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Paul Craig Roberts
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Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.

Having served Washington's propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.

Washington's stooge government in Ukraine has not released the communications records between Ukrainian air traffic control and Malaysian flight 17, and Washington has not released the photos it claims were taken by one of its satellites, which was directly overhead at the time of the airliner's demise.

We can safely and conclusively infer from this purposeful withholding of evidence that the evidence does not support the story Washington and Kiev want us to believe.

We can also safely and conclusively infer that the Western media's sudden disinterest in the unresolved story and failure to demand the evidence kept secret by Washington and Kiev is in keeping with the Western media's role as a Ministry of Propaganda.

In other words, Washington and its presstitutes are protecting the lie that Washington and its media vassals successfully spread around the world and have used as the basis for further sanctions that escalate the conflict with Russia. Washington could not possibly make it clearer that it intends to escalate, rather than defuse, the conflict that it alone has orchestrated.

Ditto for the alleged Russian armored column. The Russian government has labeled the story a fantasy, which it clearly is, but nevertheless Washington and its media vassals have left the story in place.

As English is a global language and as the European press follows the lead of the American presstitutes, the propaganda war is stacked against Russia (and China).  Russian and Chinese are not global languages. Indeed, these languages are among the most difficult to learn. The Western media follows Washington's lead, not Moscow's or Beijing's.

As facts are not relevant to the outcome, Moscow and Beijing are in a losing situation in the propaganda war.

The same holds for diplomacy. Washington does not engage in diplomacy. America, which takes pride in thinking of itself as “exceptional”, operates through bribes, threats, and coercion. The Russian government's diplomatic efforts have come to naught. As Russian President Putin has complained, "Washington doesn't listen, the West doesn't hear us."

And yet the Russian government continues to try to deal with the Ukrainian situation using facts and diplomacy. This approach is proving to be very costly to the residents of formerly Russian territories in eastern and southern Ukraine. These people are being killed by air and artillery strikes against their homes and infrastructure. Large numbers of these people have been displaced by the Ukrainian attacks and are refugees in Russia. The Western media does not report the violence that Washington's stooge government in Kiev is inflicting on these people. The Western media speaks only with Washington's voice: "It is all Russia's fault."

The crisis would have been prevented if the Russian government had accepted the provinces’ request to be reunited with Russia, as was the case in Crimea.  However, the Russian government decided to avoid any decision that Washington could misrepresent as "invasion and annexation," thinking that Europe would see Russia's unprovocative behavior as reassuring and resist Washington's pressure to enter a conflict with Russia.

In my opinion, the Russian government over-estimated the power of diplomacy in the West.  Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them.

In the 23 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Russians have been of the opinion that Washington, not the Soviet government, was the party to be trusted in the Cold War. What the Russian government has learned recently is that Washington cannot be trusted and that the Soviet government's suspicions of the West were very well founded.

Kiev's military assault on eastern and southern Ukraine is not going to stop because Europeans finally see the light and object.  Europeans not only stood aside for over a decade while Washington bombed civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as organized outside forces to attack Syrians, while isolating Iran for military attack. It also actively participated in the attacks.  Europe has stood aside while Israel has massacred Palestinians on numerous occasions. For Russia to rely on Europe's moral conscience is to rely on something that does not exist.

The continued slaughter and destruction of the Russian populations in eastern and southern Ukraine will eventually demoralize the Russian people and undermine their support of Putin's government for failing to halt it. The Russian government's acceptance of the slaughter makes Russia look weak and encourages more aggression against Russia.

If the Russian government intends to resolve its problems in Ukraine and to forestall Washington's ability to further erode Russia's political and economic relationships with Europe with more sanctions, the Russian government will have to turn to more forceful measures.

In Ukraine, the Russian government has two alternatives.  One is to announce that the ongoing slaughter and the unresponsiveness of Kiev and its Western backers to Russia's efforts to end the killing with a diplomatic settlement has caused Russia to reconsider the provinces' requests to be reunited with Russia and that any further attacks on these territories will be regarded as attacks on Russia and be met with devastating military response.

The other alternative is for Putin to meet privately with Washington's stooge and convey to the corrupt oligarch that enough is enough and that if the attacks continue, Russia will accept the requests for reunification and protect the provinces. Putin would explain to Washington's stooge that if he wants to retain the former Russian territories as part of Ukraine, he will have to work out satisfactory arrangements with the provinces. In other words, Putin would deliver an ultimatum, one that required an immediate answer so that the stooge couldn't run to Washington and Washington would not have time to create new propaganda.

Karl Marx regarded morality as a rationale for class interests.  As each class created a morality to justify its interests, there was no basis for good will between people. With reform impossible, violence becomes the only effective method of change. Washington has its own version of Marx's doctrine. History has chosen the US, the exceptional country, to prevail despite other countries' interests. Prevailing, in this sense, rules out diplomacy, which requires compromise.  Therefore, Washington, like Marx, relies on violence.

The Russian government cannot rely on diplomacy and good will if the West is relying on violence.

Perhaps a solution could be found by President Putin meeting separately with Merkel and Hollande and explaining that Russia cannot indefinitely accept sanctions based on lies and propaganda without taking more determined steps than its current sanctions against European agricultural products. Putin could make it clear that if Europe continues to accommodate Washington's assault on Russia, the flow of energy could be restricted or be turned off.

Additionally, President Putin might explain to the European leaders that the dynamics of Washington's campaign to demonize Russia could escape control and result in a war that would devastate Europe. Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington's foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington's, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to the Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe's security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington's guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

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