Sleepwalking to Thermonuclear World War III

With the Obama Administration, Congressional Republicans and the IMF hosting Victoria Nuland’s “Yats” with great fanfare in Washington on Thursday, the very same Kiev neo-Nazi regime moved the world one precarious step closer to a thermonuclear war of annihilation the very same day. President Petro Poroshenko put into effect a new law shutting down all Ukrainian-Russian military cooperation, which means the cut-off of transit to Russian peace-keeping troops in the bordering, landlocked Transdniester region. To make the point perfectly clear, the Ukrainian defense minister announced that S-300 air defense systems had been moved to the Ukraine-Transdniestria border, in a clear escalation of what Yatsenyuk described as “Ukraine’s war with Russia.”

This madness will only be stopped when both Obama and Angela Merkel are removed from office. Obama has done everything in his power to drive the confrontation with Russia, just as Lyndon LaRouche warned as long ago as late 2011, at the time of the overthrow and assassination of Qadaffi in Libya. Now, events on the Ukraine front and throughout the Baltic and Black Sea regions bordering on Russia, have put the world on the very brink of an outbreak of a great powers war, a war that can lead to thermonuclear extinction.

There is no more blunt way to assess the present strategic situation. BaltOp maneuvers in the Baltic Sea and ground NATO maneuvers on Polish soil are occurring throughout the month of June, which coincides with the showdown in Europe over Greece. According to news accounts over the past 36 hours, the two proposals presented on Tuesday by the Greek government to the European Commission included a demand for partial debt cancellation. The proposal was instantly rejected.

Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized that Merkel is on the verge of being brought down by sane forces within her own coalition government, and from two former German Chancellors, who have all demanded that she break with Obama’s obsessive confrontation with Putin and Russia. On a deeper level, LaRouche has noted that Germany is the last remaining viable economy in Europe, and a German-Russian cooperation can foster a turnaround in the rest of Europe’s otherwise unstoppable plunge into another financial and economic catastrophe.

The same situation holds true in the United States, where Obama’s removal from office, by Constitutionally prescribed means, is the only sane course of action. Otherwise, the choices are between a deep, accelerating collapse of what little remains of the productive economy of the United States, or an all-out thermonuclear confrontation with Russia and China.

While there are growing signs of a recognition of the Obama disaster, they are insufficient, so long as leading political circles argue that it is “not practical” to dump Obama now. Since when is thermonuclear extinction “practical?” No one in their right mind could claim that Obama has the qualities of leadership that John F. Kennedy showed in averting thermonuclear extinction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. The situation today is far more dangerous than at the time of the 1962 missile showdown between the US and the Soviets.

Only Obama’s removal, Merkel’s ouster, and a return immediately to a Glass-Steagall system, starting here in the United States, can resolve the process now leading the world towards a catastrophic crisis. With Merkel safely put out to pasture, those sane forces in Germany, promoting German-Russian cooperation and greater economic integration into the new BRICS paradigm, can start the process of saving Europe.


Transdniestria: The Next Flashpoint for War Against Russia

The Transdniester region of Moldova, a land-locked territory along Ukraine’s western border, could prove to be the next flashpoint for escalation by the West against Russia. Russia has had a contingent of peacekeeping troops there since 1992, following a civil war between Moldova and the Transdniester Republic, which is about 60 percent Russian, including about 150,000 Russian citizens. Since the 1990s, the OSCE has been involved in efforts to negotiate a settlement between Moldova and the Transdniester Republic. A law passed, by the Kiev parliament on May 21 and subsequently signed into law by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, blocking any military cooperation between Ukraine and Russia, includes a provision prohibiting the transit through Ukraine of any Russian troops and supplies going to the contingent in Transdniestria. Transdniestrian Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski warned, at the time of the vote, that Kiev’s decision to cut off all military cooperation with Russia, including support of the Russian peacekeepers in Transdniestria, creates the potential “to destabilize regional security,” according to a Sputnik report of June 3. Russian Ministry of Defense official Yuri Yakubov said that “The Ministry of Defense is left with no other option than to supply Russian forces with all the necessities by air bridge, with military-transport aircraft.”

Yesterday, TASS, citing the Odessa-based Taimer newspaper, reported that Ukrainian Defense Ministry officials announced that they would be placing S-300 air defense batteries along the Ukrainian border with Transdniestria.

Dniester Republic President Yevgeny Shevchuk said:

“The Dniester leadership is acting with maximum openness in this situation…We’ve made proposals more than once to the [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] OSCE, the Ukrainian embassy, other partners in the Five-plus-Two negotiations format [embracing Moldova, Transdniestria, Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, as well as the U.S. and the EU in the capacity of observers — TASS] to come over to us and to see for themselves that there are absolutely no military preparations on our side.” He continued, “We’re astonished by the OSCE’s reluctance to bring this fact to public awareness.”

TASS also reports that the Russian troops, reportedly numbering about 1,300, are engaged in military exercises. “The troops will perform training tasks to eliminate light armored vehicles, fire emplacements and manpower of a hypothetical enemy,” Western Military District spokesman Col. Oleg Kochetkov said yesterday. Poroshenko’s appointment of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Odessa province–after granting him Ukrainian citizenship last month–is widely seen in Russia as preparations for an escalation around Transdniester. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has also been mucking around in Moldova, visiting there in March 2014, only weeks after she engineered the coup that brought neo-Nazis to power in Kiev, to visit with Moldovan government officials.

House Blocks U.S. Training of Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

In the House of Representatives debate during the night of June 10 on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 2685, for FY 2016), two key bipartisan amendments passed, proposed by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), which, as reported in a Conyers’ press release today, serve “to block the training of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary militia ‘Azov Battalion,’ and to prevent the transfer of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles–otherwise known as Man-Portable Aid-Defense Systems (MANPADS)–to Iraq or Ukraine.” The measures passed by voice vote just before and after midnight.

The first amendment, offered by Rep. Yoho, prohibits the use of funds under the Act’s section 9014 for “Assistance and Sustainment to the Military and National Security Forces of Ukraine,” to procure or transfer MANPADS. The second, offered by Rep. Conyers, prohibits use of funds to provide arms, training, or other assistance to the Azov Battalion.

Rep. Conyers said in his press release today, that

“If there’s one simple lesson we can take away from U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, it’s this: Beware of unintended consequences. As was made vividly clear with U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion decades ago, overzealous military assistance or the hyper-weaponization of conflicts can have destabilizing consequences and ultimately undercut our own national interests.””Ukraine’s Azov Battalion is a 1,000-man volunteer militia of the Ukrainian National Guard that Foreign Policy Magazine has characterized as ‘openly neo-Nazi,’ and ‘fascist.’ Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who oversees Ukraine’s armed militias, announced that Azov troops would be among the first units to be trained by the Pentagon in Operation Fearless Guardian, prompting significant international concern.”

“According to Reuters, the Azov Battalion originated from a paramilitary national socialist group called ‘Patriot of Ukraine,’ which propagated slogans of white supremacy, racial purity, the need for authoritarian power and a centralized national economy. Azov’s controversial founder, Andriy Biletsky, organized the neo-Nazi group, the Social-National Assembly (SNA), in 2008.”

According to the Telegraph of London, the Conyers release quotes, “‘The Azov men use the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) symbol on their banner….” Also, “According to the Washington Post, Battalion members ‘could potentially strike pro-Russian targets on their own–or even turn on the [ukrainian] government’ if it pursues a diplomatic resolution to the conflict.”

Concerning MANPADS, Conyers noted that “Since their initial use on a battlefield in 1978, MANPAD attacks have resulted in nearly 1,000 civilian deaths. … Both U.S. and Israeli officials have feared that these weapons could be used by terrorists to bring down commercial jets. As the boundaries are increasingly blurred between insurgents fighting the Syrian government and those fighting the Iraqi government, providing additional arms could further destabilize the Middle East….”

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