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This is another good article by Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan years. He comments on Ukraine, showing how the situation there is part of a futile attempt by the US government to contain Russia’s inevitable rise to global power.
Essentially America is attempting to keep Russia from increasing its economic ties to Europe, which only serves to force Russia to join the REAL rising powers in the East, China and India. If Europe boycotts itself from the East, they will slowly become third-world countries in the 21st century.
Putin can take the Ukraine back whenever he wants and turn his back on the West, a declining corrupt entity mired in depression and looting by the capitalist class. The 21st century belongs to the East, to China and India. The enormous expanse of Russia sits above both of these most populous of all countries.
Russia can rise to power with the East. There is no reason for Russia to beg the West for acceptance. The basis for US foreign policy are the Brzezinski and Wolfowitz doctrines, which state that Washington must prevent the rise of Russia. Washington has no good will toward Russia and will hamper Russia at every opportunity. As long as Washington controls Europe, Russia has no prospects of being a part of the West, unless Russia becomes Washington’s puppet state, like Germany, Britain, and France.