WHY RUSSIA SHUT OFF THE GAS TO THE EU
Michael C. Ruppert
(C) Copyright 2009, Michael C. Ruppert. All Rights Reserved
Russia is carving geoplitical turf like a Thanksgiving turkey. It's electric knife is powered by geography. Both Georgia and Ukraine -- under highly-transitory, pro-Western regimes -- were actually trying to join NATO. Think of that!... Military buffs, think of a bridge at Eindhoven. The U.S. commanded this strategy in hopes of weakening Russian influence in a post-industrial world. The Russians have played a great game of "rope-a-dope" here. Their primary objective is to reassert control over the most Russian country that is not inside Russia herself: Ukraine. Ukraine is almost surrounded now but the following new report on the effects of the gas shut off explains the grander strategy. The countries hardest hit by the shutoff are the eastern European EC member like the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, etc... These are old Warsaw pact regions and they are hurriedly sending ministers on emergency missions to Moscow... To beg!
Let me take a shot at what Medvedev/Putin might convey. (For some reason I just love writing about Russians. They are actually straightforward in ways incomprehensible to the west. They are vastly more efficient from a geopolitical standpoint.)
To the minister from the Czech Republic:
"Tovarich, good to see you again. We are so terribly sorry that Ukraine has caused all this trouble... By the way, how have you enjoyed your experience in the West? Did you find it profitable? How are your prospects looking? This was a mistake made by the government in Ukraine. It chose to commit to the West, and as the West collapses it brings their troubles for all of us. Don't you think so? There is a possibility that we might help restore gas flows to your (small, landlocked, energy-poor) nation. It would be expensive for us and we would expect some concessions. Are you amenable? We can do what they cannot, Tovarich. We can keep you warm and we can feed you... especially if the productive wealth of the Ukarine is not shipped to Western markets. By making Ukraine belong to Mother Russia we will all eat."
Ukraine, regardless of those who might wish otherwise, is, and will always be Russian turf. At the end of the Age of Oil, geography is proving the mightiest force of all and "relocalize" has many meanings.
As someone else said, "The Russians are playing chess and the Americans are playing Monopoly".
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Ruiz, a frequent commenter on this blog, says about the book:
Craig Murray was sacked as the British embassador to Uzbekistan in 2004, after accusing the Karimov administration of human rights abuses and denouncing the use of intelligence gained by torture there. That was the subject of his first book, Murder in Samarkand (2006).
His new book, Catholic Orangemen of Togo, deals with... his adventures in West Africa from 1997 to 2001 as a functionary of the British diplomatic service, from which he retired in 2005 to pursue active opposition to the present UK government.
The book details British mercenary involvement in Africa and its motives. Notably, it addresses the row that erupted over illegal arms shipments from the UK to Sierra Leone and the involvement of the UK High Commissioner Peter Penfold and Tim Spicer in those shipments.
Link for the actual book: http://vencentral.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/catholic-orangemen-of-togo-murray-2008.pdf
If it doesn't work, Ruiz recommends downloading one of the following versions:
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