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The Crisis in Ukraine Is Not About Ukraine. It's About Germany

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Friday February 25, 2022 20:46author by 1 of Indy Report this post to the editors

There is a lot of outright propaganda at the moment about the Russian operation to clear Ukraine of the Neo-Nazis and no it is definitely not the start of World War 3 as some outlets are suggesting. So it is against this background that it we bring attention to this article written by Mike Whitney giving his view on why the USA & it's vassal states UK and Europe have spent the last 8 years trying to provoke the Russian bear until finally it acted.

The Ukrainian crisis has nothing to do with Ukraine. It’s about Germany and, in particular, a pipeline that connects Germany to Russia called Nord Stream 2. Washington sees the pipeline as a threat to its primacy in Europe and has tried to sabotage the project at every turn. Even so, Nord Stream has pushed ahead and is now fully-operational and ready-to-go. Once German regulators provide the final certification, the gas deliveries will begin. German homeowners and businesses will have a reliable source of clean and inexpensive energy while Russia will see a significant boost to their gas revenues. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.

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The article begins with this quote

“The primordial interest of the United States, over which for centuries we have fought wars– the First, the Second and Cold Wars– has been the relationship between Germany and Russia, because united there, they’re the only force that could threaten us. And to make sure that that doesn’t happen.” George Friedman, STRATFOR CEO at The Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs

The Ukrainian crisis has nothing to do with Ukraine. It’s about Germany and, in particular, a pipeline that connects Germany to Russia called Nord Stream 2. Washington sees the pipeline as a threat to its primacy in Europe and has tried to sabotage the project at every turn. Even so, Nord Stream has pushed ahead and is now fully-operational and ready-to-go. Once German regulators provide the final certification, the gas deliveries will begin. German homeowners and businesses will have a reliable source of clean and inexpensive energy while Russia will see a significant boost to their gas revenues. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.

The US Foreign Policy establishment is not happy about these developments. They don’t want Germany to become more dependent on Russian gas because commerce builds trust and trust leads to the expansion of trade. As relations grow warmer, more trade barriers are lifted, regulations are eased, travel and tourism increase, and a new security architecture evolves. In a world where Germany and Russia are friends and trading partners, there is no need for US military bases, no need for expensive US-made weapons and missile systems, and no need for NATO. There’s also no need to transact energy deals in US Dollars or to stockpile US Treasuries to balance accounts. Transactions between business partners can be conducted in their own currencies which is bound to precipitate a sharp decline in the value of the dollar and a dramatic shift in economic power. This is why the Biden administration opposes Nord Stream. It’s not just a pipeline, it’s a window into the future; a future in which Europe and Asia are drawn closer together into a massive free trade zone that increases their mutual power and prosperity while leaving the US on the outside looking in. Warmer relations between Germany and Russia signal an end to the “unipolar” world order the US has overseen for the last 75 years. A German-Russo alliance threatens to hasten the decline of the Superpower that is presently inching closer to the abyss. This is why Washington is determined to do everything it can to sabotage Nord Stream and keep Germany within its orbit. It’s a matter of survival.

And now onto how Ukraine fits into the picture...

That’s where Ukraine comes into the picture. Ukraine is Washington’s ‘weapon of choice’ for torpedoing Nord Stream and putting a wedge between Germany and Russia. The strategy is taken from page one of the US Foreign Policy Handbook under the rubric: Divide and Rule. Washington needs to create the perception that Russia poses a security threat to Europe. That’s the goal. They need to show that Putin is a bloodthirsty aggressor with a hair-trigger temper who cannot be trusted. To that end, the media has been given the assignment of reiterating over and over again, “Russia is planning to invade Ukraine.” What’s left unsaid is that Russia has not invaded any country since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and that the US has invaded or toppled regimes in more than 50 countries in the same period of time, and that the US maintains over 800 military bases in countries around the world. None of this is reported by the media, instead the focus is on “evil Putin” who has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border threatening to plunge all of Europe into another bloody war.

Now some might say but Russia has invaded Ukraine. Yes it has and it's stated goal was to push back the Ukrainian army that was inside the new states of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics which they have pledged to protect. Also Ukraine did not adhere to any of the Minsk accords and was making noise about joining NATO. So the second stated goal is to disarm Ukraine of all it's heavy weapons. It remains to be seen how long they stay in Ukraine but it is not expected to be long because otherwise they will get bogged down and they have learnt that lesson in history. So the most likely outcome is they expect the neo-Nazi regime to fall and that is in line with the call by Russia to Ukraine troops to pledge allegiance to their country and not the junta in power.

You can read the full article at the link below

Related Link: https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/the-crisis-in-ukraine-is-not-about-ukraine-its-about-germany/
author by English Anarchistpublication date Thu Mar 24, 2022 13:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not about the Germany to Russia oil and gas pipelines at all. It is because the Russia regime under Putin has wanted to take back Ukraine and as much of Eastern Europe as it can. And this has been the plan of the Putin regime for over 20 years long before these gas and oil pipelines were built. Russia since the year 2000 under President Putin has been more and more despotic and tyrannical. Russia is no longer a democracy it has become a tyrannical dictatorship where even Russian anti war activists are beaten, arrested and jailed. Both the left and the right do not seem to have any real understanding about the Russian invasion of Ukraine! And both the left and the right have been trying to denounce the Ukrainian government as a neo nazi regime ever since the popular revolution there of 2013. But in reality Ukraine has no more neo nazis as a percentage of its population than any other major country. The left and the right have abandoned the people of Ukraine and their silence and refusal to condemn Russian aggression and war crimes has made the situation worse. The people of Ukraine need our help in their fight to liberate their country from the Russian military invasion!

 
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