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More evidence, about which I hope to write at length, is piling up that Europe has acquiesced to Washington's drive to war with Russia, a war that is likely to be the final war for humanity. By Russia's low key and unthreatening response to Washington's aggression, thereby giving the West the mistaken signal that Russia is weak and fearful, the Russian government has encouraged Washington's drive to war.
It appears that the Russians' greatest weakness is that capitalism has raised enough Russians to a comfortable living standard that the war that Washington is bringing to them is scary, and they want to avoid it in order to continue living like decadent Western Europeans.
The same thing happened to the once fierce Vandals in North Africa in the 6th century when the Vandals were exterminated by a small force from the Eastern Roman Empire. The Vandals had lost the valor that had given them a rich chunk of the Roman Empire.
Vladimir Putin, the judo master, is likely well aware of his tactical advantages. Vladimir Putin, the humanitarian, is valiantly trying to find a way through the horrors created by the imperial west which causes the least amount of suffering for all, not just the Russian people. But he's proven before that he will not hesitate to act when the moment is right.
War and conflict are ultimately about time and tempo. You have to analyze the American strategy designed to start war, and then analyze the Russian response and see how in each case, the Americans are being stymied. War should have started by now. In 1914, it would already have been raging.
The U.S. strategic wet dream is: Coup in Ukraine | Russia Invades Ukraine | America and Europe Declare War | Russia dies and we do the happy dance on their dead bodies.
The U.S. (who used this tactic in the 1980s against Russia) fully expected Russia to engage in the Ukraine. Russia did not. This is a missed tempo, because unless Russia invades Ukraine, the West has a problem.
The goal of America is to draw Russia into a war, NOW, TODAY. They need it. So actively denying them combat when they are strong is in the interest of Russia. This way Russia can continue to consolidate its position and dig in for the winter.
Oh, you forgot about that? Read Sun Tzu: weather is important!
America further needs a war to conceal its economic failure. Russia's response? It doesn't invade Ukraine, but hits America and the entire West where it hurts by creating an alternative international institutional framework - the BRICS bank in place of the IMF one, for example, which was immediately put into practice by accepting trade settlements with Eurasian partners in local currencies, instead of the dollar.
Meanwhile it partners with China to offload some of their American bonds (Belgium magically bought them up
). Finally it puts the screws to Europe, which is already suffering economically and agriculturally by ensuring that their vegetables and fruit rot in warehouses.
While you may not think the U.S. will be hit, it will. Already, Poland is demanding the U.S. buy the fruit that Russia has banned
. Now more European countries will ask, and if the U.S. says yes, it loses money. If the U.S. says no, it loses friends.
Putin is some kind of genius.
There are just so many ways that this is bad for the West and good for Russia.
These are not weak moves, they are establishing moves to have a good opening position should a shooting war really start. But also they want a good position should a new "cold war" start. So you can see that either option eventually has Russia with a more stable position. Certainly more stable than if they had followed this article's advice. Sorry PCR, but you are way off here.