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World War III? Or a bad, expensive joke?

Russia has declared a nuclear test alert. The Ukraine crisis is beginning to become very scary.

When the old Soviet Union broke up, I and other moderates called for the former Moscow-dominated states of East Europe to become neutral. Otherwise, East-West conflict would, I warned, be inevitable (see my book ‘War at the Top of the World’).

Instead, the rabidly anti-Russian US war party drove NATO east to the former Soviet borders, making a major confrontation near certain.

We are there today, playing Russian roulette with nuclear weapons.

Washington is beating the war drums and sounds borderline hysterical, warning ‘the Russians are coming.’ Moscow scoffs at the whole business, saying President Joe Biden is trying to divert attention from the big economic and political mess in the US.

Nothing like a jolly little war to distract public opinion at a time when rightwing forces are fast gaining ground in the US and now, of all places, in placid Canada.

The trucker’s blockade that shut down the Canada-US border cost Ottawa billions in lost trade, seriously damaged the image of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and showed that less than 100 ZZ Top look-alike truckers could hold Canada to ransom.

It was also a vivid rehearsal for what the hard right may have in store for November elections. The mob assault on the Capitol on 6 January was only a trial run.

Meanwhile, back in darkest Ukraine, pro- and anti-government factions are trading occasional shells while the US government in Washington claims war is imminent.

The facts on the ground do not support such alarmism. Russia may have up to 150,000 troops positioned around Ukraine (similar to the same strategic advantage that Germany enjoyed over Poland in 1939) but all these units are so far positioned inside Russia. Most of the NATO troops rushed to the east are from outside their home territory.

Crimea and Ukraine were ruled by the Ottoman Empire, and then Crimean Tatars, until annexed by Russia’s Catherine the Great in 1783. They remained an integral part of the Russian Empire until the 1920’s, and, after a brief bout of independence after WWI, until the Communist era.

But one must remember that in the 1930’s, Josef Stalin and his ‘Jewish Himmler,’ Lazar Kaganovitch, murdered some six million Ukrainians by starvation or shootings in an effort to eradicate Ukrainian nationalism and independent farming. This was likely the worst atrocity in Europe until 1944 – done by the key US/British wartime ally. Small wonder the invading Germans in WWII were initially greeted as liberators.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, an ally of billionaire George Soros, now claims that Moscow will stage a false flag operation to justify invading Ukraine. It’s true, Russia just about invented such ploys in the 1919-1920 period when Moscow’s secret police rounded up and crushed the anti-communist opposition. KGB has always loved such deft operations.


But who is Blinken to make such allegations? British media revealed that George W. Bush and UK PM Tony Blair discussed painting US aircraft in UN colors, then buzzing Iraqi anti-aircraft units to provoke a false flag attack on the UN, justifying a US-British attack against Iraq. In fact, the entire Iraq invasion was based on a farrago of lies, double-dealing and torture.

Right on cue, former US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (born Nudelman), remerges to press for war against Russia. She spent US\$5 billion engineering the overthrow of Ukraine’s former elected government which leaned towards Moscow.

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

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  1. Rich says:

    The Jan 6 protest was a joke, not a “trial run.”. A bunch of cranks taking selfies in the capital building, after being allowed to enter, is not a “trial run”. Pelosi even turned down the offer of the National Guard troops to protect the building. The whole thing was so obviously a set up, it’s hard to take serious anyone who pretends to believe it was a threat to anything.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  2. @Rich

    It was a Tourism Incident.

    • LOL: Rich
  3. What kind of shit is this? I wouldn’t believe this liar as far as I could throw him and I am very out of shape.

  4. … 100 ZZ Top look-alike truckers could hold Canada to ransom.

    The mob assault on the Capitol …

    Typical gratuitous snobbery from this columnist.

  5. Jim H says:

    ‘the rabidly anti-Russian US war party drove NATO east to the former Soviet borders, making a major confrontation near certain.’ — Eric Margolis

    Is NATO’s behavior a form of psychological compensation, after its humiliating retreat from Afghanistan?

    Some don’t take Parkinson’s Law (concerning the growth of bureaucracies) seriously. But it’s no joke.

    With the justification for NATO’s continued existence in doubt after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, NATO lurched toward a toxic new doctrine of ‘out-of-area operations.’

    Such operations directly contradict the NATO treaty, which is purely defensive. But not a peep is heard from Congress. Like Japan’s move into China in the 1930s, the US/NATO war machine is on autopilot.

    Clinton’s attack on NATO non-member Kosovo in the late 1990s, using NATO assets, was predictably bloody and disastrous. Likewise, the Afghanistan out-of-area operation. Yet NATO hints at luring bankrupt, undefendable Ukraine into its alliance, refusing to rule out the possibility.

    With parliamentary checks and balances on the NATO war machine inoperative, Eric Margolis is probably right that a major confrontation will be blundered into, one way or another, by a bloodthirsty Deep State which has slipped free from its constitutional shackles and feels entitled to do any reckless thing it likes.

    How did that work out for our Japanese comrades in Manchuria, in the days before nuclear weapons?

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
  6. Alistair says:

    “Divide and Conquer” is the foundation of U.S diplomacy in Eastern Europe; fermenting animosity among historical friends, brotherly nations, ‘Ukrainians and Russians’ — while undermining Russia in its own sphere of influence by compelling Ukraine to join NATO, i.e. placing the western military alliance against Russia at its doorstep.

    As president Putin, in his speech to Russian people put it: Referring to the U.S, “You don’t want us ‘i.e. Russians and Ukrainians’ to remain friends, but you don’t have to make us enemies”

  7. SafeNow says:

    A guy I slightly knew decamped to Europe to live, about a year ago; transferred his flags, as the admirals say. It was sobering to me, because he is a smart fellow, Harvard Law grad, I’m a nobody. But now maybe Europe is looking not so smart. Maybe Idaho would have been a smarter decampment.

  8. Alistair says:

    The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy should bear the brunt of responsibility for bringing the war to his country.

    Zelenskyy, 44, a young Jew, and a former TV sitcom actor, with no political experience, has bought into the Western empty promises of Alliance to NATO, hence, undermining Russia’s core strategic interests at its doorstep.

    Ukraine could have adapted the “Finland Option with Russia” — remaining economically close to the West without upsetting Russia — Zelensjyy could have easily negotiated the “Finland Option” with president Putin, by renouncing Ukraine membership to NATO, which is essentially a Western Military Alliance against Russia.

    Zeleskyy’s naivety has brought the misery of war to his Ukrainian nation.

  9. Dr. Doom says:

    The “World” of Zion Pig fantasy is FALLING DOWN.
    The “Brave New World” of ghey shopping malls is withering away.

    Ethnonationalism is rising from the ashes of the post-WWII order.
    The New World Order of ethnostates is taking shape.

    This is a Good Thing. Nationalism should be race based.
    Its biological and logical. Its the Natural World reasserting itself.

    That bankrupt vision of commerce and Babylon is going away.
    The Zion Pigs are LOSING. Their fantasies are being destroyed by reality.

    Reality always wins in the end. Truth will out.
    This pack of lies and liars are now going the way of The Dinosaurs.

    The climate has changed. The BS is too thick and sick to survive.
    Nature has taken over. The Lies cannot compete and must DIE OFF.

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