Wednesday, March 26, 2014

World Politics

China Has Russia's Back

Harper continues to mouth off overseas

Released by Betty Krawczyk


think our Western leaders are getting stupider by the hour. They carry on about Russia and what they are going to do to punish Putin for being concerned about Russia’s borders.


It’s as though the West (US and EU) have every right to agitate unrest in Ukraine by siding with neo-fascists and then complain when Putin says no, you (US and EU) are too close to our borders with your planned NATO bases.


You will not encircle us. We will protect our borders from US militarism at all costs. And of course the US is thoroughly offended. As if they would tolerate Russian bases in Mexico or Guatemala.

And the West seems terribly oblivious to the fact that China has Russian’s back. While China has been exceedingly low key (China says little, but carries a very big stick). she has supported Russia in the Crimea and will continue to do so. This is why, in my opinion, there will be no third world war over the overwhelming Crimean vote to rejoin Russia.


I think the breathless news announcements by CBC of how this is on the verge of starting an all-out war because Putin is a monster for defending her borders against a replay of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, and this Russian refusal to be encircled by NATO bases is enough, yes, to start World War Three. The announcers’ sickening apparent enthusiasm for exciting news to report are ignorant beyond belief. The reporting in this area is so unbalanced that the CBC reporting should be classified as a war crime in itself.

And notice how Stephen Harper smiles a gleeful little smile every time he talks about how he was the first head of state to visit the rising fascist government of Ukraine after the people in Crimea voted to rejoin Russia? As far as I know, Harper has been the only head of state so far to visit the Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea.


However, to give Harper credit, he may have been only thinking about Canada. At least the Canadian Tar Sands. As he has facilitated the gutting out of most manufacturing from Canada, and loathes unions, then the Tar sands are about all Canada has left along with low paying service jobs, to employ large numbers of Canadians.


If Russian oil is disrupted from flowing to Europe (EU gets most of its oil and gas from Russia) then Harper can dream of how clean Canadian dirty oil would suddenly become to Europeans. Why, the Tar Sands could sparkle like the sun to Europeans who might get suddenly deprived of Russian oil and gas supplies.


So this makes Harper smile as he boasts of how he has stepped up to the plate and cut off all communications with that blackguard Putin. But I think this is a gross miscalculation on Harper’s part and not worth the votes he is counting on from Ukrainians’ in Canada.

Russia and China have just signed a deal that will see much of Russia’s oil going to China. This will lessen China’s interest in Canada’s tar sands. The US is rapidly becoming oil and gas self- sufficient.


It will take time for the EU to find an adequate replacement for Russia’s oil even if it should decide to do so, and in the meantime, the global economy is faltering. Betting the entire Canadian farm on Alberta’s tar sands is, in my opinion, dumb. And Harper, in thinking the US will appreciate his efforts to play big time bully by cutting off communications with Russia is dumb.


His thinking that the Chinese will turn to Canadian tar sands as their primary source of energy when they are making plans for huge imports of Russian oil is dumb. And trying to agitate for more disruptions in Ukraine by praising the neo-Nazis who care nothing for democracy and freedom of speech is dumb.

For instance the recent beating of the CEO of Ukraine’s national media service

The increasingly hostile situation between Russia and Ukraine has claimed its latest victim, a far-right Svoboda party ideologist.

Shoving, name-calling and taunting Aleksandr Panteleymonov, the politicians forced the media CEO to sign a letter of resignation. Continuing their belligerence, they then posted a video of the incident online.

CEO of Ukraine's national media service. A violent video surfaced earlier this week, revealing several thugs harassing and throwing around Panteleymonov, the acting CEO of Ukraine's National Television Company. The perpetrators? A Ukrainian member of parliament. (end of section of accompanying article to image on RT).

But the West’s dumbest thinking was that China would set still for the US to install NATO bases along Russia’s borders. China has Russia’s back. Neither China nor Russia will tolerate NATO bases on or close to their borders. And China’s big stick includes the fact that they own much of US debt. If things get really sticky China could seriously dislocate the entire Western economy.


This is why the West can’t start bombing Russia the way it does other countries who have oil the West covets. China has Russia’s back. The West and the global bankers are not suicidal. They prefer to continue squeezing wealth out of the working class rather than risking it all by agitating China. There will be no third world war. At least not any time soon.

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