by Paul Craig Roberts
The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?
Washington is currently conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals. Both countries are rife with Washington-financed politicians and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Washington concocts a scandal, sends its political agents into action demanding action against the government and its NGOs into the streets in protests.
Washington tried this against China with the orchestrated Hong Kong “student protest.” Washington hoped that the protest would spread into China, but the scheme failed. Washington tried this against Russia with the orchestrated protests against Putin’s reelection and failed again.
To destablilze Russia, Washington needs a firmer hold inside Russia. In order to gain a firmer hold, Washington worked with the New York mega-banks and the Saudis to drive down the oil price from over $100 per barrel to $30. This has put pressure on Russian finances and the ruble. In response to Russia’s budgetary needs, Washington’s allies inside Russia are pushing President Putin to privatize important Russian economic sectors in order to raise foreign capital to cover the budget deficit and support the ruble. If Putin gives in, important Russian assets will move from Russian control to Washington’s control.
In my opinion, those who are pushing privatization are either traitors or completely stupid. Whichever it is, they are a danger to Russia’s independence.
Eric Draitser provides some details of Washington’s assault on Russia: http://www.mintpressnews.com/brics-attack-western-banks-governments-launch-full-spectrum-assault-russia-part/215761/
of Washington’s attack on South Africa: http://www.mintpressnews.com/brics-attack-empires-destabilizing-hand-reaches-south-africa/215126/
and of Washington’s attack on Brazil: http://www.mintpressnews.com/brics-attack-empire-strikes-back-brazil/214943/
For my column on Washington’s attack on Latin American independence, see: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/04/22/washington-launches-its-attack-against-brics-paul-craig-roberts/
As I have often pointed out, the neoconservatives have been driven insane by their arrogance and hubris. In their pursuit of American hegemony over the world, they have cast aside all caution in their determination to destabilize Russia and China.
By implementing neoliberal economic policies urged on them by their economists trained in the Western neoliberal tradition, the Russian and Chinese governments are setting themselves up for Washington. By swallowing the “globalism” line, using the US dollar, participating in the Western payments system, opening themselves to destabilization by foreign capital inflows and outflows, hosting American banks, and permitting foreign ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments have made themselves ripe for destabilization.
If Russia and China do not disengage from the Western system and exile their neoliberal economists, they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.
Economic adviser to Putin declares WWIII has begun and U.S. nazi’s must be stopped
Back in the middle of June, Sergei Glazyev, the economic adviser to Vladimir Putin, appeared on a national television broadcast from Russia and pulled no punches in stating that the United States had overstepped the bounds of neutrality over Ukraine, and had declared war upon Russia by intervening in a satellite state of the Russian Federation, and border ally through commerce, language, and culture.
In fact, Sergei Glazyev went as far as to label both the United States, and the illegally installed Kiev government Nazi’s, working in tandem to bring down the economic and political partnership the Black Sea nation held with Moscow for a hundred years.
Sergei Glazyev: Regarding the policies of Kiev, let me say this. Kiev is clearly conducting a policy of genocide to eliminate the whole population of Donbass.
They’re destroying hospitals, kindergartens, schools… the fate they’re preparing for the people of Donbass is serfdom, which they make no secret of.
It’s obvious that the United States is fully controlling the Kiev Nazi’s, Poroshenko personally, and the government, and is pushing them to pursue this war against Donbass to the very end.
Why? Because this is a war by the United States against us.
Since the time of this interview, many different things have been done to increase the chaos occurring within Ukraine, and to escalate the proxy war between the U.S. and Russia. First, three sets of economic sanctions have been assessed against Russia, Russian businesses, and Russian politicians which are meant to hinder their ability to perform trade and transactions with European partners. Secondly, the United States began attacking allies that do business and trade with Russia, and have gone so far as to spy upon the most sensitive communications between German leadership, and to charge, indict, and impose a massive fine on French bank BNP Paribas for France’s choice to sell two naval gunships to the Russian government.
Then of course there is the most recent incident, involving the shooting down of Malaysian flight 777 over Eastern Ukraine, and Washington’s hardball propaganda campaign to vilify Russia as being the main force behind the take down.
Russia knows that the American empire is bankrupt, desperate, and becoming more isolated each day. In fact, one of America’s long-standing allies publicly stated two days ago that they no longer take calls from President Obama, and are seeking new trade agreements that bypass the dollar, and allow them to trade in their own sovereign currency.
The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States lasted for more than 40 years, and ended with a collapse of an ideological and political superpower. And 25 years later, the tables are now turned, and it is the United States who has become the ideological ‘Evil Empire’, and are quickly de-evolving because of the growing economic might of Russia, China, and the emerging nations. And as with any empire, from the Persian, to the Greek, to the Roman, when an empire has nothing of substance to offer, their last resort is, and has always been, war.