Aggressive moves eastwards by NATO reached its peak in 2016 when the US combined Poland’s Anaconda 20164 with other exercises in the Baltics.
If Trump does not change his mind, he can take credit for averting World War III which would have been a deadly nuclear war, especially for Eastern Europe. His almost childish wish, “Wouldn’t it be a great thing if we could actually get along with Russia?” was greeted with cheers in the Russian Duma.
Several writers and thinkers felt that towards the end of 2016 the world was on the brink of a world war. Daniel Davies1 felt that if the US took Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, the “moderate” Syrian rebels with US aid would have to confront Assad and his Russian allies directly through a nuclear exchange.
Tyler Durden2 noted that the “Globalists are setting the stage for World War III.” By the end of 2016, the stage was set. The Globalists were waiting for the US Presidential elections and hoping that Hillary Clinton would execute the plan. Briefly, the move towards the Russian border started when the US reneged on its agreement not to move towards Russia’s borders, if Russia approved the reunification of Germany and allowed Germany to be a member of NATO, noted distinguished British correspondent, Jonathan Power.3 The US then claimed to be building a radar system in Eastern Europe, ostensibly to curb Iranian power, though the Russians believed it was against them. US Defence Secretary William Perry felt that the US had squandered an opportunity to befriend Russia. President Obama made a slight adjustment to existing hardware by changing long range to medium range missiles. Today, almost 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons are held by the US and Russia.
Aggressive moves eastwards by NATO reached its peak in 2016 when the US combined Poland’s Anaconda 20164 with other exercises in the Baltics. Anaconda is a giant snake which swallows its prey and the suggestion was that NATO should swallow its eastern prey. Poland had good reason to help the US in leading these exercises. Poland was partitioned for 123 years by Austria, Prussia and Russia. During Communist rule it was not allowed to celebrate its independence, won on November 11, 1918. 5 With 31,000 NATO troops from 24 countries ready for action on Russia’s border, the New York Times Editorial Board called for war: “This is not a drill: NYT Editorial Board lays groundwork for war with Russia. Can’t wait.”6 Ben Bagdikian, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley noted that 90% of the American media was controlled by five corporations and they form a cartel that influences US politics and values.7 Christoph Germann noted too that the “Washington War Party urges Obama to go to War against Assad and the Russians.”8
There were many reasons why the call to war was not heeded. Obama was not going to start a war and ruin his legacy. Besides, he lost one of his top generals US Army Major General John Rossi who was “overwhelmed by his responsibilities” according to the official explanation. Rossi was barely 55, had 33 years of service in the army and was loyal to the country. The announcement of his death was delayed and that caused a great deal of suspicion.
To be continued…
Daniel Davies, “US taking Raqqa could be another way – scene is set for WW III,” national interest.com, also russiainsider.com, 9.11.16.
Tyler Durden, “The Globalists are setting the stage for World War III,” zerohedge.com and russiainsider.com, November 15, 2016.
Johnathan Power, “Peace can be made with Russia,” arabnews.com, November 23, 2016.
Nick Giambruno, “Has World War III already started?” russiainsider.com, October 20, 2016; Julian Robinson, “How to survive war! Lithuanians are handed a 75-page manual … and why you need to pack condoms,” dailymail.co.uk, October 29, 2016.
“Poland celebrates independence Day on November 11,” warsawvoice.pl, November 11, 2016.
Riley Waggaman, “This is not a drill: NYT Editorial Board lays groundwork for war with Russia. Can’t wait,” russiainsider.com, September 30, 2016.
“USA media jackals: five corporations own 90% of the media,” pravdareport.com, November 17, 2016.
Henry currently resides in Canada.
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