In the News
State of Heightened Insecurity and Potential for Armed Conflict in Europe
– Steve Rutchinski –
While the U.S. blames Russia for threatening Ukraine and for instability in Europe, the facts reveal that the real threat to European security comes from the U.S., not Russia. U.S. actions and its expansion of NATO eastwards are all aimed at preventing Europe (or European countries) from rising as a global contender and to entangle Russia in endless conflicts with the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
The U.S. and NATO repeat time and again that they will not enter into direct military conflict with Russia over Ukraine but they have no reservations about arming and instigating their junkyard dog Nazi militias — that are now integrated into the Ukrainian armed forces — to step up an armed conflict against the people of Donetsk and Lugansk. And Canada is right in there claiming that this is what defends peace, democracy and human rights.
Russia initiated a diplomatic path for peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian civil war, in the form of the Minsk Agreements and the Normandy Four format (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany). The Ukraine has sabotaged Minsk since the beginning but it is not held to account. Occasionally Germany or France wake up and remember they are even partners and guarantors of implementation of the Minsk Agreements.
The unfolding events show the U.S. will not permit a peaceful solution and has contingency plans to act alone if European members of NATO balk at the prospect of open-if-limited conflict with Russia. On January 18, for example, the warmongering Atlantic Council think tank of NATO wrote that “as the crisis evolves, decisions about how to support Ukraine will become more difficult and there’s a limit to how unified NATO can be.” It added:
“While it won’t find a consensus to fight” and even “boosting Kyiv’s military capacity by supporting an insurgency for instance, or sending anti-tank weapons, will be impossible to achieve by consensus […] it could provide the foundation for certain allies to support Ukrainian forces in ways consistent with their national priorities outside of NATO.”
The New York Times reported that “Biden administration officials are warning that the United States could throw its weight behind a Ukrainian insurgency should President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia invade Ukraine […] In Afghanistan, the United States showed itself to be dismal at fighting insurgencies. But when it comes to funding them, military experts say it is a different ballgame.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley have made clear that the CIA (covertly) and the Pentagon (overtly) would both seek to help any Ukrainian insurgency. James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who was the supreme allied commander at NATO said, “Putin should realize that after fighting insurgencies ourselves for two decades, we know how to arm, train and energize them.”
The issue is not that the U.S. is “considering” supporting an insurgency in Ukraine; this is what it has been doing all along and tag-along Canada has been playing its own nefarious role, with its Deputy Prime Minister in the driver’s seat. The “Orange Revolution” was a U.S.-sponsored insurgency to push Ukraine further along the path of being an outpost of confrontation with Russia.
All this points to the necessity to make Canada a zone for peace, demand that NATO be dismantled and all special forces and troops be brought home, and to focus on opposing U.S. warmongering.
(TML, posted January 24, 2022. With files from the Atlantic Council and New York Times. Photo: D. O’Brien)