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An Arms Race Won’t Help Ukraine


#1

An Arms Race Won’t Help Ukraine

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Nearly 70 years ago, a group of Manhattan Project scientists, having seen the power of nuclear destruction, created what they called the “Doomsday Clock.” It was a mechanism designed to warn the world of how imminent the threat of global catastrophe was becoming — the closer the clock moved to midnight, the closer we were to doomsday. Last month, the group of Nobel laureates charged with maintaining the clock changed its time to 11:57 p.m., denoting the closest we’ve been to doomsday in more than 30 years.


#2

When neo-con Disaster Capitalists are at the wheel, they will aim at Disasters to
manage or engineer. Since the U.S. grew rich off the fat of rebuilding Europe
after W.W. II, an influential group of sociopaths have set THEIR sights on making
war into the most lucrative of "products." This ilk controls the media, makes a killing
off the sale of ever-improving hardware for war-fare, and uses its profits to purchase
"lawmakers."

With all of THEIR chess pieces in place, manufacturing "consent" for already planned
and invariably deadly imperial "adventures" is a piece of cake, about as easy as convincing
some that merely via the appearance of a "free" press and "free" elections that Democracy
has not already been sold off to the highest bidders.

Still, as is apparent in protest after protest over corporate sin after corporate sin,
the global revolution has begun.


#4

An arms race won't help the Ukraine; but it will definitely help the war profiteers. But what the insane, Frankenstein war mongers do not seem to realize is they are playing Russian, nuclear, roulette in the Ukraine.


#5

I agree. The author seems well intentioned but somewhat naive.

mcp


#6

"the United States continues to stoke tensions with Russia"

Ya think? KVH can't bring herself to admit that it is ObamaCon Wizard of Guile and his gang of warmongering thugs who instigated this entire situation when they overthrew the elected government of the Ukraine and replaced it with the largely Neo-Nazi extremists who now are in control (sort of) there.

Another commenter suggested the author is naive. Nah. She knows exactly what she isn't saying and why. She can't be a shill for the Dems and tell the truth at the same time. The two things are mutually exclusive.

"It defies common sense that the United States is considering such a move, especially when the principal victims of continued violence in the region will be innocent civilians in eastern Ukraine."

And since when does the United State give a rats ass about innocent civilians?


#7

What KVH does not mention is her husband, Professor Stephen Cohen, who is an expert on Russia. He has been very critical of the US policy and very critical of the idea of arming Ukraine. He has appeared numerous times in the past year on Democracy Now.
I agree with you about Obama and that he has caused this whole crisis. Sure, one can get into the nuances about the wording of the Crimean referendum, and what really took place there. (I do have friends who live in Simferopol, they told me what really took place there during the "referendum" and are not pleased about becoming part of Russia). The point is that Yanukovich received a better deal from Putin that would better serve Ukraine and Ukrainians. He decided to pivot away from the EU deal which would have imposed austerity measures. Once this happened, almost at once the protests in the Maidan happened, aided by the US including mercenary groups and snipers killing innocent people. Couple this with the fact that this is all about energy - coal in the Donbas region and oil and gas in the Black Sea. I don't know if you are aware that Hunter Biden was named to the board of some energy company out of Kiev before this all went down. Once again, the US in meddling inside the affairs of another country create a crisis. But then again, the CIA was formed in 1947 not to advise the POTUS, but to advance the desires of the bankers. Dulles, the first director of the CIA was a banker. This is why the US has not "won" a war since the end of WWII. There is money to be made in wars and to end them is simply not profitable to the banks and the companies providing the materiel. As Gen. Samuel Butler said, "War is a racket".


#9

What about the Budapest memorandum which the US, UK and Russia signed in 1994. From Wikipedia: "the memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine as well as those of Belarus and Kazakhstan. As a result Ukraine gave up the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile between 1994 and 1996,[2][3] of which Ukraine had physical though not operational control." This author is asking the US to no longer honor it's treaty agreements?