Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking the unthinkable again: Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia? -The Nation editors

As Israel ruthlessly executes its murderous mission in Gaza, America is busy penalizing Russia, a rather curious coincidence. As a 'reputed' Ukrainian journalist calls for extermination of 1.5 millions of people in Donbass, the mainstream media is busy depicting Kiev as the naive and innocent victim of the evil designs of a monster named Putin.

After an insightful article by The Saker with similar theme, here  I share another article from The Nation, a publication rather away from the mainstream media. Here the authors say the things that are obvious to a skeptical eye yet are completely blacked out by the mainstream media. The central theme of the article is that far from being a megalomaniac and even a belligerent bully, Putin has been forced to react the way he has been doing.

Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?

Indeed, Kiev cannot wage this war on its own citizens—a UN spokesperson says nearly 5,000 civilians have been killed or wounded, which may constitute war crimes—without the Obama administration’s political, economic and military support. Having also created hundreds of thousands of fleeing refugees, Ukraine is bankrupt, its industrial infrastructure damaged, and it is in political disarray, using ultranationalist militias and conscripting men up to 60 years of age.
All of this is unfolding in the context of Washington’s misleading narrative, amplified by the mainstream media, that the Ukrainian crisis has been caused entirely by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “aggression.” In reality, his role has been mostly reactive.

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