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Four critical forces stand behind and vigorously motivate American and NATO policies in Ukraine. These forces support without apparent limitation the globalist-controlled and corrupt the Zelensky government in Kiev in its never-ending war against Russia. And like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of the last book of the New Testament, these Armies of the Night propel us, ineluctably and seemingly without concern for what lies ahead, towards nuclear Armageddon.

How has this been possible? How is it that the American citizenry, indeed, the citizenry in most European countries have, for the most part, supinely accepted this state of affairs?

Rationally and geopolitically, the conflict in Ukraine really should be of minor concern to us. It is not our role to be the world’s policeman and to intervene in every conflict, in every distant corner of the world. We have, I would suggest, no actual strategic interest there, except maybe to encourage a peaceful settlement. The Russians were not threatening us or NATO in any discernible or major way. Ukraine is in their backyard, not ours. And yet, we find ourselves mired in an ever-expanding, ever-widening conflict in a country that most Americans cannot even find on a map that may well result in World War III.

Most of the responsibility for what has happened we must bear. President George H. W. Bush and Secretary James Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would never expand to the borders of Russia (in return for the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR). Yet, that is exactly what occurred. Then followed the “color revolutions”/coups d’etats in Tbilisi, Kiev, etc., with the instrumentality and complicity of American international finance and agents on the ground (read Victoria Nuland, etc.) which only intensified legitimate Russian mistrust and hostility.

The watershed moment for Russia was the ouster of a legitimately-elected Russia-friendly Ukrainian president by an American-fomented coup d’etat in Kiev in February 2014 and his replacement by a hand-picked American minion, followed by the intensification of widespread Ukrainian government persecution of the Russian majority in the Donbas eastern regions…followed by a dramatic uptick in that anti-Russian persecution in the Donbas in late 2021 and early 2022.

Author Ben Abelow has succinctly outlined what followed in his excellent primer, How the West Brought War to Ukraine. That brief volume is strongly endorsed by such authorities as Profs. John Mearsheimer and Paul Robinson, Ambassador Jack Matlock, and others, and remains a superb text on the conflict.

Certainly, a case can be made that the Russian incursion into Ukraine was a strategic mistake, ironically, because it was exactly what our foreign policy elites desired…an opportunity to take on the Russians directly by military means, using Ukraine as a helpless proxy, and perhaps effecting regime change in Moscow, or at least eliminating Russia as an obstacle to American global suzerainty. Still, President Putin believed, arguably, he had no other option. Nevertheless, it played into the hands of the War Party.

Over the past two decades our nation has shown an almost complete unwillingness to pursue any kind of negotiations with Russia about peace in Ukraine (e.g., the repeated torpedoing by the US of Minsk I and II). War serves OUR foreign policy purposes, and we managed to maneuver the Russians into making the first major offensive action.

Who, then, are these four forces that have pushed us dangerously into a conflict we should have never engaged in? What are the real reasons behind their hysterical and limitless advocacy, such that dozens of media outlets and most of our political leaders appear to have lost any scintilla of rational judgment?

First, perhaps the least visible but most effective force is what President Dwight Eisenhower termed more than sixty years ago “the military/industrial complex,” that is, the immensely powerful and influential military contractors and their complex web of control and influence, both in and out of the halls of power in DC, in our armed services, and in our politics. Each year billions of dollars in profits are generated for Raytheon, McDonnell Douglas, Goldman Sachs, and other supra-nationals. War in Ukraine has been an incredible financial boon for them—missiles, tanks, armaments and equipment of all kinds. They must be built and purchased (usually at inflated and exorbitant prices). And the pockets of our politicians are always ready for a fat share, not to mention the opened pockets of the corrupt thuggery who currently run Ukraine (and dozens of other American client states).

Then there is the zealous opposition of the fanatical Left to what they perceive is the rise of a Neo-Tsarist Christian populism and neo-fascism (anti-LGBTQ, etc.) in Moscow. Russia under Putin has become for them the locus of opposition to their universalist program of a New World Order, opposition to a global world reset, involving NATO, the USA, the EU, and the World Economic Forum. In a moment of candor Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) summarized (October 25, 2022) the official (if unspoken) American and globalist stance on the conflict and the real issues involved:

“Moscow right now is a hub of corrupt tyranny, censorship, authoritarian repression, police violence, propaganda, government lies and disinformation, and planning for war crimes. It is a world center of antifeminist, antigay, anti-trans hatred, as well as the homeland of replacement theory for export. In supporting Ukraine, we are opposing these fascist views, and supporting the urgent principles of democratic pluralism.”

Raskin is a far Leftist and Jewish, and his message is often just as frenzied and fanatical as that of any member of the Squad in Congress. With one major difference: he’s highly placed and well connected, a part of the Democrat leadership establishment. So when he speaks, he speaks with some authority for the party and its leadership. But not only for the Democratic Party, but for those forces internationally who understand fully that Russia and its president stand athwart their path to a form of post-Marxist global hegemony, far worse than anything Joseph Stalin ever dreamed up.

Next, there are the Neoconservatives and their frenzied hatred for Russia (many of the Neocons have a Trotskyite and Labor Zionist genealogy which recalls the anti-semitism of Imperial Russia in the Pale of Settlement). It is the Neocons who have advocated never ending war whether in Ukraine, or Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Bosnia, etc., in their zealous quest to impose what they conceive of as “liberal democracy” worldwide (what my mentor Russell Kirk once called disdainfully a “pax Americana”). It is not uncommon to see a Brian Kilmeade on Fox or read a Rich Lowry in the pages of the once-admirable National Review, espouse this viewpoint expressed with unrestrained vigor.

Joined to these forces are what we could call the “ground troops”—the vast majority of those who support American policies in Ukraine: those not-too-well-read, or simply dependent of the establishment media, which is completely one-sided on the conflict, for their information. Their views may well be based on a receptivity to continuing “anti-Russian” sentiment left over from the Cold War (similar to the anti-German sentiment which survived WW II) which many Americans partake of.

These forces have fueled an extremely dangerous cocktail. If someone opposes it, he is immediately shouted down as a “Putin apologist” or a supporter of “the new Hitler”: all of which is rubbish. But, sad to say, it seems to be working. I asked in my columns more than once…Are there not any grown-ups in the room? Or, are we fated to drift onward to a conflagration of terrible proportions?

In St. John of Patmos’s Book of the Apocalypse he recounts that in a dream the Lamb of God summons and reveals to him four creatures that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Over the centuries these Four Horsemen have been variously identified in Christian eschatology as harbingers of the Last Judgment and End Times. The first horseman in St. John’s revelation, riding a white horse and carrying a bow, has been seen to symbolize and invoke conquest, pestilence or perhaps even the coming of the Antichrist. The second horseman, riding upon a blood red horse, carries a sword and is seen to be creator of war, conflict, and anarchy. The rider on the third horse is viewed as a merchant and rides a black horse symbolizing famine. Lastly, the final rider upon the pale horse represents Death and the powers of Hell. And as the Evangelist tells us: “They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth.”

The Military/Industrial complex, with its extensive and foul tentacles, may be seen symbolically to ride the black horse of greed, financial domination, and famine. The Neocons and their epigones can be represented by a rider seated on a red horse, zealously advancing conflict, anarchy, and fratricidal war.

The pale horse, whose rider symbolizes death and enthrallment by the powers of Hell, could well represent the mass of humanity, beguiled and woefully misled by the first three horsemen, and whose headlong movement like lemmings will result in the destruction and the collapse of the world—and of civilization—as we have known it. It is not hard to visualize such figures as Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell prominent in this group.

Finally, the unleashed and fanatical Left rides the white horse of conquest, pestilence, and heralding of the Antichrist, proclaiming the end of Christian civilization and the triumph of what Irish poet William Butler Yeats calls the “Rough Beast” (in his eschatological poem from 1919, “The Second Coming”): the return of a triumphant Satan, once held in check for twenty centuries by a “Rocking Cradle” but now loosed upon the world.

It is not too esoteric to suggest that the USA and the world now find themselves in a situation where, to follow Yeats again,

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity….”

Are there voices yet who would sound the clarion call and their warnings be heeded? Indeed, are there any grand figures like the prophets of the Old Testament who could plead successfully for us to turn away from war, criminality, and evil? Or, has our civilization become so infected and decayed that it has run its course?

That question, for the moment, remains unanswered.

(Republished from My Corner by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Americans are unaware of the American coup in the nation of Georgia in 2003.

  2. xyzxy says:

    How is it that the American citizenry, indeed, the citizenry in most European countries have, for the most part, supinely accepted this state of affairs?

    Why would you think the ‘citizenry’ has much if any influence on what the oligarchy intends? What are ‘citizens’ supposed to do? Vote themselves out of this debacle? No one even knows what a citizen is, anymore.

    Evidently in Europe there have been some street demonstrations. Americans only demonstrate when a black person gets killed by the cops. Then, choreographed by Antifa, and ignored by everyone else.

    Americans are mostly resigned to their lot. As long as there is plenty of light beer, and NFL on television, men are pacified. Who knows what the hell most American women want?

    On a lark I wrote one of our state’s senators–a woman. Asking her why the Ukraine borders are so important, but our borders are an afterthought? And wouldn’t the one hundred billion dollars the Ukraine is receiving go a long way in fixing our failing infrastructure?

    Got back a letter telling me we have to ‘stand with our allies’ against ‘Putin’s unprovoked aggression.’ And something about how the Russians are kidnapping kids in the Ukraine for nefarious purposes. This lady is also beating the war drums toward China.

    Maybe Americans are completely stupid. Maybe they are just beaten down and have given up. Whatever they think, it really doesn’t matter. Events will play out, and only if things collapse will much change. And probably not even for the better.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @GomezAdddams
  3. Four horsemen — more like the Three Stooges. I rather suspect that before his conversion to Christianity dear old Saint John ingested rather too generiously of the pyschedelics that were used in the traditional religious rites of his native land.

    • Replies: @Legba
  4. Anonymous[347] • Disclaimer says:

    This one was not a success. It reads like you started from the allegory and worked back to the situation, which doesn’t really have four things.

    Russophobic jingoes of the right and left happen to conform to statist indoctrination and censorship imposed continuously, with increasing effectiveness, for the last seven decades or so, with media concentration (see the MacBride Report,) Wisner’s Wurlitzer, Operation Mockingbird, Lifelog/Facebook, and the Twitter panopticon. For the synthetic right and left the rationales differ but the animus is the same ol’ war shit. Whether mass, intelligentsia, or elite, the xenophobic hate is uniform and subject to centralized direction.

    The MIC is an artifact of Eisenhower wanting to kick back on the farm and not be dead. The word complex is a catachresis, in traditional rhetorical use to convey alienation, but the word has some useful properties. A complex is a bunch of buildings. The word downplays hierarchy and connotes counterposed or independent, forces. And Boy’s State type civics-prize essays like this one have presumed countervailing forces ever since. They even made up a noun for it, pluralism.

    When a criminal group stuffs a corporate board with flunkies and mouth-breathers and rewrites policy to concentrate controls in their hands, we see what’s going on. When a criminal group does the functional equivalent to a foreign state, we get it. But when a criminal group does it to this state, there is some ingrained brain fart that obscures the standard grabass going on.

    One institution has a dozen get-out-of-jail-free cards in law, regulation, judicial precedent, and sub rosa MOUs. The resulting impunity gives this institution the atavistic absolute sovereignty of an ancient oriental potentate. The institution bears no responsibility for its actions, from murder to theft to fraud to the crime against humanity of systematic and widespread torture, to undeclared “sneak attack” war, to the crime against humanity of mass medical experimentation, to the crime against peace of banned biological weapons use in manifest breach of the UN Charter. That freedom of arbitrary conduct gives the institution the power not just to make law but to negate the very idea of law in its sphere of control. And so we hear about unspecified rules and not law, because writing down diktat just cramps your style when you have impunity.

    This institution is, of course, CIA.

    Put down the bible and look at the world for one second. There is one horseman, CIA. You got to shoot that fucker off his horse and then you’re good to go. The whole world knows it.

  5. Television is neither an intellectually nor morally serious medium. It’s a box that fabricates Fascists. It contains & dictates & creates an alternative reality with cleavage & high dudgeon. Sadly, it gradually turns citizens into fans. A “fan” or fanatic is not capable of adult discussion or debate. I suggest the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” might contain some important analogies. The “Toon Town” world of the American Televised Anti-Culture is lurid, reductive & two dimensional. And yet for the hardy gum shoe played by Bob Hoskins who must cross into its colorful precincts, it was a dangerous place just the same. The consequences are lethal.
    It might also be time to dust off Lenin’s thesis regarding the fulfillment of capitalism in imperialism. The times are bad, but I can’t imagine a time worse than the First World War. Perhaps Dostoyevsky’s premonition that Holy Mother Russia would save the West is coming into view. The capitulation of the unholy matrimony between Hollywood, M.I.C., & C.I.A. & Chutzpah may occur in “White Russia.”
    This is what happens when a society overproduces lawyers. The society with the most engineers wins.

  6. The simple explanation: ample evidence exists for the following plan, initiated by Zionist Neocons about 2012: after the interruption of and failure of the Deuteronomy programme, being executed by (((crypto))) Wesley Clerk and others to annihilate seven ME countries to “make Israel safe for democracy”, they recognized that 10 million Israelis would never be secure in the midst of 150 M Moslems. The Nuland/Nudelman/Kagan plan was then developed by the Khazar/Ashkenazi Neocons to transfer the Zionist homeland from Palestine to the much longed-for Khazar homeland in, roughly, “Ukraine”/Novorussiya/Southern Russia Don valley. For that, the Maidan was initiated and developed for 10 years. The objective is a requisite complete genocide–an actual holocaust–of all Eastern Slavs from the “new Zion homeland”, to be followed by massive immigration of Jews to the productive black earth of greater Donbas, leaving the hopelessly barren Palestine. The plan is proceeding apace, to the last Ukrainian. But those pesky Orthodox–bane of the original Khazars in the 9th C.–are standing in the way again, as they did with the annihilation of the seven kingdoms. Hence, genocidal Russophobia, and all the talk of Nukes and Armageddon against traditional Gog and Magog (Russia and China). They think Yahweh guaranteed the win, because they’re all about Tanakh prophecy self-fulfillment. This accounts for all the data perplexing everyone.

  7. Legba says:

    You’re not counting Shemp and I hate to say it, Curly Joe

  8. there are a few voices in the wilderness. but they aren’t heeded because the good lack conviction while the worst are full of passion.

    Video LinkAmerica is ruled by money and her policy set by the ones who have it. they own the media too and set the agenda and drill it into the populace. as a result, America is no longer a force for good, has become a tool of a self-serving cabal and a danger to mankind – spiritually as much as physically. no doubt, there are still many good people but without courage and organization.

    Proverbs 9:9-11
    Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
    For by me your days will be multiplied,
    And years of life will be added to you.

    Isaiah 2:5
    O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
    In the light of the Lord.

  9. Folkvangr says:

    The Russians were not threatening us or NATO in any discernible or major way.

    Yes, they were. They’ve been at it since 1943 when “ANTIFA” was created by NKWD/GPU/KPSS to subvert western societies and supplant them with communist plague, which is destroying YOUR American social order, education, government and culture.

  10. Notsofast says:

    “our” country has been ruled by vicious, pathologically lying, sociopaths and mass murders for so long that people don’t even blink when they come right out and proudly declare themselves so.

  11. Realist says:

    What are ‘citizens’ supposed to do?


    This lady is also beating the war drums toward China.

    The dumb bastards in your state elected her.

    Maybe Americans are completely stupid.

    MAYBE. Too funny

  12. Folkvangr says:

    Those four horse figures identified in the article wouldn’t have a chance to work on their apocalyptic goals if it were not for brainwashed masses. Christianity prepares the populace to be open to and to accept communism. There is nothing within the Christian doctrines or the teachings of the Nazarene that conflicts with communism in any way. Christianity IS Communism. Both propaganda tools work to enslave, using terror, brutality, mass murder and coercion. The Catholic Church was the KGB of the Middle Ages, ruling through terror, use of force and mass murder. The Inquisition is a blatant example. (more on that in “Exposing Christianity”)

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  13. @mutthead52

    Leaving out the “Khazaria 2.0” dimension of the Ukraine conflict guarantees a fatally flawed analysis. Congratulations to you for avoiding this.

  14. @xyzxy

    “Americans are mostly resigned to their lot. As long as there is plenty of light beer, and NFL on television, men are pacified. Who knows what the hell most American women want?”

    Pro Wrestling—like the Monday September 10, 2001 match-up—“Towers of Doom” against Undertaker and Diesel ———referee —M Bush. ( women watching REAL MEN —is what lazy Amercan broads get hot over —guys like Razor Ramone or Hunter Hearst Helmsley–or even IRS —guys who Rate !!!

  15. @Folkvangr

    Act 4;32—reads —-

    “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

    This is NOT capitalism.

    Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and dhich came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

    11:29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:istribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

    The above is NOT Adam Smith.

  16. kiko says:

    and Russia is blessed to have this:
    He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

  17. Ah, well. This is a pretty fair picture overall, but I can only sigh and shake my head when I read lines such as “…in the pages of the once-admirable National Review.”

    If the writer does not realize that today’s neocons are the direct descendants of the ghouls of the National Review and “the Committee on the Present Danger” and the like, then he has a massive blind spot in the middle of his field of vision.

    The sudden, or not so sudden, realization of paleocons like Cathey that we are headed for disaster is, to me, illustrative of what I perceive as a rift in the Merkin power structure between the old WASP-and-southern military-industrial elite and the bicoastal intelligence-financial-academic-media elite. Once upon a time, the good-old-boy network thought that it would be a peachy idea to team up with all those smarty-pants intellos who had so many good plans for expanding our “sphere of influence” and capture as much of the world’s remaining resources as possible.

    This gave us 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

    Already by the mid-naughts, this started to unravel, and much of the military brass and diplomatic corps had started chafing at the bit, to say nothing of the rank and file. No problem. Baby Bush simply replaced them with neocon-friendly stooges and, when his time was up, the gods of dog-and-pony shows came up with Barry the Obomber to hoodwink the war weary and “stay the course” for the neocon crazies. All that was needed was to add a little color to the mix, especially as this opened the door to divisive domestic red-herring racialism.

    And so it was.

    But Pandora’s box had been opened, and the demons had their hands on the levers and weren’t about to let go.

    Now that twenty years of constant warmongering and fist-shaking at the recalcitrant world has led us to the brink of world war III, the pleas of the paleocons, while they may ring hollow, should be heard, despite their guilt in this affair. The front that needs to form to put a halt to the deadly momentum we all feel must be as broad as possible, never mind ideology. Ensuring a future for the planet overrides all potential divisions.

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