops have halted all military actions. The government’s public statement reads as follows:

“According to the decision of the President of Ukraine and the order of the chief of the General staff of the military units of Ukraine, troops in the area of anti-terrorist operations ceased fire at 15.00 GMT.”

Peace at last?

It sure looks like it.

So while Obama is busy trying to ramp up the violence by rallying NATO to expand the wars around the world, international peacekeepers will begin the thorny task of implementing a seven-point peace plan put forward by none-other-than Vladimir Putin.

The difference between the peacemakers and the warmongers has rarely been as stark as it is today.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Definitely. It’s almost completely analogous to the peace Germany brought to Alsace Lorraine in the 1870s. I think Tacitus might have had a quote about the kind of peace Putin brought as well.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  2. Kiza says:

    The most pronounced feature of what is called “news” in the West is projection. By following the Western “news” one can know what the shadow power is planning to do because they are accusing Putin of doing it before they do it. Although not the only one, the funniest is this character Shaun Walker from MI6/SIS, posing as a journalist in Ukraine, the character who keeps reporting Russian military invasions into Ukraine but does not even have a camera to take photos. Well, Q passed away and the UK budget is getting scarce, so this poor James Bond is left with a licence to trill via Twitter.

    There is not going to be peace in Ukraine full stop. Did US do a coup there for peace? Are there any new conditions which would encourage peace? Is it not still a US interest to keep Russia under sanctions? Is it not still a US interest to have a war on Russia’s doorstep? Then why would you expect peace?

  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Decent analysis except for the part about Obama. He acted as a friction point between the Deep State and a coherent response to Russia. Obama is quite comfortable with a multi-polar order, but he is smart enough not to appear to be. Instead he cultivates an appearance of disinterested and ineptness in order to avoid the assassin’s bullet.

    See also him acting as a friction point to a genuine re – involvement in Iraq.

    This is why the Deep State has to work around him in a fuming rage.

  4. Hunsdon says:
    @Sam Haysom

    I’m game, Sam. What desert has Putin made? Or are you just going for the cute erudite quote?

    Who has been calling for a cease fire since the ATO began?
    Who has called for humanitarian corridors?
    Who has given shelter (and, yes, repatriation) to Ukrainian soldiers trapped in the cauldrons?

  5. KA says:

    America can do same . It can deliver humanitarian help and usher in peace ( Libya) and it can intervene and bring peace ( Iraq) . It was not allowed . Russia has done both . It has stabilized Chechnya and it has delivered humanitarian help to Ukraine . The multinational ,foreign agents,weapons peddlers don’t want America look after the broader American interests.

  6. Sergy says:

    No peace in Mariupol, your side is bombing and killing “mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine” even after peace. This “mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine” is fighting against your pro-Russian terrorists and Russian army. The “mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine” is fighting on Ukrainian side. Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk – they are Russian speaking. Kiev is mainly Russian speaking.

    Having lost my ethnically Russian friends and relatives in fight against Russia I just wish you painful death, asshole. I am half Russian, Russian speaking and I am preparing to fight Russia, while you’re playing games on your blog. Maybe you are just trying to be original…

    Putin brought death to Ukraine. A lot of death, blood and tears.

  7. It’s difficult to take anyone seriously once they start spewing the “Nazi” rhetoric. Stopped reading at that point.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  8. Hunsdon says:
    @Ozymandias

    For most of my life, terms like “fascist” and “Nazi” have been cheap political theater that means “someone we don’t like.” Those terms have been used mostly against figures on the right, but against all kinds of figures on the right. For most of my life, those terms have been empty of content.

    But you know what?

    Here they’re applicable.

    Do a web search for images of the Misanthropic Division or the Azov Battalion. These guys aren’t just into black tactical nylon gear; they’re down with the whole SS vibe. Then search for “Galician SS” and see what comes up.

    It’s hard to believe. I don’t want to believe it. But the United States is allied with neo-Nazis, who are unrepentant about their Naziism.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
  9. @Hunsdon

    Spare us. You love it because you are the type of person that loves nothing better than using tactics you’ve deplored when used against you on one of your enemies (why Russia’s enemies and your enemies line up perfectly is kind of a mystery that the posters on your bedroom wall would likely clear up).

    That said I have been delighted to watch Hundson’s favorite world leader adopt what the “spit sputter and call your opponents anti-semites” that gets Hundson so figety when he thinks its being used against him. Strangely Hundson remains silent while Putin does this. Almost like Hundson has no principles. But that can’t be true. Right? All I know is the next time Hundson’s caterwauls about someone adopt the spit and sputter routine I’ll imagine his comparing that person to Putin and means it as a compliment.

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