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If You Believe That The Cold War Is Over, Just Look At What Is Happening In Ukraine

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Ukraine Violence - Photo by Mstyslav ChernovWhat is happening on the streets of Kiev right now is really a proxy war between the East and the West.  On the one side you have the USSA and the EUSSR, which are quite determined to bring Ukraine under their sphere of influence.  On the other side you have Russia (the former USSR), which is quite determined to keep Ukraine out of the EU and out of NATO.  In addition, Russia is extremely concerned about the strategic natural gas pipelines that go through Ukraine that transport gas from Russia to the rest of Europe.  Ultimately, it is not in the interest of the people of Ukraine to be dominated by either side, but that is going to be what ends up happening.  The Cold War is playing out on the streets of Kiev as you read this, and this conflict is going to greatly increase tensions between the East and the West.  As these tensions continue to rise, someday this Cold War could actually end up sparking a real war between the superpowers.

Tragically, it is the people of Ukraine that are paying the price for this proxy war.  During the recent unrest, at least 75 people have died, more than 500 people have been injured, and the streets of major Ukrainian cities are being turned into war zones.

You can see some amazing photos of the unrest in Ukraine right here, and you can find some startling before and after photos of Kiev right here and right here.

Violence has been committed by both sides.  For those that think that these are just “peaceful protests”, just consider the following

In Ukraine, US-backed rebels seize weapons from a military depot and begin firing on police — killing at least ten. The rebel groups occupy and torch government buildings, trade union headquarters, the central post office, and political party headquarters. They occupy local government facilities in other cities and physically attack local authorities. Their goal is to overthrow the elected government.

It is no secret that this is a violent, high stakes struggle to seize control of Ukraine between the East and the West.  It is so obvious that even the New York Times is admitting it…

The two sides in what is developing into an East-West clash over Ukraine hardened their positions on Wednesday, with Russian officials denouncing what they called a coup by right-wing extremists, even as the United States and Europe threatened to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence that has erupted in the capital, Kiev, and spread to other cities.

The starkly divergent reactions underscored the deepening confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine’s fate, with each side accusing the other of interference and disputing even the facts of what was happening.

And it is no secret that the “rebel groups” in Ukraine are being organized and funded by high-powered organizations in the United States.  In fact, as the following video by Paul Joseph Watson demonstrates, some of these organizations that are fueling the “revolution” in Ukraine are directly tied to George Soros…

Sadly, most of the people involved in this bitter conflict in Ukraine don’t understand any of this.

Most of them just want liberty, freedom and a better future for them and for their children.

Unfortunately, they are not going to get that no matter which side wins.

Either they are going to end up under the thumb of Russia, or they are going to end up under the thumbs of the USSA and the EUSSR.

And Americans should not think that what is going on in Ukraine is not going to affect them.

The truth is that tensions between the United States and Russia have been rising for years.  This has been a constant theme through the recent Olympic Games.

Someday these tensions may erupt into a real conflict.

Most Americans tend to think of Russia as a “former enemy” that more or less collapsed at the “end of the Cold War” in the early 1990s.

But that is not the reality any longer.  Russia has experienced a massive economic resurgence over the past couple of decades, and according to one ranking Russia now actually has a larger economy than Germany does.

For much more on Russia’s rise as an economic superpower, please see my previous article entitled “The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States“.

In addition, Russia has also experienced a tremendous resurgence militarily.

Even as the U.S. decreases military spending, Russia is aggressively arming.  A while back, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the following statement

“No one should entertain any illusions regarding their chances of asserting military superiority over Russia, we will never allow that to happen….thanks to our military doctrine and advanced weapons.”

Russia is in the process of recruiting hundreds of thousands of new troops, and according to Putin the modernization of the Russian armed forces will go to the next level in 2014…

“In 2014, the armed forces must receive more than 40 most modern intercontinental ballistic missiles, more than 210 airplanes and helicopters, more than 250 units of armored vehicles. Nuclear rocket carriers the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh will take over the combat watch and six new satellites will reinforce the orbital grouping.”

Of most concern to many analysts is the nuclear attack submarines with “advanced stealth technology” that Russia is building.  The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles entitled “New Russian Submarines Are So Silent That The U.S. Navy Calls Them ‘Black Holes’“…

Did you know that Russia is building submarines that are so quiet that the U.S. military cannot detect them?  These “black hole” submarines can freely approach the coastlines of the United States without fear of being detected whenever they want.  In fact, a “nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles” sailed around in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks without being detected back in 2012.  And now Russia is launching a new class of subs that have “advanced stealth technology”.  The U.S. Navy openly acknowledges that they cannot track these subs when they are submerged.  That means that the Russians are able to sail right up to our coastlines and launch nukes whenever they want.  But instead of trying to find a way to counteract this potential threat, the Obama administration has been working very hard to dismantle the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal.

Sadly, the U.S. does not consider Russia to be a strategic threat any longer.  At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. military had more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.  Today, it only has 1,550 and Barack Obama wants to reduce that number by another one-third.

Let us hope and pray that the United States and Russia never fight a real war with each other.

But as things in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to escalate, there is the very real possibility that this Cold War could escalate into something far, far worse someday.

And Russia is busy preparing for that eventuality.

In fact, did you know that Russia has more spies inside the U.S. today than it did at any point during the Cold War?

Most people that will read this article will not grasp the importance of it.  Hopefully you are not one of them.

What is happening in Ukraine right now has the potential to greatly alter the future of this planet.  A great game of chess is being played out, and those that assume that “America always wins” may be in for a great shock someday.

Ukraine Protests - Photo by Mstyslav Chernov

  • Rodster

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote a great piece today that outlined that the USA is purposely trying to destabilize the area so as to bring chaos closer to Russia. He also spelled out the possibility of a war between Russia and the US.

    Link below:

  • Mykhailo

    Michael, thank you for this information. I’m from Ukraine. I see that most of Western media are lying about situation in my country.Hope more Americans will catch Truth!

    • Kim

      What is the truth? As u see it? I am very interested in hearing accounts from folks actually there. I trust Michael, but I would love to hear some eye witness accounts or opinions from people from that part of the world.

      • Gay Veteran

        go to Paul Craig Roberts website

        • Kim

          Thanks! I’ll check it out,

      • seth

        The top comment in the daily mail (UK newspaper)had thousands of votes suggesting the cia was to blame.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is great to hear from someone in Ukraine! I hope that you are staying safe. :)

      Michael

    • Uh-hUh

      There is a bigger picture at play here. Michael mentions the Russian natural gas line, but there is also the coincidence(?) of the West fomenting the rebellion in the Ukraine while at the same time ALSO stepping up plans to re-enter the Syrian civil war in a more aggressive way (as in bomb the Syria government and replace it) ….this is ALL about Saudi Arabia and their wanting a natural gas pipeline that rivals the Russians’. THIS is the door into WWIII.

      • CynicalGuy42

        Interesting. I’m not sure if this is the West doing the Saudis’ bidding as you state, but the fact that all these elements are at play here raises questions.

  • K

    Once again the U.S. is sticking its’ nose into everyone else’s business. Ukraine, and Venezuela are the first to come to mind. But do not worry, with their new FCC minders, the news will not report much about it Yes while all this is going on, the FCC gestapo, will be monitoring what kind of news is being reported, right from various news rooms. If you still think this is America, it sure is not the one I once knew.I guess the people of the Ukraine are left with the lesser of two evils. The problem is, the way the U.S. has been acting for the last 15 years. I am no longer sure who the lesser is anymore. And that is a statement, I thought I would never make.

    • CynicalGuy42

      I’m American, but I think it’s a shame how the U.S. sticks its nose in other countries’ business, with things like pressuring them same-sex marriage and interfering with Ukraine’s decision of whether or not to join the EU or get closer to Russia. Unfortunately, it has really gotten to the point where we are no better than China or Russia.

  • Hammerstrike

    Green ****, **** riots (you bet they received a visit from Bill Clinton!) and now this.
    The cultural-marxist European Union and Washington D.C. regimes are paying armies of unemployable bums, mental cases and drug addicts to cause mayhem, vandalism and unrest in order to bully the Kiev regime into surrendering unconditionally to their dictates.

    Funny thing is, If Putin was behind the Kiev governement, such protests would never have been such a problem in the first place.
    Those fault is that that tensions between USA and Russian federation have been rising for years? That´s right, US and EU governements demanding that Russian governement conforms to their demands, supported by a constant stream of BS mainstream media propaganda.

    • Gay Veteran

      good comments except for the pure BS at the beginning

  • Kim

    Another war over a pipeline, I mean oil, I mean money. I mean jobs which actually mean food and purpose in life. Expect more of this as cheap oil and gas descend into history. The age of cheap energy is over.

    • Rodster

      Oil will determine the fate of human population. It won’t be Gold or Silver but oil. It has become harder to find and shale oil as well as fracking cannot produce the vast amounts of energy the world requires.

      Human population exploded with the discovery of fossil fuels and since we are so reliant on it, it will have the opposite effect as it begins to dry up.

      • Kim

        Exactly right. Do u know how many men it would take to push a 2000 lb vehicle down a highway at 60 miles per hour for one hour?

        Oil is special. The problem now isn’t lack of oil, but price. What will we do when it’s no longer economically viable to extract what is left? We will have to find a way to adapt. Quickly.

        • Rodster

          “We will have to find a way to adapt. Quickly.”

          We are past that point. Look up Michael Ruppert (Peak Oil) and you’ll see it doesn’t look good.

          • Kim

            I’ve read Richard Heinberg and James kunstler. I know. But unlike Kunstler, I believe there is still time to make changes. But time is running out and it doesn’t look promising.

  • Gay Veteran

    The assistant secretary of state was quoted as saying that the U.S. has spent $5 BILLION in Ukraine.
    Parts of Ukraine were once part of Russia. The U.S. is playing with fire (nuclear)

    • Rodster

      The sad part is, THAT’S exactly what they want. It’s all a front to destabilize regions in different parts of the world to keep the $USD as the safe haven.

  • Gay Veteran

    excellent article

  • nekksys

    It seems pretty clear to me that this is part of the US support of Muslim-controlled oil products. The Ukraine encompasses the pipeline carrying natural gas from Russia the the EU. We, the US, are backing the insurgents in the Ukraine, just as we have the insurgents in Syria. To spell it out more plainly, what “we” want is a pipeline carrying Muslim-owned, -operated and -controlled natural gas and other oil products to the EU. “We” want “our Muslim brothers” to gather all that wealth and not the Russians. (Please pardon my use of the word “we.” I don’t mean it as a unified reference to all Americans. I intend “we” to be a representation of our corrupt government and it’s intentions.)

    That being said, how can anyone reasonably maintain that Obama isn’t a Muslim sympathizer if not a Muslim himself? How much longer are we going to abide his treasonous acts and unlawful intrusions into other countries?

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I’ve watching this since November, frankly I don’t put much credence in RT’s reporting of this than I do NBC CBS Fox or MSNBS. I don’t see this as a rehash of the Cold War but two collapsing Empires in need of another victim. Russia’s economy has improved but it’s very much a one trick pony relying on Natural Resources to fuel it’s growth, so far that’s worked. Russia has been effected by the currency issues Emerging Markets have been suffering. The EM’s are not out of the woods. Add the coming down turn in the west the prices Russia is getting for it’s resources will drop, add on a corrupt government, wealth gap between the rich and poor, demographic issues, crime and a Sunni Islamic World wanting to rip it’s heart out Russia has as many issues as the US.
    I don’t think much is going to happen Putin may need t send in troops like he did in

  • Captain Canuck

    You don’t want the government to spend money on its population for health, but more nuclear weapons are ok.

  • Rodster

    Dr. Roberts just posted another piece on Ukraine that’s even better.

  • lilbear68

    its a good sign that the Ukraine has managed to get this under control and at least stop the killings and violence in just a matter of a few weeks. the rest to be worked out over time. on the other hand the arabs are still jerking each other off for more than a year

  • David M

    As some of the posts have said. The oil pipeline that the Russians have is their life blood. Reagan and the Saudies played this game in the 80’s to hurt the Russian economy. We worked with the Arabs to lower the price of oil and it hurt them.

    Consider this a repeat. Their economy IS a one trick pony. Remove that income and their military becomes less of a threat.

  • janelte

    As usual everybody riding his own hobby.

  • Charles Reece

    Read Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1997 classic, “The Grand Chessboard”. It reveals all his intentions for the United States to make itself the “sole super-power” of the world……that is, to help make the U.S. single-handedly “rule” the globe after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989; foremostly, by way of “controlling” politically and/or militarily the energy-resource-rich ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia. But believe it or not, Brzezinski’s seminal book, “The Grand Chessboard” is actually a piece of foreign-policy literature that is tantamount to a modern-day Americanversion of Hitler’s old “Mein Kampf; or an actual publically-declared “blue-print” for American global domination.
    When an individual reads this particular book, one can see that Brzezinski is unambiguous – or unmistakably clear; in revealing
    to the world his foreign-policy objectives for permanently
    geo-politically “subduing” Russian and China into second-rate/world-power status, by “taking over” the political/economic influence over Central Asia; and thereby helping make America the sole uncontested “super-power” of the world.

    Brzezinski here gives the reader the supposed “truth” that it is in America’s – and the world’s – “best interest”; for the U.S. itself to be the “ONE” in controlling Eurasia, rather than any OTHER world power; and especially excluding a “POWER” ruled by some
    “evil dictator” such as the “Hitlers” and “Stalins” of the world; SINCE,
    supposedly – as Brzezinski would no doubt argue; that America is indeed the most powerful, benevolent, and influential “democracy” in the world – and NOT some evil menacing dictatorial “regime” like the ones of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia; and THUS, according to Brzezinski, “The United States” – being supposedly, “the world’s most powerful nation” – and a “democracy” at that; would supposedly make America “most fit” as a democratic “world power” to “present itself”, before the world, as some kind of “altruistic” benevolent “policeman of the world”; protecting Eurasia from any future “world powers” that may want to militarily/economically/politically DOMINATE and “selfishly” keep Central Asia for its “own” use; for this region’s incredibly-vast energy deposits of oiland natural gas.
    In other words, Brzezinski wants to give the reader the “impression” that it is supposedly “actually” in the world’s “best interest” for the United States itself – and only itself – to have control of Central Asia – or Eurasia – and no other power to “compete” with her; SO that she may [supposedly] “make sure” that the ENERGY RESERVES will be made “available” to every other nation “interested” in making use Eurasia’s energy sources; assuming that an “evil empire” like the old Soviet Union would supposedly “deliberately” hold the world “hostage” from receiving vital energy resources for building up industrial infrastructures of developing nations. And thus, according to Brzezinski’s reasoning; if America does indeed become the sole “world power” to gain “compete”control of Central Asia; THEN she will have indeed gained the potential for controlling the ENTIRE world – BUT under the clever guise of spreading “democracy” and “free markets” around the world; to supposedly help “build-up” or
    “up-grade” the technological “needs” of the poorer nations.

    Brzezinski here gives the reader the supposed “truth”
    that it is in America’s – and the world’s – “best interest”; for the
    U.S. itself to be the “ONE”in controlling Eurasia, rather than any OTHER world power; and especially excluding a “POWER” ruled by some “evil dictator” such as the “Hitlers” and “Stalins” of the world; SINCE, supposedly – as Brzezinski would no doubt argue; that America is indeed the most powerful, benevolent, and influential “democracy” in the world – and NOT some evil menacing dictatorial “regime” like the ones of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia; and THUS, according to Brzezinski, “The United States” – being supposedly, “the world’s most powerful nation” – and a “democracy” at that; would supposedly make America “most fit” as a democratic “world power” to “present itself”, before the world, as some kind of “altruistic” benevolent “policeman of the world”; protecting Eurasia from any future “world powers” that may want to militarily/economically/politically DOMINATE and “selfishly” keep Central Asia for its “own” use; for this region’s incredibly-vast energy deposits of oil and natural gas. In other words, Brzezinski wants to give the reader the “impression” that it is supposedly “actually”
    in the world’s “best interest” for the United States itself – and only itself – to have control of Central Asia – or Eurasia – and no other power to “compete” with her; SO that she may [supposedly] “make sure” that the ENERGY RESERVES will be made “available” to every other nation “interested” in making use Eurasia’s energy sources; assuming that an “evil empire” like the old Soviet
    Union would supposedly “deliberately” hold the world “hostage” from receiving vital energy resources for building up industrial infrastructures of developing nations. And thus, according to Brzezinski’s reasoning; if America does indeed become the sole “world power” to gain “compete” control of Central Asia; THEN she will have indeed gained the potential for controlling the ENTIRE world – BUT under the clever guise of spreading “democracy” and “free markets” around the world; to supposedly help “build-up” or
    “up-grade” the technological “needs” of the poorer nations.

    “The Grand Chessboard” actually reveals the truly sinister
    selfish greedy “IMPERIALIST” character that he actually possesses; SINCE, actually, he really “couldn’t care less” about “making sure” that Eurasia’s energy resources would be “made available” for the rest of the world; BUT rather, what Brzezinski would actually
    like to see is firstly “America” herself – and secondarily, Western Europe, as being the “ones” to control Central Asia; and NOT Russia and China themselves; as these latter two are the West’s competing world powers from Eastern Civilization. In other words, Brzezinski is actually NOT necessarily “in favor” of “democracy”
    or “capitalism”, per se, for “The People”; BUT rather, in favor
    of just the rich aristocracies of the West being in “control” of all of the vast energy resources around the world – and particularly, in Eurasia; since what Brzezinski really wants to “see” is the American/European aristocracy – i.e., the “Energy Lobby” or “Military-Industrial Complex” of the West to militarily/economically/politically DOMINATE and “selfishly” keep
    Central Asia for its “own” use; for this region’s incredibly-vast energy deposits of oil and natural gas…….AND keep any military/economic/political influence of the competing eastern powers of Russia and China out of it!!!

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