Washington Risks Global War

Historic Sino/Russian Trade Deal Signed
May 22, 2014
Kiev’s War on Freedom
May 23, 2014
Washington Risks Global War
by Stephen Lendman
This writer’s edited and contributed to new book discusses what’s ongoing in depth. It explains why it matters. It sheds light on what’s likely coming.
It’s titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: Why the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Twenty-two distinguished analysts contributed content. They include:
Robert Abele
Michel Chossudovsky
Edward Herman
Nolan Higdon
Michael Hudson
Mickey Huff 
Andrew Kolin
John Kozy
Cynthia McKinney
John McMurty
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Michael Parenti
David Peterson
James Petras
Peter Phillips
Jack Rasmus
Paul Craig Roberts
Rick Rozoff
Rodney Shakespeare
Jeffrey Sommers
Matthew Witt – and this writer.
Chapter topics include:
Introduction: Stephen Lendman 
Washington’s Recklessness Endangers the World: Paul Craig Roberts  
Washington Has Set the World on a Path to War: Paul Craig Roberts 
The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit: Michael Hudson 
Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the 
Boomerang Effect: James Petras 
Ukraine and Regime Change: Michael Parenti 
Ukraine: Another Step in Capitalism’s Global Dominance
Strategies and Power Inside the Transnational Global Corporate Class and US-NATO Global Empire: Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon 
Orange Revolution 2.0: Stephen Lendman 
Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine: Another War Based on Lies, Pretexts, and Profiteering?: Cynthia McKinney 
The Geo-Politics Behind EuroMaidan: Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya  
Crisis in Ukraine: Russia Extends its Control over the 
Black Sea and Strategic Waterways: Michel Chossudovsky  
The Geostrategic Significance of Ukraine in NATO’s Drive to the East: Rick Rozoff 
Who Benefits from the Ukraine Economic Crisis?: Jack Rasmus 
Mother Russia: An Elusive Prize: John Kozy 
Hangover in Ukraine: Treaty of Versailles Spirits Packaged in Bretton Woods Bottles. The Morning After: Jeffrey Sommers 
The Labyrinth of Geography in a Time of Terror: Matthew T. Witt 
Containing Russia: Stephen Lendman 
The Ukraine Crisis and the Propaganda System in Overdrive: 
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson 
The Norms of Justice, International Law, and the ‘Duty to Protect: Robert Abele  
The Odessa Massacre: Stephen Lendman
Ukraine: From Coup to Police State: Andrew Kolin 
The Kiev Putsch: Rebel Workers Take Power in the East: James Petras 
Is Ukraine a Turning Point in History?: Rodney Shakespeare 
Washington Intends Russia’s Demise: Paul Craig Roberts
The Ukraine Crisis: Decoding its Deep Structural Meaning: John McMurtry 
Ukraine is by far the most significant post-WW II geopolitical crisis. Escalating it risks global conflict.
Obama bears full responsibility. Complicit EU partners share it. Putin deserves no blame for their lawlessness.
Washington stops at nothing to advance its imperium. Millions of corpses attest to its barbarity. 
Replacing independent governments with subservient pro-Western ones is longstanding US policy.
Washington-supported Kiev putschists staged the most brazen coup d’etat since Mussolini’s 1922 march on Rome. Claiming otherwise doesn’t wash. It denies reality.
On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Fascist extremism replaced it. Coup plotters seized power. They did so extrajudicially. They began consolidating rule straightaway.
Obama’s new friends are thugs. He elevated a rogue’s gallery of ultranationalist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic societal misfits to power. 
They’re fascists. They’re ruthless. They include extremist neo-Nazi thugs. They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia, other Nazi symbols and Sieg Heil salutes.
They represent mob rule. They’re convenient US stooges. They have no legitimacy whatever.
They’re exploiting Ukrainians nationwide. They’re attacking ordinary citizens. They doing it in Eastern cities. They’re waging war on their own people.
They’re murdering them in cold blood. Right Sector neo-Nazis are involved. So are foreign mercenaries. They’re hired guns.
They’re trained killers. They operate extrajudiciously. They do so with impunity. On direct orders from Washington. Transmitted to Kiev.
Coup-appointed putschists massed troops on Russia’s borders. They did so provocatively. The battle for Ukraine didn’t end with them usurping power.
Potential civil war looms. Regional conflict could follow. At risk is a major East/West confrontation. Its spreading it globally. Preventing it matters most. 
Hegemons operate this way. Washington is the most reckless one in world history. Major conflicts start this way. 
Today is the most perilous time in world history. Potential nuclear war is possible. Preventing the unthinkable matters most.
Hopefully “Flashpoint in Ukraine” will help. Readers will fully understand what’s ongoing. They’ll know why it matters. 
They’ll know who’s to blame. They understand the risk. They’ll realize we’re all in this together. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.
On May 3, Ron Paul headlined “What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?”
Kiev’s “military opened fire on its own citizens,” he said. “Dozens have been killed in violence.” 
Washington blamed victims for Kiev’s crimes. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki turned truth on its head.
She “condemn(ed) the outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russian separatists.” They’re courageous freedom fighters. 
They’re Ukraine’s best and bravest. They reject Kiev putschists. They want fundamental freedoms everyone deserves. They deserve universal support.
“Why are people protesting in eastern Ukraine,” asked Paul? “Because they do not believe the government that came to power after the US-backed uprising in February is legitimate.” 
“They do not recognize the authority of an unelected president and prime minister.”
“Would (Americans) accept an unelected government in Washington put in place with the backing of the Chinese and Iranians?”
Washington “gave full support” to violent Maidan putschists. Now they back cracking down hard on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters.
They falsely accused Putin of supporting them. “The real question is why (Washington) is involved in Ukraine in the first place,” Paul stressed.
We’re “broke. We cannot even fix our own economy. Yet we want to run Ukraine. Does it really matter who Ukrainians elect to represent them?” 
“Is it really a national security matter worth risking a nuclear war with Russia whether Ukraine votes for more regional autonomy and a weaker central government? Isn’t that how the United States was originally conceived?”
“Has the arrogance of the US administration, thinking they should run the world, driven us to the brink of another major war in Europe?” 
“Let us hope they will stop this dangerous game and come to their senses. I say let’s have no war on Ukraine!”
Lunatics infest Obama’s administration. Francis Boyle addressed a possible East/West nuclear war. Washington’s Ukraine policy risks it, he said.
US-led NATO “promot(es) the destabilization and the breakup of Ukraine” for control. It wants its sovereignty co-opted. 
It wants it part of NATO. It wants US bases on Russia’s borders. It wants its heartland targeted. It wants it weakened. 
It wants it increasingly isolated. It wants it made another pro-Western vassal state. It risks global war to achieve its objectives.
US-instigated Cold War 2.0 ruthlessness is out-of-control. It’s madness. It risks open conflict. 
“The Obama administration and NATO are maneuvering humanity into a reverse Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Boyle.
It’s right on Russia’s borders. “Can World War III be far behind,”  asked Boyle? Can cool heads prevail over neocon lunatics influencing US policy? 
Can humanity be saved in time? It bear repeating what previous articles stressed. It’s fate hangs in the balance.
Read “Flashpoint in Ukraine.” World-class independent contributors made it the definitive work on this topic. 
It’s must reading. It explains what everyone needs to know. 
It’s more important now than ever. It bears repeating. We’re all in this together. 
We either survive or perish. There’s no in between. There’s no more dangerous time than now. There’s no more important time to act.
Ordinary people can make a difference. It’s our choice. Survival depends on us.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.