26. November 2014
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments
Opening the Gates to World War III - Paul Craig Roberts
“The US wants to subdue Russia, to solve
US problems at Russia’s expense. No one
in history ever managed to do this to Russia,
and no one ever will.”
Vladimir Putin, November 17, 2014.
According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm
Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in
Donetsk and Luhansk. A Russian foreign ministry official
condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons
to Kiev as a violation of agreements that would make a political
resolution of the conflict less likely. This statement is perplexing.
It implies that the Russian government has not yet figured out that
Washington has no interest in resolving the conflict.
Washington’s purpose is to use the hapless
Ukrainians against Russia. The worse the
conflict becomes, the happier Washington is.
The Russian government made a bet that Europe would
come to its senses and the conflict would be peacefully
resolved. The Russian government has lost that bet and
must immediately move to preempt a worsening crisis by
uniting the separatists provinces with Russia or by reading
the riot act to Europe.
It would be a costly humiliation for the Russian government
to abandon the ethnic Russians to a military assault. If Russia
stands aside while Donetsk and Luhansk are destroyed, the next
attack will be on Crimea. By the time Russia is forced to fight Russia will face a better armed, better prepared, and more formidable foe.
By its inaction the Russian government is aiding and abetting
Washington’s onslaught against Russia. The Russian government
could tell Europe to call this off or go without natural gas.
The Russian government could declare a no-fly zone over
the separatist provinces and deliver an ultimatum to Kiev.
The Russian government could accept the requests from
Donetsk and Luhansk for unification or reunification with
Russia. Any one of these actions would suffice to resolve
the conflict before it spins out of control and opens the
gates to World War III.
The American people are clueless that Washington is on the
brink of starting a dangerous war. Even informed commentators
become sidetracked in refuting propaganda that Russia has
invaded Ukraine and is supplying weapons to the separatists.
These commentators are mistaken if they think establishing
the facts will do any good.
Washington intends to remove Russia
as a constraint on Washington’s power.
Washington’s arrogance is forcing a
stark choice on Russia: vassalage or war.