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Saturday, August 16, 2008


The rushed signing yesterday of a deal between the US and Poland for the US to base ten Interceptor missiles at a base in Poland renders totally transparent the US administrations assertion that the missile defence system is to protect Europe from attack by a nuclear armed Iran.

Over the past year or so the US, together with help from neocon front organisations, has insisted that the missile defence system they want to install in Eastern Europe is to protect the region from the threat of a nuclear armed Iran. Russia has always seen the transparency in this assertion and has objected to the US having their missile defence systems on their doorsteps saying that they are a threat to their own security.

The recent events in Georgia and the resulting stand-off between Russia and the US, culminating in yesterday’s expedited signing of a deal with Poland allowing the missiles to be positioned there, has reinforced Russia’s claims that the placement of the systems in East Europe has nothing to do with threats from Iran and everything to do with the further projection of US hegemony right up to Russia’s doorstep. The talks between Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk were centred against a background of discussion about US pledges to back Warsaw against any Russian aggression with Iran only being mentioned in passing as the Polish government and the US attempted to maintain the fa├žade of the missiles only being for defence against Iran. If that’s the case then why the rush to sign off on the deal?

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the neocons have been behind the push to confrontation with Russia as they realise their War on Terrorism is falling apart in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of being a ‘War on Terrorism’ in these places its becoming clear to the world that, far from being ‘terrorists’, those that are fighting the Americans and their allies are simply wanting their respective nations back. A renewed Cold War with the Russians is just what the US and their allies need at the moment to distract a watching world from the neocons failures everywhere else.

The difference this round, however, is that Russia is not Iraq or Afghanistan. The US, contrary to what they think about themselves, is not the world’s only superpower; Russia can be more than a match for them.

The US should be reminded that they do have weapons of mass destruction and, if their tenacious ability to defend their mother country as displayed during the Second World War is anything to go by, they would be more than willing to use them.

1 comment:

michael said...

I agree. What is a Cold War for ? May i answer ? It is just a mechanism to drain the surplus value from the daily workplace output of the American/Australian/British/UE working people.

The core issue here is that over the last 150yrs the worker output has easily increased 100 fold through the synergistic compounding effects of mechanisation, automation and computerisation.

Those who presume to be our hereditary masters cannot countenance their own demise, which would have been inevitable had not the accumulating surplus value been deliberately squandered on either Hot or Cold Wars - reminds me of bathroom taps :o)

Hot Wars, otherwise known as WW1&2, have been too dangerous to contemplate since Hiroshima & Nagasaki only because our putative Masters of the Universe might get singed, at the very least.

This is why the emerging Cold War Mk 2 is no more dangerous than its predecessor, circa 1949-91; but people forget or do not know that there were a number of hair trigger situations which accidentally arose many times, though not speaking here of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

And if we do not have either Hot Wars or Cold Wars, what happens to our putative Masters of the Universe ? The surplus value increases exponentially, which not even our unbeloved putative Masters of the Universe can hide, with the appalling consequence - for them - that people would work a mere fraction of the hours they now do.

There is just no entertainment which could be devised to keep thus unbounded people distracted in perpetuity, because well before then they would have figured out that they have no pressing need of Masters of the Universe, nor their criminal fiat money scam.