In early November German Der Spiegel published an interview with 91-year-old Henry Kissinger, one of the old-timers of American diplomacy and foreign policy. The former State Secretary talked about war and peace, Ukraine and Crimea, the mistakes on the side of the United States and Europe as they implemented their policy towards Moscow.
Mr. Kissinger was never a friend of Russia. To the contrary, he always did his best to weaken the USSR and then Russia in belief that the policy met the interests of the USA. It makes his opinion carry even more weight. Kissinger is sure that Washington and Brussels are responsible for the escalation of the situation in Ukraine. As he puts it, «Europe and America did not understand the impact of these events, starting with the negotiations about Ukraine's economic relations with the European Union and culminating in the demonstrations in Kiev. All these, and their impact, should have been the subject of a dialogue with Russia». He adds that, «Ukraine has always had a special significance for Russia. It was a mistake not to realize that».
According to Kissinger, America can avoid a conflict with Russia, «We have to remember that Russia is an important part of the international system, and therefore useful in solving all sorts of other crises, for example in the agreement on nuclear proliferation with Iran or over Syria. This has to have preference over a tactical escalation in a specific case». Kissinger finds senseless the Ukraine’s attempts to punish Russia by dragging NATO into the civil war raging in the east of the country. The old timer warns that a new Cold War would be a tragedy. Three weeks had passed after the interview saw light when the House of Representatives made the world move one step closer to the tragedy the foreign policy veteran warned about. On December 4 the representatives approved the resolution N 758. It passed with 411-10 votes.
The resolution slams Russia for unleashing a military aggression against Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova and calls for military and intelligence aid to Ukraine. The document calls on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and United States partners in Europe and other nations around the world «to suspend all military cooperation with Russia, including prohibiting the sale to the Russian Government of lethal and non-lethal military equipment». The House of Representatives wants Ukraine and EU to curb interaction with Russia and expand sanctions. Moreover, it calls on Ukraine and the European Union to reject Russian energy supplies. The representatives directly threaten the Russian Federation and accuse it of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Finally, the House suggests that the US take a decisive action to intensify the information war with Russia. It «calls on the President and the United States Department of State to develop a strategy for multilateral coordination to produce or otherwise procure and distribute news and information in the Russian language to countries with significant Russian-speaking populations».
In his piece called A Foreign Policy of Russophobia published by The American Conservative, Patrick Buchanan writes that, «H.R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy». The author notes that the representatives use the term «aggression» describing the conflict in South Ossetia when Russian peacekeepers were attacked on August 8, 2008. Only then did the Russian army enter South Ossetia. They also use the term «aggression» to describe the Russian military presence in Transnistria. The Russian Federation forces have been in place there for many years in strict accordance with the international mandate. The operation was launched to prevent a war between Moldova and Transnistria.
Buchanan emphasizes that, «H.R. 758 charges Russia with an «invasion» of Crimea. But there was no air, land, or sea invasion. The Russians were already there by treaty and the reannexation of Crimea, which had belonged to Russia since Catherine the Great, was effected with no loss of life». The author continues, «Russia is charged with using «trade barriers to apply economic and political pressure» and interfering in Ukraine’s «internal affairs». This is almost comical. The U.S. has imposed trade barriers and sanctions on Russia, Belarus, Iran, Cuba, Burma, Congo, Sudan, and a host of other nations». He adds «Was that not the State Department’s Victoria Nuland, along with John McCain, prancing around Kiev, urging insurgents to overthrow the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych? Was Nuland not caught boasting about how the U.S. had invested $5 billion in the political reorientation of Ukraine, and identifying whom we wanted as prime minister when Yanukovych was overthrown?»
In his article Russia Has Western Enemies, Not Partners published on December 5 Paul Craig Roberts, who served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, writes that «The purpose of Washington’s false accusations is to destabilize Russia and the country’s government. Washington has many avenues by which to destabilize Russia. Washington has the US funded NGOs, the foreign owned Russian media, and the House Resolution calls for Washington to expand propaganda broadcasting into Russia in the Russian language». Roberts notes that when Putin blocked the planned US invasions of Syria and Iran, Washington decided that something had to be done about Russia. «No one should be surprised to see Washington, its presstitutes and European vassal states using the same propagandistic lies against Russia and Putin as were used against Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Libya and Gaddafi, Syria and Assad, Afghanistan and the Taliban, and Iran,» he writes.
Michel Chossudovsky, the chief editor of Canadian internet media outlet Global Research, believes that it’s not another «Cold War». It’s much worse than that. According to him, America is on a hot war footing.
Patrick Smith writes for New York Times, The Nation and The Washington Quarterly. He is the author of the book Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century. According to him, «It has been a long and lonely winter defending the true version of events in Ukraine, but here comes the sun. We now have open acknowledgment in high places that Washington is indeed responsible for this mess, the prime mover, the «aggressor,» and finally this term is applied where it belongs. NATO, once again, is revealed as causing vastly more trouble than it has ever prevented». Katrina van den Heuvel calls for thinking twice about the implications of the West’s involvement in Ukraine.
The voices calling for putting an end to hostile attitude towards Russia are getting louder. For instance, on December 5, the popular German weekly Die Zeit published the letter «Another War in Europe? Not in our name!» appealing to the federal government, Bundestag and media. It was co-signed by over 60 German renowned politicians, entrepreneurs, scholars, people prominent in culture, including former Chancellor Former Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder, ex-president Roman Herzog, Eckhard Cordes, President, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, actor and film director Klaus Maria Brandauer and many others. «Nobody wants war. But North America, the European Union and Russia are inevitably drifting towards war if they do not finally halt the disastrous spiral of threat and counter-threat,» says the letter.
Europeans feel the threat of imminent military conflict. Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico cited a German anonymous source saying «I am talking about a military conflict. Not just a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but a large scale war».
Petr Hájek, a Czech journalist who has cited the Slovakian Prime Minister, writes that «It could be said with great confidence that Americans are trying to provoke a war with Russia. The question is when it will be unleashed and what pretext will be used. It’s not an occasion that NATO rapid response force, the first strike unit, is going to be operational in January. This date should not be forgotten».
The Czech journalist continues «Hostilities will be sparked like a bolt from the blue to prevent the people from taking an anti-war action. The Washington’s locomotive will reach the final station. It is regrouped pushing the European train of war ahead to use it as a shield. As the US hopes, Europeans will shed blood while America will count profits. Perhaps a war is the only thing to save the dying dollar».