From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Prepping for World War
“Russia is being placed at the top of the United Kingdom's defence threat list, on a par with terrorism and cyber warfare, it has been revealed. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 4 August, Rory Stewart, chair of the House of Commons Defence Committee, said: ‘Until recently threats from Russia have been rated at the bottom level Tier 3. They are now seen and will soon be graded as the top level, Tier 1.’” http://www.janes.com/article/41618/russia-to-top-uk-threat-assessment-levels?
Western warmongers are ramping up their propaganda and their overt preparations for war. An article in IHS Janes Defence Weekly a military and intelligence publication that is a key player in the military industrial complex, reported that Britain has placed Russia at the top of their threat list. Using disinformation to justify their rush to war IHS Janes actually implied Russia had seized Crimea. This blatant lie was published in a publication that purportedly is about “military and political intelligence”. Just like the US media which is demonizing Vladimir Putin and Russia IHS Janes is not so subtlety beating the drums for war and increased military spending.
“Following the committee's 22 July Defence and Security Review Report on the implications of the Ukraine conflict and the seizure of Crimea, there has been a complete turnaround in UK government defence policy, with the adoption of "95% of the committee's recommendations", he said. Stewart said that assurances by the UK's previous defence secretary, Philip Hammond, that UK forces could fully meet all contingencies have also been brushed aside. He added that there are difficulties involved in this policy change and the turnabout in priorities, as Baltic deterrence and protection requires air defence and submarine defence in particular. The recent 'Steadfast Jazz' exercise in the Baltic states in November 2013 involved 6,000 troops, whereas exercises in the 1980s and those currently staged by Russia involve hundreds of thousands, he said. On 2 August UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, ahead of the alliance's September summit, recommending that NATO should transform its rapid reaction capabilities into a 21st century update of the ACE Mobile Force, a move which will require expense and commitment from all member countries, including the UK.” Russia to Top UK Threat Assessment Levels by Bruce Jones HIS Janes Defence Weekly http://www.janes.com/article/41618/russia-to-top-uk-threat-assessment-levels?
Meanwhile Britain’s partner in crime, the United States, is ramping up its rhetoric demonizing Putin and calling for additional economic and trade sanctions against Russia. The US has pressured the European Union to act against their own best interests by issuing sanctions against Russia, the nation that supplies most of Europe with natural gas and oil. “A stark preview of what could be ahead was prepared last month by Total, one of Europe’s largest energy companies. The unpublished study, provided by a company official, shows that by scrambling, Europe could cope with a cutoff of Russian gas exports through Ukraine this winter. But it would be severely affected by a halt in Russian deliveries. The Total study estimated that about 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas comes from Russia and that more than half this volume is transported through Ukraine. If Russia interrupted these Ukraine flows, the study forecast that it would be “feasible” to compensate through adjustments. These would include: use of gas stored in such countries as Italy and Hungary; transport of Russian gas through two alternative corridors, theYamal pipeline through Belarus and a Baltic line known as Nord Stream; increased gas shipments from Norway, the Netherlands and North Africa; and increased imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).” The Risk of Tougher Sanctions on Russia by David Ignatius http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-tougher-sanctions-on-russia-could-make-things-very-chilly-in-europe/2014/07/17/eac68f52-0df6-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html
What will these Bozos tell their people if or when Putin cuts off the flow of natural gas and oil to Europe next winter? The sanctions against Russia are also hurting the US and EU businesses but the ruling oligarchs don’t care. “MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine. The measures will hit consumers at home who rely on cheap imports, and on farmers in the West for whom Russia is a big market. Moscow is by far the biggest buyer of European fruit and vegetables and the second biggest importer of U.S. poultry. RIA quoted the spokesman for Russia's food safety watchdog VPSS, Alexei Alexeenko, as saying all European fruit and vegetables and all produce from the United States would be included in a ban drawn up on the orders of President Vladimir Putin to punish countries that imposed sanctions on Russia.” Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and vegetables in sanctions response; NATO fears invasion – Reuters http://news.yahoo.com/nato-fears-ground-invasion-russia-masses-troops-ukraine-142159887.html
In the modern world, sanctions, trade and currency wars are precursors to shooting wars. The so called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South African) nations have just launched an international development bank that will rival the IMF, World Bank and Bank of International Settlements. Their bank along with the BRICS intention to trade amongst themselves and other commercial partners using currencies other than the US dollar poses a direct global challenge to US petro dollar hegemony. That will not be tolerated. Just like the US deposed and murdered Saddam Hussein for daring to circumvent the US dollar by using the Euro to sell his oil and Muammar Gaddafi for creating an African gold based currency respectively, the BRICS are courting a similar US/NATO response. But Russia and China do not appear to be afraid of the US and its allies.
US politicians doing the bidding of the international banksters are actually setting us up for World War Four. I say WW IV because all the proxy wars and covert operations from the end of WWII to now (Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan in the ‘80s and the anti-colonial liberation struggles in Africa, Asia and Latin America) were/are really global in scope and could be construed as an ongoing world war. The big difference is those were proxy wars; if the psychopathic Neo-Cons, warmongers and banksters are not reined in, the US, its NATO and Israeli allies could be rumbling head to head against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and an assortment of other nations.
As we speak, the US and NATO are moving military assets into the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. Russia is moving ships from its Pacific fleet and Baltic into the Mediterranean Sea and moving troops along its border with Ukraine. China is making moves in the South China Sea and there have been near provocations between Chinese and Japanese ships and planes. China submarines have been spotted off the US West coast and Russian bombers have flown close to US and European airspace probably to test US and NATO reaction time and tactics. Both sides are conducting joint military exercises and rattling their swords and sabers as the US jingoistic propaganda intensifies.
Meanwhile the situation in Iraq is deteriorating and the West’s attempts to topple the Assad government in Syria have been thwarted (thanks to Russian and Iranian logistical and tactical support) for the time being, not a good sign if the US actually thinks it can win a conventional war against Russia. The US and NATO left a trail of disaster and destabilization in Libya and is causing havoc in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. The other partner in the Western Axis of Evil, Israel, is slaughtering civilians in Gaza using US jets and bombs; which will not endear either country to the world, despite unconditional support by the US propaganda machine. Israel is losing the PR battle in the court of public opinion thanks to the Internet and alternative media that are showing the devastation and carnage in Gaza.
The crazies want a war; in their minds war is the only way to preserve their dollar/banking hegemony and predatory lifestyle. All the moves they are making point to war. The ruling elites never learned how to share and their failed economic policies, greed and avarice have brought the West to the brink of fiscal ruin and economic collapse. The system as it stands is unsustainable, they know it but they don’t care! The question is, will we passively go along with their plans or will we determine to save the planet and humanity from these psychopaths and murderers?