Scholar: Vladimir Putin Not Responsible for Ukrainian Civil War

Russia and Soviet scholar Paul Robinson debunks the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is directing the rebels fighting in Ukraine’s eastern regionUkraine: Night of clashes in Kiev

This article originally appeared at Truth Dig

Through a careful review of recent history, Russia and Soviet scholar Paul Robinson debunks the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is directing the rebels fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region.

“No plausible evidence has been produced to indicate that members of the Russian army were involved at the start of the uprising,” says Robinson of the civil war in the Donbass.

Robinson made his remarks in a panel titled “Who has done what, and why?” at the University of Toronto’s “Ukraine and Russia Peace Conference” on Feb. 22. He writes about foreign policy at Irrusianality, a site devoted to understanding “the relationship between Russia and the West; and the apparently irrational decision making processes which dominate much of international relations.”

The clip above came to Truthdig via James Carden, a former adviser at the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs, contributing editor at The National Interest and contributor to The Nation magazine.

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  1. So, why this sudden closeness to Iran? The answer lies in Obama’s petulance. Just as he gave a green light to the Ukraine “regime change”, MH 17 false flag and war with Russia because Putin’s open letter on Syria in the NYT made him look bad, Iran is Obama’s way of ticking off Bibi for bending Obama’s nose at the UN and in the US Congress. This too will pass and the US will return to the Sunni and Israeli side of America’s War on the World

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  2. A good, objective analysis. However, I disagree that the “West” is independent of the US and that it has acted without a deliberate design to push NATO’s boundaries Eastwards on a miscalculation that Russia is still a Stalinist State weakened to a perpetual Gorbachev moment. My reading of the unfolding scenario is quite alarming. A good place to start is Ukraine. “Why Ukraine?” and “Why Now?” hangs in the air. In the absence of anything more plausible, this was my explanation at that time that still stands and is further corroborated by the US’ MH-17 false flag operation and the oil price war. The vantage point of entry is not Obama’s Foreign and Military Policy vacuity. This is merely another dot in the long standing vacuity of the White Hice. It has to do with the agenda of the pay masters who decide US foreign and military policy since Sheikh Yamani renegotiated the Oil Pricing mechanism. Ukraine (and Syria) were chosen by Saudi Arabia as the next Iraq. In the Iraq prototype, the Saudi Caliphate had successfully deflected the 9/11 anger away from its nuclear bomb and terrorism wielding sword arm, Pakistan, and itself, to topple a modern regime where state of the art medical and educational facilities, discos, bars and high living standards as well communities of Jews, Christians, Yazidis and others thrived in an affront to Islam. This also got the US (and its NATO poodles) weakened by draining away more than 5,000 soldiers and Three Trillion Dollars. The timing came up with Putin’s open letter to Obama in the New York Times about Syria which obstructed the Grand Saudi Design (which is to carry out the commands of its “prophet” and establish a global caliphate enforcing ISIS style Sharia on the rubble of civilization). It also bent Obama’s nose by exposing White Hice vacuity. Bandar of Saudi intelligence then went to Moscow to try and induce Putin to reconsider his support for Syria and opposition to the Islamic grand design. Putin sent him packing with a warning: That Russia would bomb the Q’aaba if Islam tried another Beslan at Sochi. There was, here, betwixt the US and Saudi Arabia, a congruence of bent noses motivated to harness the always dormant US predilection to fall prey to its own Mc Carthy-Hoover-Boston Witch Hunt proclivity driven propaganda. Russia bad, West good. Islam Bad but Turkey, Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait and Pakistan are good Islam. While Clinton the husband bombed Belgrade for 84 days to give Islam its first ethnically cleansed Moslem Emirate in Europe after 1489, Clinton the wife toppled Qadaffi to hand Libya over to the wolves of Islam. Imagine, if you can, the dividend for Islam if the US falls further upon its own sword than it did in Iraq? Saudi ambitions are now bent on further deflecting the rising wide spread anger against Islam to Iran from itself. Several retired Four Star Generals and Admirals have followed in Colin Powell’s foot-steps and testified before recent (within the last two months) Senate hearings that Iran is the danger and that Iran is the reason and source of ISIS as well as that ghost of a long defunct US-Pakistan Staff College of Guerrilla Warfare, that still haunts US propaganda, “Al Qaeda”. The Saudis may still get away with “Iran Bad, Saudi (aka ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shebab, Taliban, Mosques, Madrassas, Pakistan et all) Good”, because US policy is driven by decision and opinion makers, as well as media, on Petro Dollar Pay Rolls, and the momentum of “Four legs good, two legs bad” built up in the psyche of the US Polyphemes is strong and easy to stoke. Partiularly as a war on Iran would continue to retain control over the oil price mechanism in the nads of US opinion and decision makers in the interests of the Tent of Saud. Even more than liberal modern regimes like the Baathists (Sadam Hussein and Bashaar Al Assad), Saudi Wahabi Islam is ideologically committed to eradicate “apostates” such as Iran (Shia), Jews and Christians, in this order. If the US, after throwing Syria to the wolves of Saudi-Wahabi Islam, and recommencing the Cold War with Russia, now bogs down in Iran, Saudi Arabia would have advanced their “prophet’s’ agenda to near completion. As a strategist, I must admire Saudi Arabia for how they used their wealth to buy and use their ideological enemy (The US, NATO and Israel) against themselves. Clinton, the wife, toppled Qadafi to hand over Libya to the wolves of Sunni-Wahabi Islam created by Bush the father and Bush the son. Clinton, the Holy Ghost, bombed Belgrade for 84 days to give Islam its first ethnically cleansed enclave in Europe since 1489. 440,000 Catholics were externed from Bosnia. Kosovo has no place for Non Moslems beyond the barricades of Prishtina. The US has been a gun for hire to whoever paid its opinion and decision makers top petro dollars since Bush the father was a CIA Director and Sheikh Yamani renegotiated the oil pricing mechanism to generate a flood of petro dollars to fund mosques and madrassas around the world which have been churning out students (Taliban) for more than forty years for the successors to that Pakistani-US staff college for Islam, Al Qaeda, to train. Obama, ilke Abu Ben Adhem, promises to lead the rest. There is no way that the US can be a long term ally of Iran or do any kind of deal with Iran. For several reasons. Firstly, the US is a committed ally of the Sunni-Wahabi (Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait, Al Shebab, ISIS, Boko Haram, Pakistan, Jaish e Mohammed, Taliban, Al Qaeda’s many ghosts etc.) Not only have they been partners in crime since the days of Sheikh Yamani and Daddy Bush in his avatar as a CIA director, but their Petro Dollars have purchased the loyalty, and collateral silence, of generations of US opinion and decision makers. The Sunni are a “majority” and the Shia (Iran) are a minority and the US has this same penchant for majoritarianism masquerading as “democracy” as India’s vote bank loving politicians. That the Sunni will rend them after finishing with the Shia as they did after dealing with Russia in Afghanistan is of as little consequence to the US elite as the antics of Islam in India and other “democracies” to their respective elites because the elites are sheltered in personal cockle shells of hubris, infallibility and immortality. So, why this sudden closeness to Iran? The answer lies in Obama’s petulance. Just as he gave a green light to the Ukraine “regime change”, MH 17 false flag and war with Russia because Putin’s open letter on Syria in the NYT made him look bad, Iran is Obama’s way of ticking off Bibi for bending Obama’s nose at the UN and in the US Congress. This too will pass and the US will return to the Sunni and Israeli side of America’s War on the World? in gneral and Russia in particular.

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