by Moti Nissani
February 3, 2016
Moti Nissani is
professor emeritus, Wayne State University,
interdisciplinarian, and compiler of
Alexander Zinoviev's Self-Portrait: Thinking is Painful
after the painful truth
has become the fate
of exceptionally rare loners."
Russia and the USA:
Competing for Turf?
Apart from the mainstream portrayal of Russia as a ruthless
expansionist dictatorship (a portrayal too ludicrous to merit
attention here), most awake commentators fall into one of two camps.
Members of the first camp believe that the realization of a better
world depends on Russia's success in its efforts to reform itself,
maintain its independence, and contain American ambitions.
Members of the second camp believe that the Russo-American
confrontation is of no significance to the long-term future of
humanity either because that conflict is being engineered by the
people who control both nations, or because both sides to the
"criminal networks that use brutality and violence to
enforce their control over given areas and to terrorize others."
Neither camp, to my knowledge, provides a fact-based bird's-eye view
of this topic.
The present article attempts to close this gap,
thereby enabling readers to form their own opinion.
concludes with my own tentative attempt to resolve the dispute
between these two camps, arguing that both are partially in the
right - and partially in the wrong.
Two opposing views of the Russo/American Conflict
I've been studying Russian
history and culture most of my
never as avidly as now.
My main reason for this more intense
preoccupation is similar to that of
"When I visit a barbershop in Beirut or Amman, and am asked
are you from?' (It used to be a painfully confusing and complex
question to answer, just a few years ago), I now simply reply: "Russia,"
and people come and hug me and say, 'Thank you.'
"It is not because Russia is
perfect. It is not perfect-as no country on Earth could or
But it is because it is standing
once more against the Empire, and the Empire has brought so many
horrors, so much humiliation, to so many people; to billions of
people around the world... and to them, to so many of them,
anyone who is standing against the Empire, is a hero.
This I heard recently, first hand,
from people in Eritrea, China, Russia, Palestine, Ecuador, Cuba,
Venezuela, and South Africa, to name just a few places."
Such sentiments are shared, at least in
part, by many other commentators, including
F. William Engdahl, the
In sharp contrast to such favorable
views of Russia, there are those who compare the Russo-American
struggle to the fake Democratic-Republican contest of American
"We have been conditioned our entire lives to expect that anything
that opposes a demonstrably evil entity must itself be good...
But when it comes to the machinations of global geopolitics, this is
completely the wrong lens through which to understand what is
happening. Much more to the point would be the metaphor of rival
gangs competing for territory.
It is not the case that the Bloods
are the 'good guys' and the Crips the 'bad guys' or vice versa; they
are both criminal networks that use brutality and violence to
enforce their control over given areas and to terrorize others.
"Similarly, if we understand that rivalries between various
international organizations (to the extent that they exist at all)
are really only battles between gangsters for control over the
global turf, we can more clearly understand that it is not a
question of choosing sides in the struggle, but opposing the very
ideologies of centralized, hierarchical control that make these
"If what we are combating is, as I posit, essentially two (or more)
gangs competing for turf, then it is self-evident that we gain
nothing from supporting one gang over another other than the vague
hope that the other gang will treat us more kindly.
"The real solution to centralized, hierarchical international
institutions created by and for the interests of the oligarchical
elite are decentralized, non-hierarchical relations created by and
for the grassroots."
Brandon Smith goes even
farther, claiming that both criminal networks are controlled by a
criminal network of bankers.
These bankers are
engineering a potentially deadly conflict between their two (or
three, if one includes China) networks, in order to enslave
Thus, Smith is plausibly perplexed by people who are,
awake and aware of the false left/right paradigm while remaining
astonishingly naïve and short sighted when it comes to the false
There are no 'sides' in any modern conflict,
only proxies fighting on a global chessboard controlled by
War is meant to forcefully change the
'inertia' of civilization, and thus, forcefully change the
direction of civilization in a manner that benefits the
engineers of the conflict..."
Elsewhere, Smith says:
"Russia and the U.S. are nothing but
false champions dueling in a fake gladiator match paid for by
The most frightening aspect of the
false paradigm between East and West is the potential it creates
for the co-option of liberty proponents here in America...
There is no nation out there in the
ether of central banking that is going to help us. The sooner we
come to terms with the reality that we are on our own, the
stronger we will be when the fight begins."
Such conflicting views (e.g., Vitchek
vs. Corbett) raise two sets of questions.
First, is the USA controlled by a
criminal gang? The answer, as we shortly illustrate and as anyone
thinking for herself can immediately see, is a resounding YES.
Second, should we, the people who
believe in environmental stewardship, social justice, peace,
spirituality, common decencies, and freedom, throw our support
behind Russia, or should we treat the current Russo-American
conflict as nothing more than either a larger-scale turf war between
criminal outfits or perhaps a phony fight between bankers'
marionettes? Should we look to Russia and ourselves to solve the
world's problems, or only to ourselves?
The bulk of this article attempts to
address this second, complex, set of questions.
lamentably but unavoidably, is multifaceted, long, and ambivalent.
If reading such an exposition requires more time or patience than
you have, you might wish to only read the last two sections ("The
Balance Sheet" and "The Russian Phoenix - Hope or Illusion?").
Alternatively, you might wish to click
this link and listen to a
conversation on the same topic at Jeff J. Brown's China
The USA is Controlled by a Criminal Gang
The question is, if they [American government] would do this... if they would feed radioactive oatmeal to helpless children and lie
to them and their parents about it for years... well
gee, is there anything they wouldn't do?
Melissa Dykes, 2016
"The US government is the most
complete criminal organization in human history."
Craig Roberts (senior official in the Reagan Administration),
"We live on a planet
well able to provide a decent life for every soul on it, which is
all ninety-nine of a hundred human beings ask. Why in the world
can't we have it?"
Jack Finney, 1970
America is controlled by a criminal gang
whose ultimate goal is, apparently, to empower and enrich itself
while impoverishing and enslaving everyone else.
Here are a few
typical examples showing that American policies at home and abroad
are exploitative, self-destructive, and utterly devoid of morality:
The USA is secure from foreign conquests - and yet it spends over
$1,000,000,000,000 on the
monstrosity of conquest (the official number, which is roughly
half that figure, is a
That is, the USA alone spends more on wars of
aggression than all the nations of the world combined spend on
attacking others or defending themselves!
The USA likewise has one
war procurements establishments in the world, and a collection
of overseas military garrisons "unprecedented
stated attempt to rule the world by force is clearly a crime
against humanity, for it causes millions of deaths, billions of
partially fulfilled lives, and environmental destruction.
The other side of this massive
gangsterism is opportunity costs.
Buckminster Fuller, for example,
showed that humanity could,
"take care of everybody on Earth at a
higher standard of living than any have ever known",
shifting less than half of the military budget to such things as
food, education, and shelter.
"Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the
Syria provides one
heart-rending example of America's
psychopathic strategy of,
the world, one country at a time."
Since economic blackmail and
assassinations failed to shake Syria from its independent path,
relying on a few of its viciously theocratic allies in the
trained, supplied, funded, and unleashed upon Syria a barbarian
horde of mercenaries.
This was preceded by decades-long,
well-funded, indoctrination of these would-be mercenaries with
Wahhabism - an ideology that has little to do with genuine Islam and
everything to do with the Houses of Rothschild's, Rockefeller's, and
Saud's dictatorial and imperial aspirations.
Against all odds, the
Syrians are valiantly resisting, and so far they have not paid the
awful price paid by such victims of America's imperialist designs as
Indonesia, Mexico, Iraq, or Libya.
Since 2011, America's colonial
war in Syria
has been carried out in part in cooperation with
such human rights "guardians"
as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and an
assortment of genocidal zombies.
That war led to the death of
some 2% of the population,
the wounding of a few more percent,
displacement of 50%, and irreversible traumas to 99%.
Vietnam, and scores of other
countries, this genocide involves an outright rejection of
the West's 'democratic' allies.
They refuse to allow what Assad and
Putin have been insisting upon: a Syrian Presidential election that
will be internationally monitored, and not concluded unless and
until the international monitors announce that the results were not
produced by fraud.
that the West refuses a democratic determination of the matter is
that even the polling that has been done in Syria by Western polling
firms consistently shows that Assad would win any democratic
election in Syria overwhelmingly.
reason Assad would win is obvious: the U.S fostered this war at
least from the moment that Barack Obama became America's
President, and most Syrians blame the U.S. and ISIS, not
Assad, for their misery. And so, they loathe America.
They know that America leads this invasion, from behind the
What the Invisible Government
Syria in 4 years
Multiply this atrocity a
thousand times, with variations, and
you get the picture.
Genocide, deceit, hypocrisy, lawlessness,
exploitation, fascism, and heartlessness lie at the core of
America's overseas behavior.
From the colonization of America itself,
to slavery, to,
... since 1694 one rule defines
British and American foreign
"and this rule is that there are no rules."
The vicious brilliance of America's rulers at times defies belief.
assassinations, the new
Gladio conspiracy, extensive wiretapping and blackmail of who's
who in Europe, economic warfare (e.g., the recent
"scandal," following an earlier
"scandal"), and control of the banks, corporations, media,
and intelligence services of Western and central Europe, even
that once-independent half-continent is now a submissive colony
of the USA.
In the words of
level of abjection passes belief."
"The promise was that when the
glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what
happens instead is that, when the glass is full, it magically gets
bigger - nothing ever comes out for the poor."
Sadly, owing in part to the 1990s disastrous collapse of the USSR,
America's real rulers accelerated their war against their own
people, again playing by their favorite "anything goes" rule.
They have acquired vastly more power and
relegating the American Constitution into a
meaningless piece of paper
applied the lessons they have learned
Gladio Conspiracy to their contrived
war on terror
assassinated or brutally tortured their real and
stole so much from so many to the point that
America's 20 wealthiest people now own more wealth than the bottom
half of the
American population combined
elevated self-serving mendacity to an art form
conducted a phony
war on drugs
used these very drugs and an utterly broken justice
system to turn the USA into an incarceration nation in which
jailers enjoy a de facto
license to kill
destroyed American industry, and converted a
once-rich country to the "most
nation in history"
As a final example, take Michigan.
bribery of federal officials led to the abolition of tariffs on
the imports of vehicles into the USA, thus enabling Michigan's car
manufacturers to move their factories overseas.
migration in turn caused massive unemployment and underemployment in
To prevent violent uprisings, besides controlling the
mainstream churches, schools, and media, the Invisible Government
deliberately initiated and sustained a prescription and illegal
drugs dependence epidemic.
One must live for a while in Motown
the richest city in the Union - to really
assimilate its decline.
Through no fault of their own, countless
Detroiters have been reduced to welfare, homelessness, hopelessness,
or extreme poverty. In winter, one may see people standing outdoors,
staying warm by huddling around a pile of burning tires.
And, as in
like Greece, the bankers even let go of the pretense of
democracy - Detroit is administered by criminal poverty enforcers
indirectly nominated by the bankers.
The mandate of these enforcers is
Hand everything of value to their bosses and their cronies,
and rob the people of the little dignity and possessions they might
It's a crass class war, a textbook example of the
Water, a basic human
right, provides one macabre example
of the bankers' shock doctrine.
As part of the austerity regime,
thousands of people who cannot afford to pay for their
water - including Detroiters living within sight of the mighty Detroit
River - must do
without running water in their homes.
But those 9,000 and counting Detroiters
are lucky. In Flint, a sister city to the north which suffered an
almost identical fate of job losses and induced helplessness, the
class war has led to the deliberate poisoning of the majority.
And no, we are not talking here about
treacherous addition of fluoride to the drinking water of
middle-class and poor Americans, where we only need mention in
passing that fluoride is a waste product that does not prevent tooth
decay but does
"bone cancer in boys, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hip
fractures and lower IQ in children."
In Flint, the bankers resorted
to an additional, older, trick of biological warfare. That trick is
lead, as in Arsenic and Old Lead.
In April 2014, the austerity enforcer
switched Flint's water supply from the moderately-unsafe Detroit
water system to the industrial
cesspool otherwise known as the
unhealthy witch's brew imbibed by the disempowered, unsuspecting,
televised, and fluoridized poor inhabitants of Flint, this decision
indirectly caused the "doubling or even tripling" of lead levels in
Both the governor of the state and the
EPA (Environmental Plundering
Agency) were fully aware of the problem in advance, but felt
that it was worth harming and dumbing down tens of thousands to save
In reality, the actions of these agents
of the Invisible Government have little to do with saving $36,500 a
year - and everything to do with this:
"In five years, these kids are going to have problems with
special education. They're going to have cognition problems.
Seven to 10 years, they're going to have behavioral
These youngsters might, in other words,
make obedient welfare recipients, inmates of "schools" and prisons,
McDonald dishwashers, drug addicts - but pathetic revolutionaries.
If you have any doubts that the real
goal is poisoning children, not saving a miserly $36,500 a year,
That same criminal Michigan
"governor" behind the Detroit
and Flint water warfare, gave,
"away billions of dollars in tax
credits to major corporations and blown a huge hole in his budget"
while simultaneously squeezing additional $900 million from average
One can go on forever wading through the
sewer that still calls itself the American government.
and always, there are lies, propaganda, dumbing down, corruption,
theft, exploitation, poisoning, brutalization, and vicious class
Thankfully, in this article we have
other sturgeon to fry and will merely sum the above random sampler
with the following words:
As far as the USA and the West are
concerned, James Corbett hit the nail on the head: The American
government is a criminal network.
But Corbett sees no fundamental
distinction between America and Russia.
Hence the question:
Russian Federation a criminal network too?
Background Information - The Russian Catastroika
"Will we continue looting and destroying Russia until nothing is
Before evaluating Russia, we need to
look back at some of the horrors visited on the Russian people by
America's rulers and their handpicked Russian quislings.
In the 1990s, America's de facto
occupation of Russia sank that once-powerful country into,
poverty, criminality, corruption, assassinations, organized crime
activities, and social discord.
Washington and its quislings were
running - and ruining - the country, controlling every aspect of life,
including mainstream information sources.
For instance, in 1993
Yeltsin attacked the Russian parliament with tanks for daring to
protect the interests of the Russian people, and in 1998 most
Russian banks went bankrupt.
Here is how one historian described the
aftermath of the Soviet collapse in just one satellite
"Today Romania is a dumping ground
for foreign goods. In the last 20 years, national industry has
completely disappeared, and strategic sectors have been sold to
Salaries have been cut back,
unemployment is rising, drugs and prostitution are spreading.
Today Romanians consider December 1989 not as a victory of
democracy over dictatorship but as a tragedy and a mistake."
Washington also revved up its
preparations for further disintegrating the Russian Federation,
engineering rebellions inside that Federation itself.
also broke a promise not to expand NATO to previous members of the
Warsaw Pact, and encroached on the very borders of the Russian
Much of this
changed for the better when
Putin assumed the presidency.
Does Russia Provide a Meaningful
Alternative to America's
"[The men of the Invisible
Government] would continue to grow in strength, until they had
the whole silly world, the whole credulous world, the whole
ingenuous world, in their hands.
Anyone who would challenge them,
attempt to expose them, show them unconcealed and naked, would
be murdered, laughed at, called mad, ignored, or denounced as a
Taylor Caldwell, 1972
and the Kings)
To approach this topic, we must look at
the record of the Russian government from a variety of angles.
I. The Russian Phoenix Rises
Did Boris Yeltsin deliberately save
Russia from the Invisible Government?
Shown here: "Boris Yeltsin and
Vladimir Putin at the ceremony
marking Putin's inauguration as
president in May 2000."
On his deathbed, Yeltsin must have
realized the extent of his and Gorbachev's folly:
"Take care of
Putin obliged, starting by,
nursing the collapsed Russian economy back to
health from 1999 to 2007," ushering (according to
his presstitute enemies)
"a period of unprecedented prosperity."
Here are a few examples of the
remarkable economic and social transformation of Russia in the last
percentage of people living below the poverty line went from
29%, in 2000, when Putin became President and Washington's power
over Moscow's diminished, to 11% by 2013.
By October 2015, the Russian government
"finalizing a bill which will
give an opportunity to every Russian citizen to obtain one
hectare of land, or a maximum of five hectares for a family
of five, in the Russian Far East for free."
Homicides declined from '19 per 100,000'
in 2004 to '9' in 2012 (but they are still about twice the American
of 5.2 and 18 times the Swiss rate).
This reduction was made
possible, in part, by,
upgrading the quality of the police force
curbing the powers of US-manufactured oligarchs
corruption, and destitution
fighting organized crime
the activities of CIA and Saudi-supported Wahhabi terrorists
Russia returned to the people some of
their stolen wealth, e.g., ownership of national resources such as
oil and gas.
Thus, instead of letting Western corporations and their
local stooges become the principal beneficiaries of Russia's vast
natural resources (as is the case in all Western "success" stories,
e.g., Ukraine, Mexico, Iraq...), some of the benefits, at least,
accrue now to the rightful owners - the Russian people themselves.
Life expectancy climbed from 65 to 70
The shipbuilding, aerospace, and auto
industries partially recovered, made possible in part by
reorganization, state guidance, and protective tariffs.
Production and exports of fossil and
hydroelectric energy resources improved.
A key mechanism of weakening Russia in
the 1990s involved the destruction of its industry and agriculture.
The objective was simple:
convert a literate, creative nation to the
level of Saudi Arabia or Ghana - countries that have been reduced to
exporters of raw materials or a few cash crops.
depend on the Invisible Government for their very existence and can
be, at the moment they defy Wall Street, readily destroyed via
rigging of markets and economic
Although much yet remains to be done, Russia has taken
a few tentative steps on the road to self-sufficiency.
Here is one
example of this developing strategy, as explained by
"We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our
lands, water resources.
Russia is able to become the largest world
supplier of healthy,
ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western
producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for
such products in the world market is steadily growing...
years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were
dependent on imports. Now Russia is among the exporters.
Last year, Russian exports of
agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion - a quarter
more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the
revenue coming from gas exports."
Russia successfully derailed
CIA-instigated "rebellions" in Chechnya and Moscow.
Russia legally and peacefully
repatriated Crimea, thereby forestalling Washington's plans of Nazifying and enslaving Crimeans (ethnic Russians for the most part)
and dismantling Russia's all-important naval base in Sevastopol.
Russia revitalized and modernized its
military, to the point, perhaps, of regaining the ability to check
Washington's plans of trampling under foot every country on earth.
The advances in the military field have been so rapid and striking
as to lead some knowledgeable
observers to the (almost certainly mistaken) view,
"that Russia has now become the
world's leading military power."
Advances have been made in such symbolic
areas as sports too, partially restoring the remarkable achievements
of the USSR:
"The Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 were a triumph for
In Sochi, Russia had also received more medals than any
Likewise, and despite Washington's Machiavellian
torpedo this, Russia is expected to host the world soccer cup in
2018. Obviously then, Putin and his team
uplifted the Russian nation and the quality of life for the majority
of its citizens.
As a result, as of June 2015,
Putin enjoyed a
popularity rating of 87%! (Obama:
Also, by 2014, 64% of Russians
trusted their government (a 27% improvement from 2007)
Such numbers are especially striking
when compared to Americans' attitude towards their own government.
Thus, according to one
source, only 35% of Americans trusted their government.
source gives the following late 2015 figures:
only 18% of
registered American voters were content with their government, while
82% were frustrated or angry, of which 27% viewed the American
government as their enemy.
Similarly, 81% of
Russians also had a negative view of the United States.
Is the Russian phoenix
rising once more
from the ashes?
II. Restoring Multipolarity?
"Russia's entry to the side of the Syrian government has great
potential for finally stopping the US from treating the world as
a stepping-stone to unchallenged global hegemony."
Peterson and B. J. Sabri, 2016
"Washington doesn't care about peoples' dreams or aspirations.
What they care about is ruling the world with an iron fist,
which is precisely what they intend to do for the next century
or so unless someone stops them.
Putin's actions, however
admirable, have not yet changed that basic dynamic."
According to the CIA
"During the Clinton administration, the United States pushed
hard to expand NATO, breaking a critical promise to Russia not
to threaten its sphere of influence.
George W. Bush administration, there were more missteps,
especially the U.S. walking away from the Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty, causing irreparable harm to the countries' fragile
By 2007, these extreme provocations, the
earlier looting of Russia, its ongoing encirclement, a series of
regime change attempts
involving Central Institute of Assassination (CIA) agents
snipers, and American nuclear brinkmanship, finally forced the
Russian bear to begin to see that it was being maneuvered into a
and more we witness the flouting of the basic principles of
international law... The United States is overstepping its
national borders in every field: in economics, in politics, even
in the humanitarian sphere...
this, of course, is very dangerous...
Russia is a country with a
history that spans more than a thousand years and has
practically always had the privilege of carrying out an
independent foreign policy.
not going to change this tradition today."
Gilbert Doctorow cogently explains Russia's subsequent actions:
may suppose that the purpose is not to touch off or accelerate
an arms race but, on the contrary, to bring the other side to
its senses and persuade it of,
Russia's seriousness about
defending militarily what it sees as vital national
its ability to deliver
massive destruction to an enemy even in the face of a
possible first nuclear strike, and so to reinstate the
Mutually Assured Destruction deterrence that America's
global missile defense was supposed to cancel out...
has set down certain red lines, such as against NATO expansion
into Ukraine or Georgia over which it will fight to the death
using all its resources.
ignore these messages at our peril."
carrying a fake
missile with the inscription:
"An Obama Special."
Russia's actions in recent years appear
consistent with the setting down of such red lines, most
conspicuously in Abkhazia and Ossetia, Crimea, and Syria.
contrast, earlier, while Russia was weaker, it watched in silence
while the USA attacked Russia's allies Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya.
Russia's efforts to escape imperial
tyranny are not confined to itself or Syria. Every country that
wishes to escape servitude to America's invisible rulers owes its
continued existence, in some part, to Russia.
Here for instance is
Ambassador to Russia:
Russia and China are... continuing to oppose the illegal
sanctions the West has imposed on us - a blatant attempt to change
an elected government by crippling our economy in the hope that
the masses would rise up against it."
So much for Russian actions which can be
best seen as a determined policy to restore its national
independence and the more civilized multipolar world that existed
And yet, as with so many aspects of the Russian
paradox, there is another side to this story too.
To begin with, when it comes to Western
coups d'état and other violations of international laws, Russia's
actions are often characterized by puzzling timidity.
Ukraine for instance, a country inhabited for the most part by
Slavs, who either speak Russian or a Russian dialect, use the same
alphabet, have always been linked to Russia through family and
economic ties, and have traditionally been affiliated with the
In the 1990s, Russia granted the fictional country of
Ukraine independence, but the ties uniting the two countries
The CIA then proceeded to break these ties, a project that
took decades to accomplish - while the Russians inexplicably stood
aside and looked! The CIA then ordered the massacre of ethnic
Russians in the East who democratically chose to secede from
Here too, Russia provided the secessionists some help, but
refused to support independence or annexation - so the needless
carnage and oppression of Russians living in modern-day Ukraine
continues to this very day.
But such examples are the tip of the
timidity iceberg, for Russia enigmatically eschews cheaper, more
effective, and less painful measures than its Syrian campaign. This
avoidance again casts doubts on the Russian government's commitment
to a multipolar world.
Michael Hudson and
others underscore the fact that the USA has consistent, massive,
balance of payments deficits with such countries as Russia, China,
Financialized and de-industrialized America buys real
goods from them and pays by running its printing press.
Consequently, such countries accumulate the digital equivalents of
billions or trillions of dollars.
They then use a good part of this money
to buy U.S. treasury bonds. The net result of this convoluted,
scarcely credible, process is straightforward:
By financing the U.S.
military and economy, these countries empower their own oppression.
One can understand why nations like
Japan or Germany would engage in such self-destructive behavior,
given the presence of American garrisons in their lands and the
presence of thousands of bribed fifth columnists and bootlickers in
their media, economy, armed forces, and assassination squads.
Why would Russia and China, now fighting for their very survival,
support their own military encirclement?
Do they really believe that they can
that ongoing war by small, painfully slow, steps?
Do they really believe, in other
words, that turtles can outrun hares?
Why do they indirectly finance
the construction of the hundreds and hundreds of nuclear
bombs that one day might totally and irrevocably turn Moscow
or Beijing into a fate worse than nothingness (already in
the 1950s, "there
were 179 'designated ground zeros' for atomic bombs in Moscow"
Why do they finance America's economic sanctions against
Why don't they only accept payments for anything they sell in
gold, silver, or their own national currencies?
Why don't they turn
their enemies' world upside down by linking their currencies to
silver or gold or by resolutely stopping the rigging of the interest
Why don't the Russians, for that matter,
invest a few billion dollars to stop, once and for all, the rigging
of the silver market by their paper-shuffling enemies?
They can thus
gain billions and cause incalculable harm to the dollar and the
Western banking system (at today's rigged prices, all the silver in
world is only worth about $14 billion and can be manipulated up
or down by just one of Russia's top oligarchs - let alone the Russian
If they are serious about their national
independence, why do they always react to Western actions, instead
of proactively checkmating their enemies?
This is worth repeating:
Russia is financing its own
encirclement and the ongoing attacks on its economy and
Apart from its actions to save Crimea
and Syria and a few other places, the Russian government is doing
precious little to undermine the new civilization that America has
the entire world is economically enslaved to the United States," and
where the USA smashes to smithereens any country that refuses to
hand over its economic surplus.
It should be underscored that the
failure so far to undermine the dollar cannot be traced to
One of Putin's economic advisors, for instance,
"set of counter-measures specifically targeting the
core strength of the US war machine, i.e., the FED's printing
Russia is likewise taking some tentative steps in this
crucial de-dollarization campaign.
But again, as in most instances
of Russia's efforts to save itself and to improve the lives of its
taken so far are slow and incongruous.
III. Information Liberation?
The Invisible Government's power at home
and abroad partially depends on its brilliant propaganda.
almost all mainstream information coming out of the West - movies,
books, TV, radio, newspapers, government pronouncements, schools at
all levels, think tanks - has very little to do with truth or reality
and everything to do with advancing the agenda of the Invisible
Government that rules the USA and its colonies.
That power defies belief.
"Our every action is a battle cry... for the alliance of
the world's people's against the great enemy of humanity:
States of America."
This is the ABC of international relations, the
guiding light of decent and informed people everywhere.
And yet, I've lived and traveled in
scores of countries that have been laid to waste by the USA - and most
of the people I interacted with looked up to America as the City on
They play and dance to its music - whose lyrics they often
don't understand and whose melodies are no better than their own.
They watch US/UK imbecile TV series, sport teams, and commercials,
and read their "bestsellers." They adore imperial agents intent on
robbing and enslaving them and revile their own champions.
All this and more is a testimony to the
brilliance of the Invisible Government's soft power (and to the
vulnerability of most people to crass propaganda).
Over the last few years, Russia has
taken some steps to counteract that power - impressive enough for
British censors to
threaten Russia Today with "sanctions."
Likewise, in 2014, Russia wisely
"law limiting foreign ownership of
useful but at the same time disgracefully pro-imperial information
source - provides one example of the CIA's masterful monopolization of
most mass information outlets.
Russia knows this and
plans to create its own online encyclopedia.
But again, Russia's infowars gambits do
not go far enough.
To begin with, many Russian television
outlets - sadly the most influential information dissemination
source - are owned directly or indirectly by the state. Thus, in Russia as in
the Western world, TV is often government by another name.
As well, even though Russia has been
fighting for survival for at least two centuries, and even though
the USA now is waging hybrid warfare against it, state-connected
Russian media often
treat American pronouncements on a variety of topics as the
They timidly defend themselves from Western mendacities and
smears, but they often enigmatically refuse to employ their best
weapon: revealing outright American criminality at home and abroad.
For instance, Russian mainstream media
do not often mention Operation Gladio, nor do they bother
to inform their readers that the American government's versions of
the "war on terror" or the assassinations of,
the Kennedy clan,
Martin Luther King, Princess Diana, Dr. Kelly, or Gary Webb,
Additionally, there are such
fifth-column media as the Moscow Times.
Here is Israel
describing such media - as well as the scandalous behavior of
imagine Fox TV transmitting Russian propaganda?
In Russia, a major
chunk of Russian media, state-owned or authorized by the taxpayer,
transmits pro-Western and anti-Russian agenda, alleged the eminent
film director Nikita Michalkov, a staunch supporter of Putin, in his
seen by over two million viewers in a few days.
called upon Putin to assert his line and banish the enemies
within, but state TV refused to broadcast the video."
To sum up:
In the last 15 years there
have been some improvements in presenting the Russian government's
position to the world and limiting the power of CIA- and
But in reality, the Russian government
betrays democratic ideals by monopolizing TV (instead of handing
most of it to genuine grassroots organizations).
At the same time, some mainstream
Russian media are still indirectly owned by hostile foreigners and
their agents. And state-owned, independent, and private media are
still afraid to tell the people of Russia and the world ugly truths
about the West and Russia, still try to curry favor with Washington
and the bankers who control it, still champion at times CIA
It is hard to reconcile such ambivalence with the view
that the Russian government serves the interests of the Russian
people - or of humanity.
IV. Environment: Russia is Just as Recklessly Suicidal as America
"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given
year might be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a
near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years."
Scream of the Earth
(sculpture in the
Carved Forest of El Bolsón, Río Negro, Argentina)
The most critical issue facing humanity
Elsewhere I cataloged the numerous tipping points and argued
that - given humanity reckless tendency to foul its own nest, its
propensity to employ any technology regardless of its
destructiveness, and the speed at which new technologies are
invented - that the probability of human extinction within the next
200 hundred years might exceed 90%.
If so, everything - even such
precious things as freedom, real democracy, justice, peace, space
conquest, search for truth, or spirituality - pale into insignificance
when placed side by side with environmental policies.
When it comes to the environment, the
USA, as one might expect, gets a straight grade of F - and so does
Here is a sampler of Russian environmental policies:
These comprise the
only sustainable spot I could find.
Russia will no longer import
dangerous GMO products,
Americans like to eat GMO products, let them... We don't need to do
that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce
can only wait till the day, wait and apportion our shame.
the dykes our fathers left, but we would not look to the same.
again were we warned of the dykes, time and again we delayed:
may fall, we have slain our sons, as our fathers we have
Earth's climate is extremely
So, even with the best available models, temperature measurements,
and other data, we can only make probability statements.
It is also
true that science now is often the maidservant of the Invisible
Government - rather than the truth - and so the scientific consensus
about climate change might be fraudulent.
It is certainly true that,
after decades of
suppressing the truth, the bankers are about to substitute
money-making schemes for real actions, thereby cleverly derailing
genuine environmental struggles.
sculpture, popularly nicknamed
discussing global warming."
And yet, my own decades-long holistic
of environmental politics leads me to believe that the chances of
catastrophic climate disruptions before the year 2115 exceed 70%.
But let us humor climate "skeptics" and assume that the chance of a
catastrophe is "only" 7%. Should we take that chance?
The answer is:
of course not: We should
never risk humanity's future.
Moreover, there is absolutely no reason
to gamble with that future. We can solve or curtail the prospects of
climate disruptions - and at the same time significantly improve our
health, wealth, and prospects of survival.
Here are just two
We know how to make cars that would be just as good as
current cars, but that would be at least four times as
fuel-efficient - and we likewise know how to make alcohol.
The only problem with such steps is that
they would harm the bottom line of both American and Russian oil and
gas companies. And so, on this issue, at least, the madmen in charge
of this planet are in accord.
Jim Hansen, the late 2015 Paris
climate change agreement is
"lack of political will in
Russia to address climate change."
By 1980 I decided to move from
smog-filled Irvine to another California location, setting my sights
first on the town of Eureka.
But, once I noticed the presence of a
nuclear power plant nearby, I moved to Oregon. I did so because the
horrors of nuclear power were evident by then.
In 1977, for example,
Ralph Nader and John Abbot wrote (The Menace of Atomic Energy):
"What technology has had the potential for both inadvertent
and willful mass destruction... for wiping out cities and
contaminating states after an accident, a natural calamity,
What technology has been so unnecessary, so avoidable by
simple thrift or by deployment of renewable energy
Fukushima tomatoes, coming, one of these
days, to a garden in your neighborhood.
It's freakish tomatoes
now - and sick humans, lots more sick humans, now and later.
power is beloved by both the Russian and American governments
because of its electricity-generating capacity, which, in the long
run, is less than zero.
They love its connection to nuclear bombs,
profits, and aura of sophistication.
Nuclear power is also a measure
of the scientific ignorance of a country's leaders,
corruptibility, or their psychopathic tendencies
(the "after-me-the-deluge" mindset).
the long run,
nuclear power is probably not a net generator of electricity and
it is not, on its own, economically viable (and even if it were,
do we really need to split the atom to boil water?).
It was created thanks to massive
government subsidies to begin with.
Moreover, it now exists thanks to
government largesse (e.g., since no insurance company in its
right mind would insure nuclear power reactors, the nuclear
industry says it will build them only if the taxpayers
for future accidents.")
Two of the three most devastating
nuclear power accidents took place in the former Soviet Union, even
though that Union had ample fossil fuels and renewable energy
Moreover, if anyone had any doubts about nuclear power,
horrors of Fukushima (the worst is yet to become apparent)
should have settled the issue.
And if Fukushima was not enough, we
must now cross our fingers that collapsing Ukraine with its 19
nuclear power plants will not be visited soon by yet
Russia's rulers should know all this,
and yet they are hell bent on creating a lot more of these
Frankenstein Monsters for domestic use (one new plant every
year from now till 2028) and for exports (29 or
- but see
to a disheartening 37% of the "civil nuclear facilities under
"Russian oil industry spills more than
30 million barrels on land each year - seven times the amount that
escaped during the Deepwater Horizon disaster - often under a veil
of secrecy and corruption.
And every 18 months, more than four
million barrels spews into the Arctic Ocean, where it becomes
V. Real Democracy - No Meaningful
Difference between Russia and America
class of people - sociopaths - are now fully in control of major
Most people readily condemn dictatorial
and totalitarian regimes but approve of representative
True, such "democracies" might now and then serve the
cause of liberty or justice - as they did at times in the American
republic during Jefferson's presidency. But such "democracies" are
bound to undergo decay - as happened in the USA from the very start
(e.g., genocide of Native Americans and the suppression of the
entirely justified Shay Rebellion) - a slow process of decay that in
the USA is now approaching fascism.
Likewise, the Russia we see today, where
the government has somewhat improved the lot of the people and
protected them from foreign occupiers, is a transitory phase.
Eventually, the backstabbers - the people who are willing to commit
any crime and treachery to enrich and empower themselves - are bound
to rise to the top. What you always get at the end (if
not now?) is the Ascendancy of
Russian-style representative democracy, it's just a matter of time
before the invasion of the democracy snatchers.
The Berlin Philharmonic is perhaps
best in the world precisely because it is the only major orchestra
that practices real democracy.
Shown here: horn quartet.
argued elsewhere that only real democracy can minimize
the chances of such a tragic outcome.
That is, the people are comparatively
safe only when they themselves,
"make all major political, legal,
and judicial decisions."
Russia tragically ignored both this
irrefutable logic and the historical record; instead of choosing
real democracy, it aped the Western "democratic" model.
Even some of
the best Russian minds succumbed to Western propaganda, failing to
see that Western "democracies" were in fact oligarchies that would
make Syracuse under Dionysius (inventor of the Sword of
soiree) a shining example of liberty and equality.
So now and then, the current leadership
of Russia does make a stab at serving the people and protecting them
from foreign occupiers.
Sooner or later, Russia will turn into a
criminal network that use brutality and violence to enforce its,
"control over given areas and to
VI. Social Justice - Curbing the
Power of Oligarchs and Closing the Gap between Rich and Poor
elephant in the room of Russian politics is that a handful of
shysters basically stole Russia's most valuable companies in the
90s, minting a small handful of mega-billionaires, while the rest of
the country ate dirt.
The ace up Putin's sleeve if ever he were in
need of a popularity boost, would be to strip said shysters of their
ill-gotten gains, and redistribute shares to the people.
temptation to rectify the injustice is just too large for it not to
happen, so it really is only a matter of time."
And yet, despite some laudable moves,
the injustice is growing by leaps and bounds!
percent of the richest people in Russia now own 71 per cent of the
country's wealth... high levels of inequality persisted and even
increased throughout most of the 2000s...
along gender, ethnic, age, and other lines are another
characteristic of contemporary Russian society... Women, elderly
people, homeless people, migrants, etc. regularly face
discrimination in the country.
cost of modern housing renders it inaccessible for the majority of
the population; in 2010, only 19.8 per cent of families could afford
to buy new housing with their own savings and/or loans.
rest, even rent often appears unaffordable; today around half of all
young adults (age 21-40) in Russia live with extended family.
inequality, according to the views of the Russian population, leads
to inequality before the law.
than 70 per cent of Russians believe that the current judicial
system in Russia protects the interests of rich and influential
people more often than the interests of
number of billionaires has grown at a staggering rate since 2000.
According to the Forbes list, there were no dollar
billionaires in Russia in 2000. By 2003 there were already 17, and
by 2008 this figure had risen to 87.
the crisis of 2008,
another 23 billionaires had joined the list. In its report, Credit
Suisse stated that the 'survival chances' of billionaires in Russia
are higher than in any other BRIC or G7 country, and the super-rich
in Russia apparently enjoy an especially high level of protection
from the state.
mass of the population lives in varying degrees of poverty.
destruction of the forms of social ownership created by the
October Revolution has led to inequality levels and a social
VII. Merchants of Death
companies make and sell enough weapons for Russia to remain the
second largest exporter [behind the USA] of arms in the world with
the portfolio of outstanding orders for Russian-made arms exceeding
VIII. Incarceration Nation
Incarceration statistics tell us a great
deal about a country's comparative freedom, poverty, criminality,
justice system, corruption, internal policies, popular discontent,
profound misconceptions about the limits of the criminal
sanction, and moral decay.
On this score again, the USA is #2
(with 698 prisoners per 100,000
inhabitants, just behind #1 tiny Seychelles), while Russia might
not) be #12 (445 per 100,000).
By comparison, the respective
numbers for Iceland and India are 45 and 33.
IX. Banking - Same ownership as
issue which has swept down the centuries, and which will have to
be fought sooner or later, is the people versus the banks."
Before talking about Russia, we need to
say a few words about central banking in America and the West.
As we have seen, we live now in an
upside-down world of perpetual war, tyranny, injustice, materialism,
selfishness, starvation, monstrous income inequalities, and
ever-growing prospects of
But this, by itself, constitutes a paradox,
because our planet can comfortably provide a decent life for every
soul on it. The chaos and suffering must therefore be traced, at
least in part, to our rulers.
The ruling clique controlling the U.S.,
U.K., and most other countries of the world is probably made up of
billionaires, generals, and spooks.
The best guess is that, at the
apex of the pyramid of power and riches, there resides a handful of
banking families dedicated to an inter-generational project of
enslaving, and perhaps even exterminating, humanity.
We have been
warned repeatedly over the centuries that, sooner or later, humanity
will have to wage an all-out war on these villainous bankers.
brief history of Central Banking shows that in their war against us,
the bankers have not only relied on
mind control, human failings, co-option, sunshine bribery,
rigged elections, contrived terror, and false flag operations, but
that they often
murdered influential opponents and just about anyone
else who could possibly impede their project of world
Originally, the bankers acquired wealth
through the fractional reserve
in turn gave rise to numerous other scams, hoaxes, and machinations,
needlessly dragging us to wars, fascism, poverty, helplessness,
massive transfer of wealth from the people to the bankers, declining
health, and a probable environmental catastrophe.
One quote in particular, provided a dire
warning to the American people from the very start.
William Pitt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said of the
inauguration of the first privately-owned central bank of the United
States under Alexander Hamilton:
the American people go into their debt-funding schemes and
banking systems, and from that hour their boasted independence
will be a mere phantom."
Such warnings have been issued
repeatedly since 1694 (the fateful year when the Bank of England was
chartered, a bank whose owners have gradually expanded their
influence to the entire world).
Here are few warnings (many more can
U.S. Presidential candidate William
Delegates to the Democratic National
Convention (Chicago 1896)
carrying William Jennings Bryan shoulder
after he delivered his
"Cross of Gold" speech
believe that the right to coin and issue money is a function of
a part of sovereignty, and can no more with safety be delegated
to private individuals than we could afford to delegate to
private individuals the power to make penal statutes or levy
stand with Jefferson... that the issue of money is a function of
government, and that the banks ought to go out of the governing
we have restored the money of the Constitution, all other
reforms will be possible, but until this is done there is no
other reform that can be accomplished."
Canadian Prime Minister William
Lyon Mackenzie King (1935):
"Until the control of
the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and
recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility,
all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is
idle and futile."
And here is one of hundreds contemporary
don't change the way money is created and distributed, nothing
really changes: wealth inequality will keep rising, governance
will remain a bidding process of the wealthy, wages will
continue stagnating, etc."
All this raises a fundamental question:
Who owns and controls Russia's Central Bank?
The answer is plain:
the same parasitic
bankers that enslave Western "democracies"
the same bankers that
are behind perpetual warfare on humanity
the same bankers that
conduct false terror operations to achieve their goals
bankers that are destroying our planet's life support systems
same bankers that are stealing everything everywhere on earth
same bankers that pose the gravest risk to our few remaining
...are controlling the issuance of money and the finances of
the Russian Federation.
The most meticulous documentation of
this paradoxical reality known to me comes from Russian historian
Nikolay Starikov's Ruble Nationalization (you can read a
here or freely download the entire book
structure of today's world is a financial one par excellence.
Today's chains consist not of iron and shackles, but of figures,
currencies and debts. That's why the road to freedom for Russia, as
strange as it may seem, lies in the financial sphere. Today we are
being held back from the progress at our most painful point - our
ruble, the Russian currency unit, is
- to put it
delicately - in a way, not quite ours. And this situation is the most
serious obstacle to our country's development...
start with the simplest question - who issues rubles? This is
easy - the Central Bank of Russia, also known as the Bank of Russia,
has the monopoly on issuing the Russian national currency.
"'Article 6. The Bank of Russia is authorized to file suits in
courts in accordance with the legislation of the Russian
Federation. The Bank of Russia is entitled to appeal to
international courts, courts of foreign countries and courts of
arbitration for protection of its rights...
Russian economy does not have as much money as required for its
proper operation but equal to the amount of dollars in the reserves
of the Central Bank. The amount of rubles that can be issued
depends of the amount of dollars Russia received for its oil and
That means that the whole Russian economy is artificially put
in direct correlation with the export of natural resources. This is
why a drop in oil prices causes a collapse of everything and
idea of a bank independent from the state was brought into the
Soviet Union as a Trojan horse - through 'advisors', through
those who had practical trainings at Columbia University, those
who were recruited or simply betrayed their country...
other things, it contains such amusing details as article 7:
of federal law and regulatory documents of the federal bodies of
executive power concerning duties of the Bank of Russia and its
performance shall be submitted to the Bank of Russia for approval.'
If you want to dismiss bankers through making amendments to the
legislation - kindly submit the draft of the bill to them in advance.
Otherwise, they might as well sue you for your legal mayhem in
a court of Delaware...
second security level is the Constitution, as the 'reformers' shoved
some words on the Central Bank and its status even into the
Constitution. Article 75 (points 1 and 2) says that 'the currency of
the Russian Federation is the ruble', and 'issuing of money shall
only be done by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation', that
'it performs independently from any other governing bodies.'
want to be surprised - have a look at Soviet Constitutions.
Constitution of the USA. You will find no mention of a bank that
issues money independently anywhere, because such articles should
not be a part of the main law of the country.
What body issues the
currency is a technical question, it is not fundamental for the
country and its people. For the people it is not very significant,
but it is a key issue for enslaving the country. That is why it was
hastily dragged into the Constitution.
And now this technical detail
is there next to the fundamental rights of Russian citizens."
Most truthful observers hold the same
We have earlier discussed the views of Michael Hudson
regarding the related paradox (that of Russia financing its own
destruction), a paradox which can be best explained by the fact that
Russian finances are under the control of international bankers.
just to dispel any doubts, let me cite a few other observers:
F. William Engdahl (2015):
"The key to Russia's economy, to any economy for that
matter, is the question of who controls the issue and
circulation of credit or money, and whether they do it to
serve, directly or indirectly, private special interests or
for the common national good...
The Russian Central Bank...
[has] de facto life and death power over Russia's economy.
With Article 75 the Russian Federation de facto gave away
sovereignty over her most essential power-the power to issue
money and create credit."
"The prospect that there may be collaborators and fifth
columnists at Russia's Central Bank should surprise no one.
The RCB is an independent organization that serves the
interests of global capital and regional oligarchs the same
as central banks everywhere."
Valentin Katasonov (2015):
"Yeltsin, for example, needed correctly educated and
brought-up 'advisors'. They were needed to present the law
on the Central Bank of Russia at the right moment which
hardly did less damage than a whole army of invaders in
making Russia lose its sovereignty."
Paul Craig Roberts (2015):
"Putin needs to clear out the traitors who run the Russian
central bank and serve the interests of foreign capital at
the expense of Russia's interest."
The "Saker" (2014):
"Putin rejects the western political model while apparently
still fully endorsing its economic model."
Mikhail Khazin (2016):
"All the real levers of running [Russia's] economy and
finance remain in the hands of people placed there by the
very same global financial elite."
Needless to say, this reality - that
Russia's all-important economy and central bank are controlled by
the same people who control the Federal Reserve - is consistent with
the view that the Russian government is just another criminal gang
looking for turf.
What's more, this reality is even consistent with
the view that both sides of the Russo-American conflict are simply
following the orders of their common
Could Russia's Ambivalence be
I call it
the Madman Theory, Bob.
I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've
reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll
just slip the word to them that, "for God's sake, you know Nixon is
obsessed about Communism.
We can't restrain him when he's angry
he has his hand on the nuclear button - and Ho Chi Minh himself will
be in Paris in two days begging for peace.
Why does Russia take enormous risks in
Syria but fail to take the crucial steps of nationalizing its
Central Bank and thereby weaken its chief adversary more than any
military action possibly could?
Why does it
let the Rockefellers run its economy?
Why didn't Russia set
Syria free from the empire's brainwashed, crazed, foreign
mercenaries by sending large enough ground forces to liberate the
whole of Syria in a few weeks, instead of giving its enemies plenty
of time to undermine Syria's independence and territorial integrity?
Why in heaven's name did Russia
betray its natural allies Iran and Libya at the United Nations
Why does it ban GMOs but still insist on boiling
more and more water with a radioactive witch's brew?
Russia take the stolen money and resources from all the
criminal, Western-propped, oligarchs and return them to the people?
Why does Russia simultaneously act for and against the interests of
its people and of humanity as a whole?
It is doubtful that anyone - including the
Russian leadership itself - knows the answer.
Here, instead, are a few
One intriguing explanation has been recently put forward by the
According to him, real power in Russia is held by two
principal camps. The first is comprised of the "Atlantic
Integrationists," the oligarchs who connive to make Russia join the
West as a junior partner.
"are still in full
control of the Russian financial and banking sector,
of all the key economic ministries and government
positions, they control the Russian Central Bank and
they are, by far, the single biggest threat to the
rule of Putin and... to the Russian people and
Russia as a whole."
The second camp is comprised of
"Eurasian Sovereignists" whose goal is,
This camp enjoys the support of 90% of the Russian
people and the military, police, and intelligence services.
The balance between these two inimical
factions has only recently reached a 50/50 point of (unstable)
Putin, we are assured,
His acts cautiously and timidly because his
hands are tied and because he must always watch his back and prevent
So it's just a matter of time
until Putin and his faction,
I don't find this explanation
persuasive. Since Putin enjoys the support of the Russian people,
police, army, and intelligence services, the solution to this 50/50
configuration is simple.
Dismiss the fifth columnists, return most
of their wealth to where it belongs (the Russian people), and offer
them a deal they can't refuse: Prison terms for murders and thefts,
or comfortable retirement in Russia with a few millions of their
ill-gotten gains intact.
A second, more convincing explanation for Russian puzzling timidity
is again offered by the
am sure that Putin fully realizes that, at least potentially, his
policy of resistance, sovereignization and liberation can lead to an
intercontinental nuclear war and that Russia is currently still
weaker than the AngloZionist Empire. Just as in the times of Stolypin, Russia desperately needs a few more years of peace to
develop herself and fully stand up."
situation could be worse.
Throughout the first chapter of the Cold
War (1945-90), Russia was always lagging behind. Even the Cuban
Missile Crisis, according to one
was a sadly asymmetrical standoff.
Does the Invisible Government of
the UK/US still possess a decisive military trump card which forces
Russia to tread with extreme caution?
A slight variation of this speculates that Putin knows he is dealing
with Dr. Strangeloves and General LeMays.
These madmen have been
terrorizing the world for a quarter of a century with impunity and
are not yet psychologically reconciled to a position of primus inter
pares (first among equals).
Perhaps, Russian policy makers might
feel, the madmen controlling Washington need time to adjust to new
Russia's foreign minister
put it this way:
The Russians might suspect that the American empire might be close
to self-destruction. Russia must avoid at all costs an all-out
nuclear war and merely give the empire enough rope to hang itself.
There is no reason to believe that run-of-the-mill politicians are
smarter, better educated, or endowed with a more holistic vision of
the world than most plumbers, basketball players, scientists, or
In this world of ours, it is only a rare
individual who can achieve both power and wisdom.
So it is
conceivable that Russian leaders operate in the dark when it comes
to understanding and reacting to such complex challenges as psychopathy, climate change, nuclear power, overpopulation, dollar
hegemony, or banking.
London and Washington have a long, indisputable, tradition of
assassinating their opponents.
In fact, assassinations constitute
one of the
seven pillars of their power.
For example, Nikolai Starikov, a
contemporary Russian historian, presents strong
evidence that the English government murdered
Stalin and, before
that, almost all the descendants of Louis XIV of France.
evidence that this practice continues to the present day is
conclusive, with a higher level of probability than the
assertion that tobacco kills.
By now the Invisible Government has
perfected its assassination technology to the point of killing with
impunity, without anyone being able to definitely prove their
Could the timidity of Russia's leaders be traced to
their justified fear for their very own lives?
The City of London and Wall Street have been bribing their way to
victory for centuries. Could they likewise be bribing, or promising
the moon, to a powerful segment of the Russian leadership?
For centuries, Russian leaders appear to have been under the spell
of Western snake charmers.
Before Tolstoy's time, the Russian upper
class preferred French to its own beautiful language and some
Russian intellectuals hoped that Napoleon would conquer Russia.
Later, some Russian intellectuals, seeing the horrors of Stalinism,
strove for American victory in the Cold War (until their dream
came true and they realized that they naively undermined their own
people and culture).
The same psychology, the same unjustified but
deep-seated inferiority complex, could explain Russian failure to
react decisively to the existential threats it faces now.
We know that the key institutions in Russia - its central bank and
finance ministries - are controlled by the same bankers who control
Washington. Isn't it reasonable to assume that the Russian
government is under the control of these bankers too?
The last explanation that comes to mind can be best
introduced with the perceptive short story "Lather
and Nothing Else," of Colombian writer Hernando Téllez.
The setting is a barbershop in a
The narrator is the barber, a member of the
revolutionary movement struggling against a banker-propped savage
oligarchy. A captain of the Colombian version of the Death Squads
enters the barbershop to have a shave.
This captain, the
revolutionary barber knows, is a fiendish cutthroat trying to scare
the townspeople into submission. Recently, the captain forced the
entire town to witness the brutal execution and mutilation of four
of the barber's fellow revolutionaries.
The four were stripped
naked, hung, and then certain parts of their bodies were used for
target practice. The captain also tells the narrator of his plan to
kill and torture more prisoners later that day.
The narrator, holding a sharp razor in
his hands and attending to the defenseless murderer, faces a
wrenching dilemma. On the one hand, he knows he should kill the
villain, if only to delay the impending doom of his imprisoned
comrades. On the other hand, he knows that such an action would
either cost him his life or radically alter it.
He recoils from the
image of cutting throats, of snuffing out the life of a monster in
the shape of a human being.
He also feels that,
"he is a
revolutionary, not a murderer."
What he wants in life is "lather
and nothing else."
Throughout the shaving session,
the narrator believes that the captain knows nothing of his,
the barber's, revolutionary sympathies or internal struggle.
At the end, upon leaving
unscathed, the Death Squad captain says:
"They told me that you'd
kill me. I came to find out. But killing isn't
It could be that the current Russian
leadership finds itself in a similar situation to that barber.
the enemies of Russia, scruples are incomprehensible at best,
contemptible at worst. To win against such villains, the leaders of
Russia must employ their opponents' tactics. But for good people,
this is easier said than done.
Could it be that the Russian
leadership is just too decent or timid to engage in assassinations,
regime changes, destabilizations, and genocides?
These are all the possible explanations
I can cull from the literature or come up with at the moment. No
doubt such explanations or others, separately or jointly, account
for the paradox of Russian indecisiveness.
Regardless of the correct explanation,
no one could accuse the Russian leadership of competently and
wholeheartedly fighting for a better, safer, freer, and fairer
The Balance Sheet
Instead of a clearcut resolution, our
backbreaking game of chess ended in a stalemate.
Before trying to
make sense of this outcome, let's summarize it.
We began with the question:
of us who are aware and who care support Moscow's struggle against
Washington or should we view it as a struggle between two competing
We next showed that the USA is indeed
controlled by a criminal network, and provided a brief review of the
1990s plunder of Russia by America's rulers.
We then moved on to explore the
provocative statement that the Russian government is just another
version of organized - and legal - crime.
This survey yielded the
For ordinary Russians, Putin's rise
to power was a mini-miracle. Suddenly, a government appeared in
Moscow that stopped the plunder and disintegration of the
Gorbachev and Yeltsin years, and restored normalcy. Poverty,
lawlessness, and corruption declined, life expectancy,
industrial production, and agriculture vastly improved, the
further disintegration of the Russian Federation was brought to
an end, CIA efforts to destabilize Russia were counteracted,
Crimea was restored, the vicious attempt of overthrowing the
democratically elected secular government of Syria is being
thwarted by military means, defense capabilities were vastly
improved, and the power of the criminal oligarchs have been
diminished. Russians could again feel proud of their country
and heritage, and they could, at long last, trust their
On the military and political front,
Russia is standing up to American imperialism and is apparently
striving to resurrect the multipolar world of the Cold War
years. If it succeeds, this can only be welcomed by the world's
war-weary people, especially by countries trying to escape the
depredations of the bankers and strike an independent path.
Paradoxically though, on many other occasions involving its
allies and vital interests, Moscow turned a blind eye while the
Invisible Government turned country after country into a
wasteland. Likewise, on the economic front, Russia is
actually enabling the strangulation of its economy and currency
as well as financing its own military encirclement and eventual
The same perplexing indecisiveness
is observed in the critical information wars. While Russia has
taken some steps in presenting its version of events to the
world, and while it limits the Invisible Government's control of
its media, Russia TV is for the most part owned by the state,
the Russian media suppresses inconvenient truths and genuine
dissent, and they often parrot American lies instead of exposing
Russia and America are equally
indifferent to humanity's environmental predicament. The only
bright spots in Russia's environmental record is its incipient
opposition to genetically modified crops and to
Rockefeller medicine and its intention to pursue organic
agriculture. Apart from that, Russia mimics or even outdoes
America in its attack on the biosphere and the health of its
people. For instance, it learned nothing from its own nuclear
and Chernobyl and is developing nuclear power for exports and
domestic consumption. Or, to take another example, Russia does
nothing to mitigate the specter of climate disruptions.
Instead of establishing
real democracy, Russia aped the Western model of
representative "democracy." Even at the best of times, such
"democracies" do not represent the interests of ordinary people.
Sooner or later, they are doomed to be taken over by
"A handful of shysters basically
stole Russia's most valuable companies in the 90s, minting a
small handful of mega-billionaires, while the rest of the
country ate" - and is still eating - dirt. Very little has so far
been done "to strip said shysters of their ill-gotten gains, and
redistribute shares to the people."
As a result, unlike the much-maligned Soviet Union, Russia is
plagued by vast income inequalities, poverty for the majority,
inequality before the law, and unaffordable housing.
Russia is the second largest
exporter of killing machines in the world (behind the USA), and,
allegedly, #12 incarceration nation (the USA is #2).
Incredibly, Russia's central bank
and economy are under foreign control. Unless the Russian
Constitution is overhauled, and unless Russia regains control of
its economy and currency, Russia is sure to follow the
path of countries ruled by and for bankers.
The Russian Phoenix
- Hope or
are planning the end of the world. What they call continued progress
in atomic warfare means universal extermination, and what they call
national security is organized suicide.
We have now assembled, in one place,
some facts and arguments about the bewildering ambivalence of the
current Russian government - enough, hopefully, for readers to make up
their own minds.
For my part, this assemblage suggests
the following tentative resolution.
To begin with, I feel that this issue
can be best addressed by asking two questions, not just one.
The first question is:
we - humanitarians or revolutionaries - sympathize with Russia in its
current half-hearted struggle with the Invisible Government?
My answer to this question depends on
the validity of Brandon Smith's hunch that Russia and the U.S. are
dueling in a fake gladiator match.
If his hunch turns out to be
correct, then that match is no concern of ours.
But if the Russian government is nothing
more than a criminal network competing with other networks for turf,
or if, as appears more likely, it is a government that is partially
committed to strengthening Russia and improving the lives of
ordinary people, then our sympathies should be with Russia.
the American or English governments of the last 15 years, the
Kremlin during that time has made Russia stronger and happier.
Moreover, if Russia succeeds in restoring a multipolar world, the
vast majority of people everywhere will benefit. To see this, you
only need to compare living conditions of ordinary people in Crimea
to the rest of Ukraine,
in Syria (where hope is still alive and
where depleted uranium is not yet contaminating the land) to Iraq,
in the USA and the West before and after Soviet collapse.
Russian success would open a much-needed space for humanitarian and
revolutionary struggles everywhere.
The second question is:
dedicate our meager resources exclusively to our own revolutionary
program, or should we also divert some resources to Russia's
dubious struggle for building an alternative to the Invisible
In the long run, it makes little
difference to the world's people and to the future of humanity if
the bankers exercise their vicious rule through the City of London,
Wall Street, Beijing, Moscow, Timbuktu - or an habitable planet of
Moreover, absent sweeping reforms, it is unrealistic
to expect Russia to come even close to realizing the dream of a more
free, just, peaceful, and survivable world. If we share that dream,
then all our resources should be dedicated to its single-minded
To sum up my own appraisal.
and revolutionaries of every nation on earth ought to sympathize
with the Russian government's struggle against the bankers. However,
they cannot realistically expect that government to do their work
When it comes to the crucial struggle for survival,
freedom, peace, and justice, they are on their own.