Monday, June 19, 2023

The West’s proxy war with Russia

Nearly all the Western news about the Ukraine War is anti-Russia, so it is useful to hear the Russian view.

RT reports:

By the time the conflict in Ukraine is resolved, Kiev will have accepted the loss of its former territories, and Western-led globalization will be dead, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RT Arabic on Friday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Lavrov described the West’s proxy war with Russia as “a geopolitical conflict,” in which the US was attempting to eliminate a powerful competitor and “preserve its hegemonic position by all means.”

“The attempt is futile, and we all know this,” Lavrov stated, adding that Ukraine and its backers will be forced to accept new “concrete realities” before a ceasefire is reached.

Firstly, Kiev must accept that any potential peace agreement will need to take into account the loss of the Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporozhye Regions, which voted to join the Russian Federation last year. Before sending its military into Ukraine, Moscow offered more generous terms, and Lavrov warned on Friday that “the longer they put off talks, the more difficult it will be for them to reach an agreement with us.”

I think it is correct to say that the West is waging a proxy war against Russia, and that it is a geopolitical conflict. The West has decided to destroy Ukraine for the sake of weakening Russia. I do not think it is going to work.

The NY Times reports:

A dam in Ukraine was designed to withstand almost any attack imaginable — from the outside. The evidence suggests Russia blew it up from within. ...

Deep inside the dam was an Achilles’ heel. And because the dam was built during Soviet times, Moscow had every page of the engineering drawings and knew where it was. ...

This has led to suggestions that the dam may have merely fallen victim to the accumulated damage, which Russia has seized on to deny responsibility.

But multiple lines of evidence reviewed by The New York Times, from original engineering plans to interviews with engineers who study dam failures, support a different explanation: that the collapse of the dam was no accident. The catastrophic failure of its underlying concrete foundation was very unlikely to occur on its own.

I find this unconvincing. Okay, Russia had the engineering drawings. But apparently the NY Times does also, so I suspect that Ukraine did also. Both Russia and Ukraine knew how to destroy the dam.

I do not know why Russia would destroy it, and it seemed more likely to me that Ukraine did. I cannot trust either side to tell the truth. And I cannot trust the American govt or the NY Times.

The NY Times tried to convince us that the Russians blew up the Nord Stream pipelines. Now it says Ukrainians did it. The USA govt surely knows, but refuses to tell us.


MikeAdamson said...

Odd that the West is criticizing a country that has invaded its neighbour.

CFT said...

No Mike,
What's 'odd' is who is paying for most of the war in the Ukraine. It isn't Europe, which can't apparently handle their own lighting bills, much less finance a war in their own backyard, much less cough up the soldiers to fight in it. Please also note carefully that unlike certain middle eastern countries the United States government likes to play god in by pushing folks around, Russia actually has tactical nuclear weapons. This means the USA can't play god in Ukraine...unless the Europeans are ready to solve their energy problems by glowing in the dark.