The financial storm currently brewing around the sanctions showdown between the US and Russia is just the beginning of the tipping point for all three major empires involved in the crisis: The United States, The European Union and the Russian Federation. They are all irrevocably corrupt and rotten to the core. Therefore expect some desperate power plays and reckless aggression coming from all parties involved in the coming months and years.
European leaders motivation for including Ukraine (or what’s left of it) in the European Union are obviously clear: Europe is in shambles and needs to extract more tax revenue looted from Ukraine by IMF austerity dictatorship. Second, Europe would gain a more secure supply of natural gas. The reason: 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas comes from Russia, but is transited through Ukraine. If Ukraine was to be taken over by Russia, 30 percent of Europe’s gas needs would become 100 percent at the mercy of Putin.(Keep in mind, though, that Ukraine’s gold reserves have already been looted , apparently by those Blackwater mercenaries in Kiev, and flown to the US).
Europe is a dying empire with jobs being hemorrhaged,personal income falling and social services deteriorating. The youth in Europe are already being called “the lost generation”. According to the international charity Oxfam, nearly 1 in 10 working households in Europe now live in poverty. And it warns up to 25 million more Europeans are at risk of poverty by 2025. Hence the willingness of NATO to engage in the dubious practice of unleashing Nazi mercenaries to take over western Ukraine and the gas pipeline routes there, as we’ve scooped in the early phase of the crisis.
Russia, on the other hand, is rife with corruption and is led by a totalitarian apparatus composed of KGB veterans running giant oil and gas state monopolies, as well as Russian Mafia elements. There is also an extensive military industrial complex responsible for Russia’s sole export market other then natural resources which plays a significant role in the regime’s strategy.
It is the same regime that funds the RT “news” propaganda machine. If Russia prevails over the west in this prolonged quagmire, the regime will have successfully secure the perception management of gullible western audiences who are dissatisfied with corporate propaganda venues in their own countries (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) and have thus become highly conditioned to worship Russian foreign policy in its sugar coated version as displayed in RT (which gained their trust by focusing exclusively on western corruption while ignoring the abuses of the Russian government at home, such as Putin’s policy to flood Moscow and other Russian cities with Caucasian Muslim immigrants, which isn’t very different from Obama’s affinity for illegal immigration in the US)
Putin – the regime’s current public face – is focused on rebuilding the territories of the former Soviet Union. On several occasions, Putin has stated that he believes the greatest single event of the 20th century was not the collapse of communism, but the loss of its territories. He has already occupied a natural gas distribution center near the village of Strilkove in the Crimean Peninsula. Coming next in this new emerging conflict will be the Baltic states (who are already turning to Germany for protection), then perhaps the rest of Eastern Europe. NATO’s current weakness and incompetence could suggest that Russia is alraedy turning the tables on the west’s Balkanization plans for the Eurasian powers.
In short, Putin is on a path for revenue, from the additional taxes he could reap by winning back former Soviet Bloc territories, and from securing natural resources and supply routes. Ukraine is a perfect starting point as a former territory with Russian as its most common first language. It’s also a country weakened by the massive corruption of its former President Yanukovych, who is said to have pilfered the country for as much as $38 billion that he has hidden away in foreign bank accounts, and who is now under Russian protection (probably for the sake of the aforementioned financial bonanza…).
Ukraine is also the breadbasket of Eastern Europe, and a major transit route for natural gas flowing from Russia to Europe. It is also home to vast untapped sources of natural gas in its adjoining Black Sea — estimated at nearly 3 trillion cubic meters — which Russia would annex by taking Ukraine. Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil (all descendants of Rockefeller’s monstrous ‘Standard oil’) have already signed deals with Ukraine to explore, develop and produce the natural gas. By taking Crimea or the entire Ukraine Putin is challenging the equally corrupt and bankrupt American petro-oligarchy (covert geostrategic swaps not withstanding).
World war III may have already begun. So far it is a ‘soft war’ of economic power plays, color revolutions and guerrilla skirmishes, but miscalculations and sheer incompetence by either side of the equation could plunge the international system to a far more dangerous phase of full scale wars and economic meltdown spanning the entire globe.