Putin’s message couldn’t be clearer: The West needs to stop provoking a war we don’t want & which no one can win


Does anyone in the West understand what the real point of Putin’s comments about Russia’s new weaponry?
The Guardian’s coverage (“Putin threatens US arms race with new missiles declaration”) shows us their masters see this as just another chance to cast Russia as a dangerous rogue state. The Times takes a similar line (“Putin unveils his super weapons to defy the West”). Elsewhere Putin’s speech is not only misinterpreted it’s also relegated to sidebars in favour of photos of snow (Telegraph), or dropped into the tiny print at the bottom of the page (New York Times).
The western press has basically opted out of analysing this, so let’s do it for them. Why is Putin talking about the new generation of weapons? What does he hope to achieve?
First and foremost what Putin’s speech – just as all his previous warnings – is ultimately intended to do is avert a pending worldwide catastrophe. The US political class is too fluoridated, too driven by ideologues, too crazy to understand MAD any more. And its current policy, in concert with the EU and NATO, is one of continued unremitting provocation toward Russia, presented through the subservient and frankly stupid corporate media as “responding” to Russian “aggression”.
Since the “aggression” in question is no more than Russia exercising its lawful rights as a sovereign nation, what the US/EU/NATO nexus is actually doing is demanding Russia return to the client status it occupied in the 1990s or face continued threats to its security both physical and financial. They are trying to wear Russia down, convinced that sooner or later, if pressure increases enough, Putin will fold, withdraw from Syria, agree to “co-operate” with Western interests and generally get in line.
This policy only makes (very limited) sense if there is a possibility Russia will agree to these demands. But even a cursory understanding of the situation makes it obvious Russia literally can’t agree to what amounts to assisted suicide. It can’t.
The US/EU/NATO are making threats with no prospect of success. The only rational thing to do is realise this and back off. But instead they apparently think the best thing to do is increase the threat and increase and increase it – in the vain and stupid hope that some day it will work, and with no thought being given to what they will do if it doesn’t.
Despite some claims in alt news outlets, the US have no intention of starting a direct confrontation with Russia. Even they know this will be the end of life on earth.
Their real delusion is not that they can win a nuclear war, but that they can continue to do what the are doing and avoid one.
What Putin is trying to do is wake them up to this reality. To make them see that if things don’t change nuclear war is a near certainty some time pretty soon. Not because anyone is actively seeking it, but because the road they are walking leads nowhere else.
In this he is essentially a man playing poker with an idiot. For the past few years he has has been saying to Uncle Sam, smirking over his useless cards – “look, you are fatally misjudging, we won’t fold because we can’t. Stop bluffing before you bluff yourself into starting a fight no one can win.” Remember this address to the press in 2016?

We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. Your people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger – this is what worries me.
How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction, while they pretend that nothing’s going on? I don’t know how to get through to you anymore

He didn’t get through to them. They listened, or pretended to and went home and continue to tell the same stupid unnecessary lies. In fact it only gets worse. The US continues to up the ante with hysterical fact-lite allegations. US intelligence officals compete to be the most delusional and insane, claiming the United States has been “attacked”. US warships gather in the Black Sea. US troops occupy Syria in defiance of the law, and bring themselves into direct opposition to the Russian forces legally deployed there. New rounds of US sanctions against Russia and its people proliferate, and an atmosphere of hate and fear is being deliberately fostered in which even a suggestion of compromise is regarded as treason. Now most corporate journalists actually believe only “bots” would suggest Russia’s POV is a legitimate consideration. This is a level of demonisation and indoctrination unheard of outside a time of war.
There is no acknowledgement of the historical realities. No awareness of the fact that in this present and completely manufactured “confrontation” with the US/EU/NATO, Russia is being completely reactive. No real discussion of the fact this new generation of weaponry unveiled is nothing but a direct response to the US’s stupid move in quitting the ABM treaty in 2002 and its subsequent development of the Aegis “missile defence system”,currently being deployed in Japan, Eastern Europe and on US warships, and which threatens Russia’s cities in the guise of “defence”.
Russia warned at the time the US abandoned the ABM treaty that this was dangerous and destabilising and would potentially tip the world into war. It told the US years ago it would feel the need to respond to any deployment of Aegis and its ilk. It begged the US to reconsider. But they were deaf and blind.
In that sense the ceremonial unveiling of the new weaponry is a sign the bluff is finally being called. If you think this is good news you’re really not paying attention.
“Nobody wanted to discuss the fundamental problems with us”, Putin said today. “Nobody listened to us. Now you will have to listen!”

To those who for the last 15 years have been trying to provoke an arms race, achieve one-sided superiority over Russia, impose illegal sanctions…I will say this: You now have to acknowledge reality, realise that everything I said is no bluff. Take some time to consider. Stop jeopardising this ship we all sail in – which is called planet Earth.

Is anyone going to listen this time? Is anyone even able to hear? Judging by the zombified corporate media coverage so far – the answer is no.


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Security Analyst
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Reblogged this on securityanalystblog.

Mats and Pats
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I’m listening – I’m scared – I’m team PUTIN!!! He just makes sense…

bevin
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bevin

John Helmer has some interesting observations regarding the longer term consequences of russophobia in Washington.
http://johnhelmer.net/when-vladimir-putin-coughs-the-grippe-is-infectious-kremlin-succession-showdown-starts/#more-18764

vera
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vera

Helmer understands the real Russia and that Putin is destroying it for his own ends.

milosevic
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milosevic

Sure, the “real Russia”, whose sacred destiny is to be a third-world colony for US/EU multinational corporations, as under the glorious Yeltsin regime in the 1990s. Everything was going so well, at least for the foreign corporations and the local traitors, if not the Russian population. And then Evil Vladimir Putin came along, and reasserted Russian national sovereignty, and wrecked all that neoliberal, Chicago-school, gangster-capitalist paradise. And as if saving Russia from the Anglo-Zionist Empire wasn’t already enough, then he went and viciously saved Syria from the drooling Wahabi psychopaths that the Empire had so generously armed, trained, and funded.… Read more »

Soundhealer
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Soundhealer

Spot on, mate.

Catte
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Catte

Helmer has a lot of respect from people, but he sounds increasingly ‘off’ in the last few years. A petty form of Kremlin insider politics seem to dominate more and more of his thinking. Who’s making a power grab, who’s on who’s side. Even Putin’s speech he sees 90% in terms of what factions Helmer thinks VVP was appeasing. Seriously? This is the main issue? And his analysis of the Mueller indictment was not great. He seems to dislike Peskov, or he has a source who does whose insight he fails to question adequately. He’s such a US press corps… Read more »

bevin
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bevin

You may well be right about Helmer. I love the way that he persecutes the odious Krysta Freeland. But so far as this matter of the “succession” is concerned, in my view this is the big question. And the reason for the current outbreak of Russophobia whose purpose is to apply leverage to get the Yeltsin friendly oligarchy back into the driving seat. From the Central Banker through to Medvedev and others the Wall St Fifth Column still has plenty of power in the Kremlin- the hope in Washington is that if Putin is cold shouldered a little more, and… Read more »

rogerglewis
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The resource wars aspects as The world hits the energy CLiff are very pertinent to creating an economics and political economy that does not end in a winner takes all mentality regarding the transition from legacy energy to future energy sources. The transfer inevitably challenges Dollar Hegenomy and that petrodollar aspect has provided the US Establishment with many problems since the Nixon Oil Shock in the early 80’s.
https://surplusenergyeconomics.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/120-the-need-for-new-ideas/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/may/13/1
https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-new-economic-science-of-capitalisms-slow-burn-energy-collapse-d07344fab6be
http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/08/renewableseroi-why-money-doesnt-cut-it.html

Phibbs
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Phibbs

The Jews don’t like Russia because it assists Iran and the Syrian government. And we know who owns the Congress and the media in America!

Admin
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“The Jews” are not a political entity. You mean Israel, presumably, or the Washington neocons. They no more represent “the Jews” than Theresa May represents “caucasian Christians.” Racist reductionism is unhelpful and alienating.

milosevic
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milosevic

“The Jews” are not a political entity. You mean Israel, presumably, or the Washington neocons.
That’s right, it’s only the 97% or 98% of self-identified “Jews” who instinctively cheer for the fascist terror state of Israel, and all its apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes, that are a political entity. The 2% minority of non-fascist, non-racist “Jews”, only cling to that label because of sentimental or family reasons, despite the distress of being constantly mistaken for zionazis. One wonders why they bother, whether it’s really worth it.

Admin
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There are numerous groups and organisations of Jewish people, including large numbers of orthodox Jews, who oppose Zionism and Israel’s persecution of the Palestinian people. Nothing is gained by reductionism and racial stereotyping.

vierotchka
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Including within Israel itself.

Arthur Cadbury
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Arthur Cadbury

An appropriate response to an inappropriate comment !

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Surely it would take a systematic study to determine if there is as much, or more, or less harmony of opinion among white Christians than among Jews, and it might well be issue-specific. We all have our own empirical views on such fact-poor matters but do you have data or are you just expressing what you would like to be, or wish to be, true or are you just value or virtue signalling?

bdangr
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You forgot Israel!!!!!

Ben
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You forgot Israel which is behind this.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

And your evidence for that is?

alaffcreator
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For those who are interested to know a little more about new Russian weapons, just posted a Putin’s speech on new military developments with some additional comments: https://alaff84.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/breakthrough-military-developments-of-the-russian-defense-complex/ In last few years V. Putin hundreds of times said that Russia wants to talk, Russia is ready to talk, Russia knows how to talk (i.e. readiness not only to listen, but also to hear partners), but… with whom to talk? By and large, there are no negotiating partners. Well, yes, maybe there are several normal adequate politicians (first of all, Western), but they either are afraid to boldly express and defend… Read more »

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Gilbert Doctorow makes a good point – how come the US-intel didn’t know about these weapons?
https://consortiumnews.com/2018/03/02/missile-gate-u-s-intel-misses-russias-big-advances-in-nuclear-parity/

John
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John

The US Intel did not know because they are too busy spying on Americans

milosevic
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milosevic

— and making up lies about Iraq, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, and other countries which urgently require pretexts for being bombed and invaded. When the time finally comes to attack Iran, Russia, and China, then the US intelligence agencies will know whatever they need to know, to make that decision seem both necessary and inevitable, whether or not that knowledge has the slightest basis in objective reality. The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded… Read more »

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

“The American people are victims, hardly beneficiaries, of Pax Americana.”
And we have to recognise that most ordinary Americans have no interest in attacking other countries.

milosevic
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milosevic

we have to recognise that most ordinary Americans have no interest in attacking other countries. In that case, maybe they should stop waving their shitty plastic flags and robotically chanting “USA! We’re number one!” and “Support our troops!” every f***ing time it happens. Because eventually, if that kind of thing keeps going on, the rest of the world might get the wrong impression, and start thinking about solutions to the problem that take no account of the interests of the supposed majority of Americans that are just too stupid and ignorant to realize that they don’t actually support what they… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Really? No benefits from the Military Industrial Complex and the manufacturing of war materials and weapons? The US is on a permanent war footing and the people benefit immensely with good paying jobs from all those firms who participate in the criminality. The American people, (and I am one) have a responsibility to guard over and hold their government responsible for it’s actions abroad. The people here are for the most part completely on board and even eager to allow their military any latitude it wants, as long as there are enough volunteers to keep their own sons and daughters… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

The ordinary American has almost no say in what happens. And they still swallow the steady diet of BS about international affairs fed them by their MSM.

lucdevincke
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The American citizen doesn’t know what happens. He is an “intellectal” when if he can show the US on a map. That’s the sole thing that counts ; the US and the flag.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

I’ve read or heard a couple of people talking today about the power of the words, “we, the American people”. They seem to be used a lot in the US. Hypnotic, inclusive, empowering, motivating, life-affirming, protecting (wagons in a circle) purpose defining? Perhaps, sadly, exceptionalism? I guess the MSM feeds into this.

No More Neos
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No More Neos

The US isn’t the real EMPIRE, it’s just the geographical location where “the vultures” have made their latest nest. The world needs to address this predatory virtual nation of banking and transnational thieves that only migrates to the next unfortunate nation-state… Full Spectrum Domino on March 01, 2018 · at 9:14 pm UTC Exactly. America is a nation sublimated by an alien organism called Empire that roosts atop it. The military, even the currency, is in service to the organism. In many respects, America has the most unanswerable institutions on Earth. It’s also more accurate to think of Empire not… Read more »

writerroddis
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writerroddis

You make a good point, No More Neos. So do Thomas and George – vital to think in terms of class not country – but yours points to a burning need for new theory on relations between state and capital. Those relations have not been severed by a globalised imperialist world order, but HAVE changed in ways that leave internationalists struggling to keep up.

mariannewildart
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Reblogged this on and commented:
The Russians are no saints – but they are being demonised. Many are wondering where this will end. I wonder what Arthur Ransome the Lake District’s famous Russophile (buried at Rusland) would have made of this turgid climate of hate. This article hits a chord.

MichaelK
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MichaelK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/02/vladimir-putin-arms-race-russia I spend a lot of time reacting in something close to stunned disbelief at the infantile and crass level of what is laughingly called ‘analysis’ in the Guardian these days. Every time I think things cannot get worse, that the rot has to stop somewhere, they surprise me, continually. Do they seriously believe that Putin is bluffing about these weapons, their destructive capabilities and how they make the West’s preparations for war with Russia totally obsolete? And they choose to personalize and demonize Putin like it’s all a kind of reality show or soap, where we get to vote… Read more »

Christoph
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“In that sense the ceremonial unveiling of the new weaponry is a sign the bluff is finally being called.
If you think this is good news you’re really not paying attention.”
When will the crazies be sent back into the basement?
Or have all adults in DC gone mad as well?

Jim
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Jim

I think you know the answer to that question. Who there is not crazy? Yes, they have certainly gone completely mad.

Harold Smith
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Harold Smith

I think the madness of the corrupt “West” cannot be properly understood from a “worldly” perspective. Trump and his handlers and enablers are what the Bible would describe as “demon-possessed”, IMO; they are also devil-worshipers (they willingly and calculatingly “give worth to evil” in return for worldly gain). And speaking of the Bible, I believe we are witnessing the fulfillment of “end-times” prophecy. The “beast” (first beast of Rev 13 aka fourth beat of Daniel 7) is at a “now or never” moment in its hopeless pursuit of establishing Satan’s kingdom on earth (as per Isaiah 14:13,14). In order to… Read more »

milosevic
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milosevic

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman… Read more »

vierotchka
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(Psssst… it is the Book of Revelation, singular, and not Revelations, plural.)

JOHN CHUCKMAN
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JOHN CHUCKMAN

Thanks for some accurate observations. Your anti-namesake, The Guardian, is busy running the most blatantly ignorant propaganda today on the subject, both an editorial and an article. Here was my comment on the article. Its outrageous editorial permitted no comments: i’m sorry, but I follow these matters closely, and this author is offering something unrecognizable to any informed person. Putin is on record, a number of times, saying Russia will enter no arms race. But he would be an irresponsible leader were he to neglect Russia’s ability to deter aggression, and he most certainly has not done that. The President… Read more »

Admin
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Let us know if that comment is taken down. Maybe take a screen cap of it just in case.

Anon
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Anon

There are 2 ways of looking at this. In 1991 when the cold war ended we immediately had the gulf war and the US managed to keep its defence budget. Then after a failed attempt in the late 90’s we had 911 and the US needed to have the war on terror. This had calmed down by 2008 and with the economic crisis, a new enemy was needed hence the Georgian war. Russia at that point started to re-arm seriously. It was not enough so in 2014 along with the homophobic campaign in the middle of the Sochi Olympics the… Read more »

Theo
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Theo

Good article thanks.Putin has brought Russia back on the world stage again.The Russians love him for that.

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Putin is, really only stating the obvious, that the idea that the West is creating a ‘missile defence shield’ that will protect it during a war with Russia, thereby allowing the West to wipe Russia off the map whilst the West remains unscathed, which means the West ‘wins’ the titanic nuclear struggle… is nonsense and incredibly dangerous, delusional, suicidal nonsense, which is actually bringing war closer because forces in the West seem to believe it. That their ‘shield’ will work destroying the enemy’s ‘spears and arrows’ whilst ours hit their targets and victory is ensured. What’s shocking and disturbing is… Read more »

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

”Putin is, really only stating the obvious, that the idea that the West is creating a ‘missile defence shield’ that will protect it during a war with Russia, thereby allowing the West to wipe Russia off the map whilst the West remains unscathed, which means the West ‘wins’ the titanic nuclear struggle… is nonsense and incredibly dangerous, delusional, suicidal nonsense, which is actually bringing war closer because forces in the West seem to believe it.” Any war between the Russian Federation and the United States would be terminal for both and the rest of the world. INFORMED and SANE American… Read more »

brankabrankov
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You do not know what is worse, war or to live/slow dying under the psychopaths sick and tyrannic control. Yesterday, have read: UK police can issue an arrest warning for trowing snowballs. Could you imagine this???!!! What is the next, will they issue an arrest warning for breathing too much air…

mog
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mog

‘they’re gonna privatise the air,
suck it in like a millionaire’

Michael Leigh
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Michael Leigh

I have lived and worked for a considerable period in the USA for an North American Stock exchange favourite, but honestly I could not like the majority of my business colleagues, because they were totally inflexible in their self-belief ; just like the majority of the worlds religious zionists who believe they are a separate race of humanity. Sure there are a few exceptions to my forgoing generalisations. And I have never found a so self-ignorant peoples elsewhere in the wide world of travel and in the social moments and human intercourse iwith peoples of the majority of the Globe’s… Read more »

vierotchka
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Most Zionists are not religious at all.

ThomPrentice (@ThomPrentice)
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Kennedy and Khruschchev simultaneously resurrect from the grave.