Monday, 6 June 2016

Will Business Start a War With Russia?

STOP, DANGEROUS FOR LIFE
A few days ago I read this article: Warning! Neocons Are Close To Starting a Nuclear War With Russia, Dmitry Orlov in Russian Insider, June 1, 2016.

Neocons is short for neoconservativism, a political term coined in 1973 to label politicians who hire big businesses to fight communism and conduct wars so the US can police the world.

Here’s what I think and want to add to simplify the article:

Trust — Russia can no longer trust most of the American-managed rhetoric of so-called democracy, superiority, justice and truth. The US dominated NATO lied to Russia in the early 1990s when it promised not to advance towards Russia. The US now encircles Western Russia and is a threat to its security.

Media — The Western media takes every opportunity to demonize Russia and President Putin. That is not honest journalism, but a takeover by western corporate interests. The West must acknowledge that the
USSR won World War II, with 27 million deaths and defeating fascism. 90% do know know this fact.

More dangerous signs:
What is needed is a major change of orientation by the West from war thinking to peace, from extreme capitalism to a form of democratic socialism, working together instead of fighting each other. Hopefully we in the West will wake up and help our people to change the orientation towards a more respectful relationship with other members of the human family.

You see how complicated and dangerous the world is today.

US Superpower — The United States (US) insists in remaining the world's superpower. It has over 1,000 military bases around the world, a CIA, Pentagon, many NGOs, and a media too often spreading propaganda and lies. But other countries have legitimate interests. The superpower model should be replaced by regionalism and equality of nations.

Huge budget — The US annually spends US $1.7 trillion on its military, because big business needs to profit from war and government needs to perpetuate the notion of a superpower, and regime changer if necessary. More spending should go to social services, infrastructure, etc/

Problems — The US is facing formidable problems not well known or understood.
  • Its economy is in bad shape (debt to China is $1.24 trillion, January 2015).
  • It has the largest prison population in the world, 2.2 million, and many work like slaves for private companies.
  • Its deteriorating physical infrastructure such as railroads and bridges is horrendous.
  • Gun violence is endemic with more private weapons than any country; 32,000 people killed yearly with guns.
  • Many lack adequate health care.
  • Public education is often narrow and expensive.
And we can go on. The American Empire is on the way to collapse within a decade or two unless drastic changes are made.

Extreme capitalism is doomed. Profit at any costs (even war) cannot be sustained. The rich cannot maintain gross inequality. Too much money for a small portion of the top 1% disrespects the worth of the wider humanity. A cooperative sharing relationship is urgently needed.

See next blog: Canada — Stop Aggression Abroad !, 19 June 2016.

3 comments:

  1. Well said Koozma. I posted your blog article to Digileak Global June S36.

    Cheers, Kman

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  2. I can add this from Turkey: The US has been supporting Islamists in the Middle East just because they are anti-communist. Islamism brings only wars, massacres, slavery and medieval darkness.

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  3. Gunter Schaarschmidt9 June 2016 at 07:32

    I share your concern, Koozma, but it is naïve to think that "what is needed is a major change of orientation by the West from war thinking to peace, from extreme capitalism to a form of democratic socialism, working together instead of fighting each other. Hopefully we in the West will wake up and help our people to change the orientation towards a more respectful relationship with other members of the human family." It will never happen - the US will continue to follow the strategy of brinkmanship. The only way is to convince the US that just like in the days of Frederick the Great and Prussia's expansionism, "there would always be more to lose than to gain by going to war with Russia" (From Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, New York: Random House, 2011, page 22). Putin understands that and wants to keep Russia's defence capability at the strongest possible level. The West (including especially Merkel's Germany) has no sense of history where Russia is concerned. That, in my mind, is the big problem.

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