We are in deep trouble…War between NATO and Russia a Real Possibility

Professor Stephen Cohen – “This is the worst international crises since the Cuban missiles crisis”

By Damir Marinovichnuclear-fallout-1-300x173

Professor Stephen Cohen is one of the most respected authorities on Russia among American and Western scholars. He is an American scholar of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University. His academic work concentrates on modern Russian history and Russia’s relationship with the United States.

The key points of Cohen’s extraordinary speech:

  • The possibility of premeditated war with Russia is real; this was never a possibility during Soviet times.
  • This problem did not begin in November 2013 or in 2008, this problem began in 1990’s when the Clinton administration adopted a “winner-takes-all” policy towards post-Soviet Russia.
  • Next to NATO expansion, the US adopted a form of a negotiation policy called “selective cooperation” – Russia gives, the US takes.
  • There is not a single example of any major concession or reciprocal agreement that the US offered Russia in return for what it has received since the 90s.
  • This policy has been pursued by every president and every US Congress, from President Clinton to President Obama.
  • The US is entitled to a global sphere of influence, but Russia is not entitled to any sphere of influence at all, not even in Georgia or Ukraine.
  • For 20 years Russia was excluded from the European security system. NATO expansion was a pivot of this security system and it was directed against Russia.
  • Putin started as a pro-Western leader, he wanted partnership with the US, provided helping hand after 9/11 and saved many American lives in Afghanistan.
  • In return he got more NATO expansion and unilateral abolition of the existing missile treaty on which all Russian security was based.
  • Putin is not an autocrat, he’s maybe very authoritarian as an ultimate decider, but he is answerable to other power groups.
  • Putin is not anti-Western, or as Khodorkovsky said, he is more European than 99 percent of Russians. He has become less pro-Western and particularly less pro-American.
  • Since November 2013, Putin has became not aggressive but reactive. For this he has been criticized in circles in Moscow as an appeaser (that is, soft, not tough enough).
  • We (opposing academics) don’t have effective political support in the administration, the Congress, political parties, think tanks or on university campuses. This is unprecedented situation in American politics. There’s no discourse, no debate and this is failure of American democracy.
  • There is ongoing extraordinary irrational and nonfactual demonisation of Putin. No Soviet leader was so personally vilified as Putin is now.
  • The solution is federation to unite Ukraine without Crimea, which is not coming back, free trade with both the West and Russia and no NATO membership for Ukraine.
  • This guarantees must be in writing, not oral premises like they gave to Gorbachev, and must be ratified by the UN.
  • The Kiev regime is not a democratic one, but an ultra-nationalistic one. Poroshenko is a diminishing president.
  • Unless the Kiev regime changes its approach to Russia or unless the West stops supporting Kiev unconditionally, we are drifting towards war with Russia.
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  1. While Clinton the wife toppled Qaddafi and threw Libya to the wolves of Islam created by Bush the father, Bush the Son and Blair the Holy Ghost, Clinton the husband bombed Belgrade for 84 days to give Islam its first ethnically cleansed enclave in Europe after 1489. The enemy of americans and all right thinking human beings are Islam and the White Hice, their State Department and their Dirty Tricks Department known euphemistically as the CIA. If the Americans realize this and bring about a “Regime Change” in Washington, the world may be able to avoid both a nuclear holocaust and becoming fully Islamic in the aftermath. Perhaps, this is why both Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi-Qatar-Kuwait-Pakistan-ISIS-Boko Haram-Al Shebab etc are as much in favour with the present version of the White House as Russia is out of favour?

  2. My reading of the unfolding scenario is quite alarmingt. 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.

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