by F. William Engdahl
July 22, 2008
Perhaps the most unsettling aspect of the current US Presidential campaign, aside from the studied avoidance of any serious proposals to address the worst economic depression since the 1930’s, is the fact that both major party candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, have to date been stone silent on the most pressing issue of future war or peace, namely the steps taken by the Bush-Cheney Administration to encircle Russia with a new Iron Curtain of NATO member states, including strenuous efforts to push Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, and to establish an advanced nuclear missile defense system which, from a standpoint of military strategy, far from defense, puts the world on a hair-trigger to nuclear holocaust in the few years ahead.
In this context, it is equally disturbing how the Western major media and the Washington Administration have chosen to ignore what might be a last glimmer of hope for diplomatic resolution of a looming nuclear war by miscalculation. The present policy of the Bush Administration genuinely can be called Mutual Assured Destruction, MAD, as in the brilliant Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove.
[…] The Russian Government in this critical global conjuncture, with US Presidential elections ahead, a growing global financial instability centered in the USA, and an EU elite confused about its place in the shifting world, is proposing three bold new ideas.
First is the creation of a unified North—a United States-EU-Russia alliance that implements coordinated security and economic policies. Russia would offer its natural resources, territorial, scientific and human potential for mutually beneficial integration with Europe and America.
Second, Russia asks that the West recognize the inevitability of the rise of non-Western powers such as especially China and cease trying to block their ascent by sabotage and military action such as occupation of Iraq and key oil sources. Washington and the EU instead should engage with the new powers using collective forums, such as the UN Security Council, to shape a non-confrontational peaceful order.
The third, and perhaps the most bold and most obvious, Medvedev proposes reshaping the present failed global economic order that was built up after 1944 around a US-dominated International Monetary Fund as a de facto neo-colonial weapon of securing cheap raw materials and imposing North dominance on Africa, Latin America and Asian nations. He proposes instead the North share some of its gains with the South before it is too late.
Comment: Mr Engdahl is addressing an issue with as much importance as the price and availability of oil. [He did leave out a piece of the picture: the Western agenda in the 1990’s to break up Yugoslavia and bomb it in 1999 which drove Russia into strategic alliance with China. The Western agenda to encircle Russia is a cold war policy that both Clinton and Bush have continued. If you are stuck in the illusion of American bipolar politics then you criticize Bush but not Clinton, or vice versa. The truth is that both parties are on the same ‘get Russia’ agenda and both parties support the Islamic jihad in the Balkans.] I am amazed that for a second time the West has the one in 500 year opportunity to bring Russia into the Western alliance (how else can you interpret ‘the creation of a unified North’?), which would create a 360 degree northern hemisphere zone of peace and prosperity. We lost the first chance in the 1990’s during Clinton’s watch and I doubt that Bush has any interest, and if you look at the people around both McCain and Obama then it’s a non-starter. Russia, a land that has to look both East and West (study its history), can see the future better than America which thinks it will be king of the mountain forever.