If you want a concise and fairly accurate report on why Russia decided to invade Ukraine, then pick up Benjamin Abelow’s How the West Brought War to Ukraine: Understanding How U.S. and NATO Policies Led to Crisis, War, and the Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe.
Abelow is a historian and medical doctor, and his sources are highly accessible to scholars and journalists. We will be discussing the contents of the book from time to time at VT, and here we want to highlight some of the points that he raises in the first few pages of the book.
In his book On Bullshit, Princeton philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt asserts that “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes its shares.”
Frankfurt defines “bullshit” as speeches that seek to persuade without any regard whatsoever for truth and honesty. You may object to Frankfurt’s use of the word, but take a look at what is actually happening in the media, particularly when it comes to the Russia/Ukraine war.
For example, Yahoo News has recently perpetuated: “Putin has given up on ambitions to conquer Ukraine after military losses that could take a decade to repair, says US intel.” In a similar vein, the Daily Beast declared: “Intel Signals Putin’s Dream of a Total Takeover Is Now Dashed.”
Seriously? Where have these people been over the past few months? The New York Times, the Washington Post, and all the controlled media have been perpetuating the claim that Russia is on a suicidal, genocidal, and diabolical path. Yet none of those news outlets have been able to tell their readers why Russia had enough of NATO and indeed the United States.
We have said in the past that Russia is right in line with rational thought when it comes to Ukraine, and Abelow indirectly makes this very point. For example, Abelow declares on the Monroe doctrine:
“Any foreign power that places military forces near U.S. territory knows it is crossing a red line. U.S. policy thus embodies a conviction that where a potential opponent places its forces is crucially important. In fact, this conviction is the cornerstone of American foreign and military policy, and its violation is considered reason for war. Yet when it comes to Russia, the United States and its NATO allies have acted for decades in disregard of this same principle.”
Abelow argues that Russia is following the same line of thinking. Abelow gives one example after another proving or showing that
“The underlying cause of the war lies not in an unbridled expansionism of Mr. Putin, or in paranoid delusions of military planners in the Kremlin, but in a 30-year history of Western provocations, directed at Russia, that began during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and continued to the start of the war. These provocations placed Russia in an untenable situation, for which war seemed, to Mr. Putin and his military staff, the only workable solution. Expanded NATO over a thousand miles eastward, pressing it toward Russia’s borders, in disregard of assurances previously given to Moscow.”
We will discuss some of those issues again later this month. Let us conclude with a quotation by Gilbert Doctorow:
“Be careful what you wish for. Russia has more nuclear weapons than the United States. Russia has more modern weapons than the United States. Russia can level to the ground the United States in 30 minutes. Is this a country in which you wan to create turmoil?
“Moreover, if Mr. Putin were to be overturned, who would take his place? Some little mamby-pamby? Some new drunkard like [first Russian president Boris] Yeltsin? Or somebody who is a Rambo and just ready to push the button?…I think it is extremely imprudent for a country like the United States to invoke regime change in a country like Russia. It’s almost suicidal.”
 Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), 1-2.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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The USA is being operated by the Satanic Bankers, not the citizens of the USA. Obviously. None of us want anything to do with the Ukraine.
Andrew – agreed; long life and good health to Mr. Putin. I worry about the future; I hope his eventual successor will be as level-headed and responsible. Clearly the vultures still circle and a return to the immediate post – Soviet state of affairs would be bad news for a renascent Russia as well as the rest of us.
Hard to believe, but the U.S. once had the makings of it’s own distinctive culture. To me it seems that it has lost whatever soul it once had; it doesn’t even feel like a country anymore but rather a zombie state controlled by a consortium of Bond villains.
I keep an eye on the USA & EU 24/7 and i understand what’s going on there. Very sad fact..
Andrew, well said. The people in the West and moreso here in America would not wake up and smell the coffee , my guess is that they are waiting for the nuclear bombs to start flying, at which time it will be too late.
We refer to a being called Alexander the great , not the one mad man from Greece, but to a historical ESKANDAR the great, which will interfere the history 2 times, one time it was in the time of blockade on GOG and Magog and contained them behind the barriers, one time it is the epoch of fight against Gog and MAGOG into the world affairs !
Today we have the Illuminati alien GOG and Magog Jews, who are committing crime across the world affair again, from a HQ in Helaviv. The secret Capital for all crime on this planet, all the Data Communication Fake Voting Machines , Money printing, hideout for all cabal Criminals, spies and agent operative drug Cartels and hijackers, ISIS Commando center ….. ADL AIPAC , Revolts Color Revolution, LGTBIQ INTIFA IRGUN Terror Troops and Missile guiding, Oil and Gas seizing , Scientist killing , …..
The Only person can fight these Annunaki Cabal Criminals elite alien is called Vladimir Putin ! A man with a divine mission to eradicate these equal animals ! The one , who is going to send the GOG and MAGOG back behind their barriers, until the lord is coming for a II time !
Putin has to be killed because he is fighting the inhuman anti Christ cabals ! No man in the world is standing so firm against them as is Putin, that is the reason the Cabals are behind him ! The Ukraine is the Platform to fight against holy orthodoxy, seizing churches , burning them down arresting the Preachers .. these are the sign of a anti Christ enslave Goym Ukraine. No way is Ukraine a Nazi State , they are further more nazified by Zionist Jew Mafia for their own agenda.
– I live in Patagonia Argentina. When I heard about the drone attack on the Kremlin my blood ran cold. I asked – and I ask – God not to let Putin lose his cool. Because I know perfectly well that Putin knows that the USA is responsible. And that in a 3rd WW, all existing atomic weapons will be used. And even I, who lived almost on another planet (because of the distance) will be affected. We pray that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is enlightened by God, as until now, and that he receives patience, wisdom, and decency, so absent from our political leaders in the West.
– Vivo en Patagonia Argentina. Cuando supe del ataque del dron al Kremlin se me heló la sangre. Pedí – y pido – a Dios que no deje que Putin pierda la calma. Por que se perfectamente que Putin sabe que es USA el responsable. Y que en una 3° WW, se utilizarán todas las armas atomicas que existen. Y hasta yo, que vivi casi en otro planeta ( por la ditancia) seré afectado. Roguemos que Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin sea iluminado por Dios , como hasta ahora, y que prive en él, la paciencia, la sabiduría, y la decencia, tan ausentes de lnuestros dirigentes políticos en Occidente.
If Russia can destroy the US in 30 minutes, then it doesn’t seem to make any military sense not to; certainly, if the advantage was America’s we wouldn’t hesitate for a second.
The collective West should pray for Putin and his health. He is the brightest, smartest, competent and balanced politician. Unlike stupid political “students” and old senile people in the West. The world is still alive thanks to Putin…