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Why Die For Ukraine?

В ефірі програми “Подробиці” розповiли про пiдготовку Збройних cил України до оборони в зонi АТО
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Reprinted with permission Mises Institute Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

You would think that the problems facing the United States would be enough for brain-dead Biden. With massive inflation, the economy is teetering on the brink of ruin. We face tyrannical control because of harmful vaccine mandates. Bogus propaganda about “climate change” threatens to cripple American industry. The government seeks to monitor all our financial transactions. We threaten China with a new Cold War. But it isn’t enough. Now Biden wants to ignite a war with Russia that could easily turn nuclear and destroy us.

Why is this happening? Biden says that Putin is about to invade Ukraine. We can’t let this happen because that would be “aggression.” If Putin does invade, we will impose massive sanctions on him. But the neocons who control American foreign policy are the real aggressors. As Larry Johnson says,

Look at this situation from Russia’s perspective. The United States promised not to expand NATO:

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

We lied. Instead of maintaining the status quo, we have expanded NATO towards Russia’s border. Make no mistake—Russia considers the expansion of NATO as a direct military threat. 

… the United States has been conducting regular military exercises in countries bordering Russia for more than 20 years. If you think these exercises are of no concern to Russia you are worse than a damn fool.

Now we are arming the Ukraine with weapons that will be used against Ukrainians with strong ties to Russia. This is madness that carries a genuine risk of sparking a nuclear conflagration. Russia will not be bullied and will not cower.”

The great expert on Russia Stephen Cohen warned us over two years ago that trouble lay in store for us:

Ukraine is not “a vital US national interest,” as most leaders of both parties, Republican and Democrat alike, and much of the US media now declare. On the other hand, Ukraine is a vital Russian interest by any geopolitical or simply human reckoning. Why, then, is Washington so deeply involved in Ukraine? … The short but essential answer is Washington’s decision, taken by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, to expand NATO eastward from Germany and eventually to Ukraine itself. Ever since, both Democrats and Republicans have insisted that Ukraine is a “a vital US national interest.” Those of us who opposed that folly warned it would lead to dangerous conflicts with Moscow, conceivably even war. Imagine Washington’s reaction, we pointed out, if Russian military bases began to appear on Canada’s or Mexico’s borders with America. We were not wrong: An estimated 13,000 souls have already died in the Ukrainian-Russian war in the Donbass and some 2 million people have been displaced.

If Biden doesn’t want Putin to invade Ukraine, he should remove the NATO bases around Russia and take away the missiles. If he won’t do this, a Russian invasion can still be stopped. All that’s required is that a pro-Russian government take power in Ukraine. This is what Putin wants, but Biden has threatened sanctions against him if he supports this. According to Henry Austin of NBC News, “Britain’s accusation that the Kremlin is seeking to install a pro-Russian regime in Ukraine is ‘deeply concerning,’ a National Security Council spokesperson said. ‘The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine,’ the spokesperson, Emily Horne, said in a statement late Saturday. ’This kind of plotting is deeply concerning,’ she added.”

If Ukraine does get a pro-Russian government, this would not be Russian “aggression.” It would restore the situation in Ukraine before a US-backed coup overthrew a government friendly to Russia. In February 2014, the US pushed out Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich by orchestrating demonstrations against him. As Eric Zuisse noted in an article in Modern Diplomacy in June 2018,

If America’s successful February 2014 overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected neutralist Government doesn’t soon produce a world-ending nuclear war (World War III), then there will be historical accounts of that overthrow, and the accounts are already increasingly trending and consolidating toward a historical consensus that it was a coup—that it was imposed by “somebody from the new coalition” — i.e., that the termination of the then-existing democratic (though like all its predecessors, corrupt) Ukrainian Government, wasn’t authentically a “revolution” such as the U.S. Government has contended, and certainly wasn’t at all democratic, but was instead a coup (and a very bloody one, at that), and totally illegal (though backed by The West).

If the US does become involved in Russia, the result might be nuclear annihilation. Eric Margolis says, “Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at the US and its allies. No one in their right mind should contemplate a nuclear confrontation. Russia has repeatedly made clear that if backed into a corner, it may well use tactical nuclear weapons.”

The saddest part of this whole manufactured crisis is that it should make absolutely no difference to us whether Russia controls Ukraine. How is that a threat to the United States? Whatever Biden and his neocon advisers say, America should stay out of conflicts that are none of our business. As usual, Murray Rothbard put it best. “In the context of the 1980 Afghan war, he quoted Canon Sydney Smith—a great classical liberal in early 19th century England who wrote to his warmongering Prime Minister, thus”:

For God’s sake, do not drag me into another war!

I am worn down, and worn out, with crusading and defending Europe, and protecting mankind; I must think a little of myself.

I am sorry for the Spaniards—I am sorry for the Greeks—I deplore the fate of the Jews; the people of the Sandwich Islands are groaning under the most detestable tyranny; Baghdad is oppressed, I do not like the present state of the Delta; Tibet is not comfortable. Am I to fight for all these people?

The world is bursting with sin and sorrow. Am I to be champion of the Decalogue, and to be eternally raising fleets and armies to make all men good and happy?

We have just done saving Europe, and I am afraid the consequence will be, that we shall cut each other’s throats. No war, dear Lady Grey!—No eloquence; but apathy, selfishness, common sense, arithmetic!

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7 comments

stpaulchuck February 13, 2022 at 12:25 pm

stand up tall and ask the Euroweenies why THEY aren’t going to Ukraine’s defense? It’s a European issue, not an American issue. We’ve killed more than enough of our young men in stupid wars, so stop already.

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Cato February 13, 2022 at 10:00 pm

Please open your eyes and realize that we are in a global war without borders. Since 1848 when the “Communist Manifesto” was published, war was declared on all nations, all cultures, and all religions to make way for a global communist tyranny.

America is not just some land south of Canada and north or Mexico where freedom and the rule of law is supposed to govern. Freedom is for all humanity everywhere. The communists are intent on destroying freedom everywhere. They are super intelligent, extremely well-funded, and fanatically committed to destroying everything in their path to implement a global communist state. There is no maximum number of lives that they are willing to sacrifice for this end.

The war is never ending. The war is 24X7. The war is being waged against freedom in every dimension of human life: psychological warfare, informational warfare, cultural warfare, educational warfare, economic warfare, medical warfare, cyber warfare, and in many other areas. See https://blackopspartners.com/resources/

Freedom and the rule of law must be a global force in the world to defeat the global onslaught of tyrants and communism. Peace is communist propaganda intended to result in freedom loving persons doing nothing and standing aside while communists attack humanity continually all over the world in a multidimensional war.

America, freedom and the rule of law, is an idea in the mind of God which must spread throughout the world. This is for all humanity and has nothing to do with geography.

By defending freedom only in America, we will eventually be surrounded by a global communist tyranny that will isolate, imprison, and crush America. The war is global, our thinking, our strategy, our tactics and actions must be defensive and offensive globally.

The communists will never stop. They must be destroyed everywhere and then implement eternal vigilance to preserve liberty.

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tomhoser February 14, 2022 at 8:12 am

Hey Bub, how about routing out the communists in the Democrat party before we send our folks to another shit-hole country.

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Trevor+Adams February 14, 2022 at 6:13 am

Presenting a unified front to the soviets and china is the only way to slow them down. The US sat on the fence in WW11, until the 7th December, 1941, when the Japs dragged you kicking and screaming into the action. You made an obscene amount of money from the rest of the world in the meantime, so now, perhaps, you will put honour before self interest and help Ukraine.

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Ringworm February 14, 2022 at 6:16 am

You mean honorable like when Poroshenko worked with Hillary to defeat Trump? Sorry, we’ll keep our boys home this time.

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michael savell February 14, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Nobody can help Ukraine at this stage and “our boys” would be defeated within a few days.Can’t you see that the US and UK are creating this problem.They know damn well that Russia does not want to invade Ukraine but Ukraine does want to invade the Dombass on it’s way to Crimea and the ports .There is no legal reason for this but they are being given the material to help them make a war out of this.
There is no way that Ukraine can overcome Russia but this could escalate very quickly if they do invade Dombass and the west seems determined to escalate the danger.There must be something at home we are missing that is very important.Could it have anything to do with the fake virus?

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Joe February 16, 2022 at 3:10 pm

I hate to see a country be invaded, however, protecting Ukraine isn’t exactly protecting Democracy. The guy in charge shut down the three largest “opposition news media”, and jails political opponents. Just because the Biden Administration and the Left want to do that very same thing here, doesn’t justify a war, even a “cold” one. There are plenty of diplomatic tactics left unexplored, and if this administration didn’t present our country as weak as the EU, then there wouldn’t be an issue.

If we really care about invasions, and threats to democracy, let’s start by resealing the southern border of the US. Over 1 million unvetted illegal aliens invaded our country with POTUS’s blessing. Should be unaminously impeached solely for this.

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