The issue at the heart of the present U.S.-Russia showdown is not Ukraine, but the need to move to a new security architecture, one which not only guarantees Russia's security, but that of every nation. The Russians have been clear on this. It's the response from the War Hawks in the West that has deliberately muddied things, putting the world into a moment of tension not experienced since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Will war begin tomorrow, as some in U.S. intelligence are insisting? Or is this a bluff, another fake narrative, which will allow the war hawks to proclaim victory if there is no war?
The pathetic attempt by UK Foreign Minister Truss to imitate her model, Margaret Thatcher, in her confrontation with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, fell flat, as she came off looking like an ill-prepared buffoon. At the same time, the French and Germans saw in a Normandy Four meeting in Berlin, that the Russians are right, that it is Ukraine -- NOT Russia -- that is blocking the fulfillment of the Minsk Accords. And the EU's version of a Green Build Back Better plan was hit by a blow from Senegal's President, who said Africans are more concerned about having electricity than in meeting the COP 26 agreement's demands on hydrocarbons.
A coordinated diplomatic effort by French President Macron and German Chancellor Scholz to resolve tensions with Russia over security guarantees shows some promise. Unfortunately, the war hawks making policy for the U.S. and U.K. continue to spread through compliant media their false narrative of an "imminent" Russian invasion, and a buildup of NATO forces at or near the borders of Russia. What are they covering up with their incessant campaign of bluff and bluster?
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The desperation evident in the succession of increasingly blatant lies, coming from Anglo-American spokesmen about an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine, demonstrates that they know their attempt to dictate the shape of the post-Cold War world is reaching an end. Each day, a new fabrication is produced, while in the background, a new Russian-China alliance has been cemented, calling for a new global security architecture which protects the interests of people in all nations. The issue of war or peace has never been so clear -- can the Anglo-American war drive be stopped?