Pushing Toward The Final War

Paul Craig Roberts

"All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” Dante Alighieri,
"Inferno", Canto III (*)(Illustration: Gustave Doré, 1857)

Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster by his neoconservative speech writers and government officials? World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people. Only one head of state was actually involved–the President of France.

In The genesis Of The World War, Harry Elmer Barnes shows that World War 1 was the product of 4 or 5 people. Three stand out: Raymond Poincaré, President of France, Sergei Sazonov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Alexander Izvolski, Russian Ambassador to France. Poincaré wanted Alsace-Lorraine from Germany, and the Russians wanted Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. They realized that their ambitions required a general European war and worked to produce the desired war.

A Franco-Russian Alliance was formed. This alliance became the vehicle for orchestrating the war. The British government, thanks to the incompetence, stupidity, or whatever of its Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was pulled into the Franco-Russian Alliance. The war was started by Russia’s mobilization. The German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, was blamed for the war despite the fact that he did everything possible to avoid it.

Barnes’ book was published in 1926. His reward for confronting the corrupt court historians with the truth was to be accused of being paid by Germany to write his history. Eighty-six years later historian Christopher Clark in his book, The Sleepwalkers, comes to essentially the same conclusion as Barnes.

In the history I was taught, the war was blamed on Germany for challenging British naval supremacy by building too many battleships. The court historians who gave us this tale helped to set up World War 2.

The Struggle for Ukraine's Soul Continues

Stephen Lendman

'Ukraine's soul'? - Is there really such an ethereal thing as that? Maybe there is one; maybe not. Or maybe there's just nastiness and the vilest thuggery, depravity and unthinkable perversion. And...there's maybe even this: an evil that knows no bounds, free from all constraint, a willingness to plunge to unheard of depths...an evil from which, this time, not even the tiniest shaft of captured light could escape...

Ukraine remains a global flashpoint. Turmoil, possible internal power struggles and uncertainty reflect things. Plundering its economy is planned. Obama's Brussels speech was duplicitous. It was provocative. It stoked confrontation with Russia. Daily inflammatory Western headlines continue. Anti-Russian vitriol remains intense.

Lies substitute for truth. Friday's Wall Street Journal was typical. It headlined "Russian Buildup Stokes Worries."

No "buildup" whatever exist. Not according to Journal contributors. Propaganda substitutes for accurate reporting. Lies drown out truth. Unnamed US officials were cited. Credibility isn't Washington's long suit. Nor Journal editors and contributors. "Russian troops massing near Ukraine are actively concealing their positions and establishing supply lines that could be used in a prolonged deployment, ratcheting up concerns that Moscow is preparing for another major incursion and not conducting exercises as it claims," the Journal reported. "Such an incursion could take place without warning because Russia has already deployed the array of military forces needed for such an operation," it added.

According to US officials, Russia massed 50,000 troops on Ukraine's border. An unnamed Ukrainian official said 100,000. A "senior US official" said "(w)hat matters is the intent. And we don't have a clear sense of that." - False! No Russian buildup exists. No Ukraine invasion is planned. Putin isn't expansionist. He respects sovereign rights of other nations. His agenda is polar opposite Washington's. Don't expect Journal editors or contributors to explain. Russia bashing continues daily. Its intensity exceeds the worst of Cold War years. It shows no signs of ebbing. Lies, damn lies, and misinformation remain official Western editorial policy.

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