If You Can Control The Money, You Can Control An Empire
Last night, I ran across this little gem, “Beware Putin’s Special War in 2015.” An interesting read, from a… certain… perspective. The author makes the point that we’ve backed Russia into a corner, and like a cornered animal, they may lash out, by making war. The premise is that the sanctions made by the USA, NATO and the EU are in response to Russia’s aggression.
WHAT IS UKRAINE TODAY?
The Ukraine government that currently exists is a bought-and-paid-for product. The price tag? $5 Billion, as plainly stated by Victoria Nuland in her intercepted cell-phone call. The events in Ukraine were spawned by American interference, buying a coup in another country on the border with Russia. But that’s no surprise, we (America) have used either money or lethal force to overthrow governments all over the world, for decades. So what makes Ukraine different than other countries? Not much, except their bordering Russia.
As Paul Craig Roberts has discussed at length, the USA now is a hegemonic empire, much like Great Britain was for a few hundred years. The British perfected the art of pitting enemies against each other, so that they could not join forces to challenge Britain. The USA is doing the same thing, except we’re more heavy-handed. We Americans lack the finesse that the British displayed, to put it bluntly. And the current empire faces a completely new problem that undermines their ability to create a unifying message to rally the common people: the internet. They must therefore act more brazen in their actions and also their propaganda, to simply overwhelm the truth with myriad lies which will promote the agenda.
But all empires rely on something very simple: money.
If you can control the money, you can control an empire.
Every country that has been invaded/overthrown/ revolted (think the “Arab Spring” and “Orange” revolutions, bought and paid for with US dollars) since 9/11, fell after they challenged the existing monetary order. That is, they wanted to buy and sell products in some currency or commodity OTHER than US dollars. Indeed, it could easily be argued that this trend has been on-going since the fall of the Soviet Union. If some minor country chose to buck the US dollar system, their government would quickly be overthrown, assassinated or in some other way disposed of or derailed. As a military veteran, it pains me to realize that everything I believed in was a lie; it was and always will be about money.
Those countries that use (or have ability to use) currencies or commodities that bypass dollars, are a threat to the empire. That means China, India and Russia are the enemies.
China can’t be directly challenged, for a variety of reasons, but the ascension of the Yuan to worlds’ reserve status can be delayed if Russia is sent to the woodshed.
Here, we need to insert a thumbnail historical sketch of what has been going on in Ukraine over the past few years.
In 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych was elected with strong support from the Russian-speaking regions of Crimea, Southern and Eastern Ukraine. He was against Ukraine membership into the EU, and chose to pursue stronger relations with Russia. But in November 2013, the Euromaidan revolution began, financed directly by American agencies and money, for a pro-EU government which would be more friendly to American interests. In February 2014 amid heavy protesting and riots, Yanukovych fled for Kharkiv, Russia, and the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove him from his post despite sufficient votes to succeed in accordance with their Constitution.
So Yanukovych leaves, and (as Victoria Nuland of the U.S. State Department apparently decided) “Yats,” or Arseniy Yatsenyuk, should be the next the new leader after Yanukovych’s removal. What makes Yats unique is that he was VERY much for EU membership, and extremely nationalistic in his views. He also views the other Eastern European states with some measure of hostility, preferring the Western associations of the EU. In short, Yats is a socialist that can be bought for cheap, and has no problem with being hostile to Russia.
No wonder the CIA wanted him to come to power.
There was, however, a small problem, in the Russia has their Black Sea fleet stationed in Crimea, in accordance with the Kharkiv Pact. That is, Russia has a lease on the Crimean peninsula until 2042. It was originally signed in 1997, and there have been continuations of that lease since then. While Ukraine claims ownership of Crimea, the reality is that the Crimean peninsula is that of an independent republic. That is, they are and have always been a legally autonomous region.
Thus, when Ukraine decided to revolt against their own legally elected government and install a newly bought American puppet government, Crimea was under no legal duty or obligation to follow along with the new governments’ edicts.
As well, the majority of Crimean citizens identify themselves as Russian, and speak Russian, not Ukrainian.
Thus, the (up to) 25,000 Russian troops that were contractually stationed in Sevastopol prior to the overthrow of the government in Ukraine merely stayed where they were, and kept the peace. Crimean citizens held a referendum, and voted to join Russia. A week later, the Russian Duma cancelled the legal obligations of the lease with Crimea, since they had voted to join Russia.
The takeaway from this event was that Russia did not “annex” Crimea (an accusation that intentionally harkens back to Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland). The Crimean citizens did it of their own free will, having the legal right to do so. There are myriad other examples where similar votes have occurred; what makes this different is that it interfered with the American desire to strip Russia of a key military base in Sevastopol which is necessary for military defense.
The next fly in the ointment, was the outgoing President enjoyed strong popularity from Ukrainian residents in the eastern side of Ukraine, mainly Russian-speaking citizens who identify themselves as Russian people, not Ukrainian. When the revolution occurred, they viewed the ouster of Yanukovych as illegal, and therefore did not support the new puppet, Yats. Their refusal to submit to the new government then led to their efforts to incorporate protests throughout the south and eastern portions of Ukraine. This eventually led to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions declaring themselves independent, to which Ukraine responded with military forces (called the Battle of Donbass). That battle is currently under a cease-fire, but is by no means resolved.
From June to September of 2014, there were accusations of Russia sending in small numbers of tanks and troops to the disputed regions in Eastern Ukraine, but none of these instances were substantiated; claims that the tanks were Russian are irrelevant, since pretty much every piece of military hardware in the region originated in the Soviet Union/Russia.
The separatists have repeatedly requested military assistance from Russia, and have been rebuffed each time. While the Russian people have donated food, blankets and clothes, military troops have gone so far as to fight for the separatists while on leave. None of these actions have been done with the support of the Russian government.
6th ANNUAL BRICS SUMMIT
From July 15-17, 2014, Russian President Putin was in Fortaleza, Brazil, attending the 6th annual meeting of the BRICs. Why does this matter? Because they decided to start their own bank, to take on the International Monetary Fund, with starting funds of $100 billion, in CASH. This is important because this would provide an alternative to the obviously corrupt (and largely bankrupt) western banking system.
In other words, they just announced they’re going to perform the coup de grace to an already-dying dollar. Remember, when you control the money, you can control an empire. Conversely, if you kill the currency of an empire, you kill the empire itself. This therefore represents an existential threat to the continued hegemony of America. Something had to be done.
Immediately following the conclusion of the BRICs summit, President Putin was flying back to Moscow. The Russian Presidential jet is white with red and blue stripes running the length of the plane. Malaysian Airlines paints their planes almost identically. A source who wanted to remain anonymous discussed this point:
“The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the coloring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical.”
The route and timing of Putin’s return flight to Moscow, was very close to that of MH17. The anonymous source:
“I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft – 15:44 Moscow time.”
So the planes looked almost identical in paint schemes. The one difference- that the Russian plane had four engines, while MH17 had two- would be very difficult to see, since it was late at night.
The logical conclusion was that the downing of MH17 was an assassination attempt on Putin, but the job was botched. Had it succeeded, it could have been blamed on the separatists in the Donetsk region, thereby stripping any support to the group, and allowing American interests to prevail. As well, with Putin dead, the possibility of a banking system that could challenge the IMF would be dealt a serious set-back.
As it so happens, there were enough independent data points to confirm that MH17 was not shot down by a surface-to-air missile, but by an SU25 fighter jet. I would suggest going to the link, and examine the data points and photographic evidence for yourself. The photos, when examined closely, easily destroy the entire western narrative regarding the downing of MH17. The linked summary is… compelling.
The “aggression” of Russia with regard to Ukraine or Crimea is simply a well-concerted propaganda campaign, to demonize one of only two countries of sufficient strength and economic power to challenge American hegemony. As well, a justification needs to be created (like the Gulf of Tonkin incident) to rally the American people behind so that war can be started with the “enemy.”
After Georgian troops on the orders of President Saakashvili invaded Ossetia; Russia responded by sending in enough troops to overwhelm any opposition. In the case of Georgia, they only needed 20,000 troops (total between stationed and transported to the region), and crushed the Georgian army in only four days.
There’s nothing in Ukraine that Russia wants; no real resources they don’t already have plenty of, no extra real estate they need… Russia doesn’t want them or need them. And if Russia were so inclined to be aggressive towards Ukraine, they would most likely do the same thing they did in Georgia; send in overwhelming forces to crush Ukraine in a matter of hours or days. The reports of “secret” convoys or supplies being sent to the separatists in Ukraine is absurd; Russia could send in 50,000 or 100,000 troops, and there’d be nothing to stop them.
So the narrative being fed to Americans (and the Western world) is a pack of lies, designed to whip up support for a war against Russia. The sanctions to tame Russian “aggression,” by definition cannot work, since Russia is not the aggressor; America is.
The USA and all of its puppets in the EU lack the financial muscle to directly challenge the BRICs nations; they’re corrupt, they’re bankrupt and they’re dying. They’re losing their financial power (remember, they control the money, so they control the empire), and the desperation is setting in. Beyond crushing any financial challenges coming at them, they’ve only one option left to challenge threats to their empire: war.
The sanctions cannot possibly isolate Russia, a self-sustaining economy, any more than they could succeed against Cuba, an island nation. Even worse, the sanctions have now driven Russia into the open arms of China, who do not have America’s interests at heart. The results are that the IMF will be challenged directly, as the new BRICs bank goes online Monday, December 29, 2014. This means the days of the IMF- and the dollar- are now numbered.
It’s only a matter of time before the dollar is dropped as the worlds’ reserve currency, which will cause a “reset” in the USA of dramatic proportions, as the price of all imported goods skyrockets. After the reserve status of the dollar is lost, all the funny-money printed and sent around the world will come back to the United States quickly, as everyone dumps the dollar for something more stable. This will result in severe inflation, and possibly a hyperinflationary economic collapse. Think “Great Depression,” but 100 times worse.
There is a general mood in America that something isn’t “right,” that disaster or “doom” is coming. This is reflected in the trend for Americans to become “preppers” or survivalists or whatever term you care to use. This trend is an indication of diminishing faith in government benevolence- or even competence- and is now being recognized by the mainstream media as a growing trend. People may not understand what is happening, but in their guts they feel it.
As Paul Craig Roberts recently noted in an essay, we are very much at the brink of either nuclear war or total economic collapse. As to the question of which one will occur (if not both), and which would be preferable, he said
“As hard as collapse would make it for people to survive, the chances for survival are higher than in the event of nuclear war.”
Have no illusions; we are already in the middle of a world war, but it’s a financial war right now. When one side or the other decides they no longer have a realistic chance of winning, then there is a real possibility of a shooting war starting. The western world has enjoyed the advantages of built-in infrastructure, a compliant media and long-running propaganda campaign, but the eastern world is quickly advancing, and using new tools that challenge those of the west. It looks like the eastern world will quickly overtake the west, with regard to economic power.
What happens next, remains to be seen. Will it be a shooting war, to cover and forever bury the corruption that has gone on so long in the west? Will an economic collapse plunge the west into a generations-long depression? After all, the west lives in the shadow of a mountain of debt so large and unpayable, the only other historical example of similar magnitude led to what we now refer to as the “Dark Ages” after the collapse of the Roman Empire.
I hope this last point brings home how badly we’ve been hollowed out, as a country. The damage that will be done either by war or economic collapse, I believe, will be biblical in magnitude. Faced with such prospects, those moneyed elites who hold the reins of power, will never willingly let go. They will sacrifice everything and everyone else to maintain that power, until they die.