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EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I’m wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too ­possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape.

Whipped up by the Kremlin ­propaganda machine and led by Russian ­military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country’s flag.

They are demolishing not just their own country — bankrupt, ill-run and beleaguered — but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe and us, here in Britain, safe and free for decades.
Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West.

 

  • ‘Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West’
  • ‘We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states’
  • ‘Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions’
  • ‘If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation’
  • ‘I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war

READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605578/Edward-Lucas-I-hope-Im-wrong-historians-look-say-start-World-War-III.html

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One thought on “EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I’m wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

  1. First, USA, as de facto NATO leader, had determine in the past the european countries to maintain only very small armies, for maintain the control of the alliance. Second, all technologies and laws imposed for surveillance of all citizens by US and EU leaders in the recent past made people very angry, especially in EU ex-communist countries, where that thing had recall very bad and sinister memories, associated with totalitarian practices. And that is the public point of view long before Snowden and even Wikileaks. Third, the austerity economical politics imposed in Europe, in last few years, with heavy taxation for local citizens and entrepreneurs, but very friendly with transnational corporations and banks, made public opinion very disappointed by the directions in which actual system had turn the western model of capitalism and democracy. And that, not from leftist positions, but from proponents of real democracy and free market. In eastern Europe in special, the western politicians, supranational institutions like IMF and corporations, with tails ax local politicians, treated these countries like economic colonies, destroying deliberately the local economy to make place for occidental oligopolies, as source of cheap workforce, imposing harmful exploitations like shale gas in populate regions by lobby and bribe to local politicians, against the people will. For example, now, Romania is forced to accept exploitation of shale gas in 70% of the territory, in fertile lands. Literally, to destroy the country water resources, soil, food safety and citizens health for foreign corporations profit and for others energetic independence, in condition in which Romania produced already 30% more conventional gas than it needs. Fourth, the globalization and migration of corporate capital in grasshopper-style from the mother country made the West weak economically, politically and strategically because the corporate power who own the politicians had more interests outside of western world. Well, that things are not of nature to made a strong and unite force from USA and european countries against russian imperial ambitions. And that is very dangerous, in conditions in which today Russia seem to copy the politic strategy of Nazi Germany before WWII.

    Posted by Daniel | April 17, 2014, 8:29 am

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