Conventional wisdom in the West is that this war with Ukraine is destroying Russia but in some ways Russia maybe better prepared for this than the West.
The current Ukrainian conflict is the epilogue of the four centuries-old West-centric era as it formalises the power shift to the world’s East and South. It has already costs Europe some of its prosperity while further imperiling the US’s technically insolvent economy. By doggedly confronting the NATO league Russia may be removing the last obstacle which hitherto prevented many other states from coming into their own, notes well-known international observer Come Carpentier de Gourdon at “Global Order”.
It is challenging to find anything original to say about Russia’s ‘Special Operation’ in Ukraine, amidst the ubiquitous coverage of the last eleven months. Western mainstream sources are almost unanimous in their condemnation. More impartial observers tend to agree that the invasion of Ukraine was not unprovoked nor was it calculated to cause casualties in Moscow’s perspective, writes Come Carpentier de Gourdon.
Indeed, a deal was indeed soon struck in Turkey, mediated by President Erdogan, only to be reneged on by Ukrainian President Zelensky, a former pop video dancer and stand-up comedian with no political experience, under the influence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson who carried the joint US-British brief for Ukraine to fight on, with the promise of unlimited military and financial support, in order to recover Crimea and the Donbas by decisively ‘defeating Putin’.
Thence the conflict rose in intensity, it has turned into a protracted clash between the NATO bloc and the Russian Federation.
The US plan was simple and fairly straightforward: build up the Ukrainian armed forces and paramilitary groups trained by NATO since 2008: the year after President George W Bush officially proposed to admit Ukraine and Georgia into NATO and met with opposition from Berlin and Paris. The goal was to use ‘remote controlled’ Ukrainian armed forces for wearing down Russia’s military capabilities while waves of crushing sanctions would seek to destroy its economy and create major internal unrest.
The West would not risk boots on the ground and the US and its partners would recover their financial contributions in the long term with Ukrainian national assets to be used as collateral for the loans and lend-lease arrangements provided to the Kyiv regime.
The US also admittedly carried out or sponsored research, before the war began, in a large number of Ukrainian biological and virological laboratories, some of which appear to have been dual use facilities.
The design of the Anglo-Saxon countries – primarily the US and Britain, in alliance with Poland and the Baltic states – was to build up Ukraine as a ‘counter model’ to Putin’s Russia and a bulwark of the western military bloc, as planned by Zbignew Brzezinski and plotted by George Soros, harnessing the ‘integral ethnic nationalism’ of the Ukrainian Far Right whose origins are as viscerally anti-Polish as anti-Russian and closely associated with the ideology of the German Third Reich.
The US project, which dates back to the Second World War, combines rather seamlessly, despite apparent contradictions, the Austro-German ambition to regain influence on the ‘borderlands’ with the Polish nostalgia for a Medieval Commonwealth which stretched at one time from the Baltic to the Black Sea. At the cultural level, the Ukrainian Ultra-Nationalist minority, well organised and highly militarised, upholds an ideal of racial purity and claims to be the first line of defence of Western Civilization against ‘barbaric Asia’.
The governments in Kyiv since the overthrow of President Yanukovich in 2014 have carefully built up anti-Russian resentment in a population which is intermingled with the Russians by blood, language and culture so that it is often very difficult to tell the difference, at least in the oriental part of Ukraine but family feuds often grow into the bitterest of conflicts.
President Zelensky reflects the complexity of the local nationalism; he leads a nation with a living legacy of antisemitism but he affirms his desire to closely tie Ukraine with the United States and to make it ‘another Israel’.
The US Secretary Antony Blinken’s family originated in a Ukrainian township located near Zelensky’s ancestral home and from the same community; that may be another factor behind the dogged commitment of the Biden Administration to the survival of the Ukrainian president promoted as a democratic hero of the ‘free world’ on the doorstep of the ‘old Russian enemy’ even though he is merely the figurehead of a corrupt regime which has banned all internal opposition.
Many Western leaders are aware of Zelensky’s personal weakness and of the slim chances of success his country has against Russia but they have to hold the NATO-set line, at least in public while major western news media carefully handpick facts to make the common citizens hope for ‘an imminent Ukrainian victory’ and avoid showing the ground realities.
Despite oft-repeated pledges of unlimited support, the vast but mismatched weapon supplies that Western nations are sending to Ukraine at the behest of Washington and London have only stretched out the conflict, multiplied the fatalities, increased the destruction and delayed the outcome without enabling Kyiv to push back the Russian troops.
By drumbeating its allies into a war purported ‘to defend the global democratic civilization against an autocratic invader’ the USA keeps the European Union under its thumb and at loggerheads with Moscow and thereby cuts off Europe from strategic resources in the East.
The greatest victim of this NATO-enhancing policy, after Ukraine is perhaps Germany – with France a close third – since Russia prepared for the new sanctions in the last decade by developing its internal resources and manufacturing capacities and reducing its reliance on imports.
As a result of those preventive measures the Western endeavour ‘to deal a mortal blow to the Russian economy’ has had limited effectiveness while Washington’s policies are exposing the murky combination of US and West European corporate interests behind the decades long exploitation of Ukraine. A recent Rand Paper acknowledges that it is in the interest of the USA to end this war at the earliest before it further damages America’s shrinking stature, political stability and economy.
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