US Instigated Cold War 2.0 Risks Getting Hot

US Neocons Promote Escalated War on Syria
September 30, 2016
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US Instigated Cold War 2.0 Risks Getting Hot
by Stephen Lendman
Intense Russia bashing largely directed at Vladimir Putin seems heading inexorably toward open conflict – unthinkable war between the world’s leading nuclear powers, humanity’s fate up for grabs if instigated.
Putin and Sergey Lavrov are the world’s preeminent peace and stability advocates, deploring war, wanting geopolitical disputes resolved diplomatically, notably in Syria and Ukraine, dangerous world flashpoints because of US imperial madness.
America systematically undermines Russia’s best conflict resolution efforts, wanting war, not peace, disgracefully blaming Putin for US high crimes and obstructionism. 
Conflict in Syria risks boiling over into something much more serious – escalated, not resolved or defused, America more directly involved, clashes between US and Russian forces possibly occurring – a prescription for exploding into all-out war.
The New York Times is America’s leading proliferator of state-sponsored propaganda, especially on geopolitical issues. It’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-Putin, its latest broadside calling him a “disrupter,” deplorably saying:
“Escalating airstrikes in Syria. Sophisticated cyberattacks, apparently intended to influence the American election. New evidence of complicity in shooting down a civilian airliner.”
“The behavior of Russia in the last few weeks has echoes of some of the uglier moments of the Cold War…”
Fact: Russia’s involvement in Syria deserves world praise and support, not shameless bashing.
Fact: No evidence whatever links its government to cyberattacks or other attempts to interfere with America’s electoral process.
Fact: Ukraine, almost certainly complicit with Washington, downed MH17 – not Russia, not Donbass freedom fighters. No evidence links them to the crime.
Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for instigating Cold War 2.0, risking direct confrontation between both countries.
Fact: The Russian Federation hasn’t attacked another country throughout its existence. America wages permanent wars against nonbelligerent nations – the supreme crime against peace.
The Times calling Putin “the great disrupter of American plans around the globe” sounds like backhanded praise. He deserves universal admiration for combating US-created and supported terrorists in Syria.
“Disrupting” US imperial lawlessness is badly needed, with committed determination to challenge it effectively. Humanity’s fate depends on it succeeding – short of nuclear war no one can win.
According to The Times, citing dubious unnamed US intelligence sources, “Putin has played his hand skillfully, stringing along…John Kerry in a yearlong negotiation over cease-fires and political transitions in Syria, all the while bolstering their proxy, President Bashar al-Assad.”
Fact: No nation works harder for conflict resolution in Syria than Russia – none more obstructionist than America, undermining its best efforts.
Fact: Helping Syrians and their leadership preserve and protect their sovereign independence and territorial integrity deserves universal praise – not disgraceful Times bashing.
Fact: Russia alone continues going all-out to resolve conflict in Ukraine. America and its illegitimate installed putschists undermine its best efforts.
Not according to The Times, wrongfully accusing Moscow of breaching commitments it wholeheartedly endorses.
While ignoring provocative US actions risking eventual war with Russia, it shamelessly bashes Putin, inventing reasons because none exist, blaming him for America’s imperial crimes.
A Final Comment
September 30 marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s aerial campaign in Syria, effectively combating US-supported terrorists, letting government ground forces retake earlier lost territory.
Putin’s responsible decision to intervene, at the request of Syria’s government, may eventually become the difference between liberation over US-installed tyrannical rule.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at
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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.