As most of you here are aware, I am a regular reader of The Daily Bell from Great Britain, and while I have my occasional philosophical disagreements, in the main I value its articles and contributors, one of whom is Paul Craig Roberts, who has written a rather sobering article that recently appeared in the Bell. But before I get to that, while reading this article, I would like the reader to pay special attention to those portions of it that concern Russia, and more particularly, Dmitri Medvedev's directives to the Russian armed forces:
Well, the short answer to Mr. Roberts' question, as indicated in the title of his article, is, "Yes, Washington is deaf as well as dumb", though I strongly suspect that Mr. Roberts was asking a rhetorical question, judging from the tone of his article. Are the two nuts in Tel Aviv and Tehran dangerous? Well, yes... palpably so.
But consider strongly the words concerning Russia that Mr. Roberts highlights, and particularly those of Mr. Putin. While I have no love lost for the authoritarianism of Mr. Putin or, for that matter, Mr. Hu Jintao, they are - I will say again - a far cry from Stalin or Mao. The attempts of the western media to evoke the spectre of the great Communist dictators of the past with respect to demonizing their current successors is, at least to this observer, a bit pathetic. If one wishes to compare Putin to a previous Russian leader, then perhaps painting him in Tsarist, rather than Stalinist or neo-Stalinist, colors would be a more apt comparison.
Putin's words here should be noted:
"Putin went on to discuss the forked tongue of Washington. Reagan and Gorbachev had firm agreements, but Reagan's successors put 'frontline forces on our borders. . . . The stones and concrete blocks of the Berlin Wall have long been distributed as souvenirs. But we should not forget that the fall of the Berlin Wall was possible thanks to a historic choice – one that was also made by our people, the people of Russia – a choice in favor of democracy, freedom, openness and a sincere partnership with all the members of the big European family. And now they are trying to impose new dividing lines and walls on us – these walls may be virtual but they are nevertheless dividing ones that cut through our continent. And is it possible that we will once again require many years and decades, as well as several generations of politicians, to dissemble and dismantle these new walls.'
"Putin's speech of more than 6 years ago shows that he has Washington's number. Washington is The Great Pretender, pretending to respect human rights while Washington slaughters Muslims in seven countries on the basis of lies and fabricated intelligence. The american people, "the indispensable people," support this murderous policy. Washington uses the status of the dollar as reserve currency to exclude countries that do not do Washington's bidding from the international clearing system.
"Washington, awash in hubris like Napoleon and Hitler before they marched off into Russia, has turned a deaf, dumb, and blind ear to Putin during the entirety of the 21st century. Speaking on May 10, 2006, Putin said: 'We are aware of what is going on in the world. Comrade wolf [the US] knows whom to eat, he eats without listening, and he's clearly not going to listen to anyone.'
Well, recently Russia has indicated it means business, by slinking a nuclear missile submarine into the Gulf undetected for a month(see this website for that "little" story), by announcing its intentions to re-open a naval base in Cuba, by vetoing US-backed UN sanctions against Syria, and on and on. And Roberts is exactly correct here: the hubris of the West vis-a-vis Russia is breathtaking, and it is fast approaching the delusional megalomaniacal proportions of the little Corsican corporal and the little Austrian postcard painter. One can get the measure of this galloping, somersaulting absurdity by just calling to mind the images of the lap-poodles Condaleeza Rice or Hillary Clinton actually trying to discuss anything intelligently with Putin or Medvedev...the picture is not one flattering to the intellectual caliber of the West or its leadership.
In this context we must turn to Roberts' other remarks, outlining Dmitri Medvedev's directives to the Russian armed forces:
"Here is Russian president Medvedev (currently the prime minister) describing the steps toward nuclear war that Russia has taken pushed by the crazed warmongers in Washington wallowing in their insane hubris:
" With regard to the American missile bases on Russia's borders, 'I have made the following decisions. First, I am instructing the Defense Ministry to immediately put the missile attack early warning radar station in Kaliningrad on combat alert. Second, protective cover of Russia's strategic nuclear weapons will be reinforced as a priority measure under the program to develop our air and space defenses. Third, the new strategic ballistic missiles commissioned by the Strategic Missile Forces and the Navy will be equipped with advanced missile defense penetration systems and new highly-effective warheads. Fourth, I have instructed the Armed Forces to draw up measures for disabling missile defense system data and guidance systems. These measures will be adequate, effective, and low-cost. Fifth, if the above measures prove insufficient, the Russian Federation will deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country, ensuring our ability to take out any part of the US missile defense system in Europe. One step in this process will be to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region. Other measures to counter the European missile defense system will be drawn up and implemented as necessary. Furthermore, if the situation continues to develop not to Russia's favor, we reserve the right to discontinue further disarmament and arms control measures.'" (Emphasis added)
Now, amid a world suffused with stories of Stuxnet and other cyber war attacks on Iran(and, one might add, Japan), stories that credibly hypothesize that such attacks originate in the USA and/or Israel, in a word suffused with stories of Anonymous and Gary McKinnon hacking into western corporate and military-intelligence computers, Medvedev is stating clearly and unequivocally that Russia intends to develop a strategic cyber warfare capability able to penetrate and cripple the Western missile defense system.
For the Russians, this is a tit-for-tat response, for they well remember the case of software that had been purchased from the West, software purchased during the height of the INSLAS scandal during the Reagan administration, software that had a back door that literally allowed the USA to shut down a massive Russian pipeline, causing an enormous explosion even visible from outer space(another story, I'm afraid, and one that time does not permit us to get into here).
Note equally what Mr. Medvedev did not say: he didnot say that this capability would be directed against Western economic or corporate targets, but the military target of the West's missile defense system. In other words, it will not be possible for the Western oligarchs to stage a false flag cyber attack on the western financial system, and blame it all on Russia (Stalin, or even Trotsky, would have probably thought such an economic cyber warfare to be a splendid idea).
And there's this:
"Washington will do what it can to assassinate Putin and effect regime change through the Russian "opposition" that Washington funds. Failing that, Washington's pursuit of world hegemony has run up against a brick wall."
This is indeed the problem: Washington's meddling in Russia's internal politics, and backing of a fake "opposition" to Putin, who, in his turn, responds with authoritarian measures simply to maintain an independent Russian voice.
The problem for Washington is, that eventually even their puppet opposition parties in Russia will wake up and realize what Ecuador already has: the unipolar world envisioned by neo-con think tanks in the post-Soviet era USA has little to offer Russia other than what Ecuador and most of South America has already experienced. And the Russian people are not fools: it will probably happen a lot sooner than they think. The western oligarchs will therefore try to capitalize on that fact, and introduce the "vote for the lesser of two evils" philosophy into Russia. The problem is, unlike the American sheeple, the Russians actually can read, and they actually know history.
See you on the flip side.