Washington Risks Nuclear War by Miscalculation

By F William Engdahl

11/08/08 “Market Oracle” — – The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era—a thermonuclear war between Russia and the United States—by miscalculation. What is playing out in the Caucasus is being reported in US media in an alarmingly misleading light, making Moscow appear the lone aggressor. The question is whether George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are encouraging the unstable Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili in order to force the next US President to back the NATO military agenda of the Bush Doctrine. This time Washington may have badly misjudged the possibilities, as it did in Iraq , but this time with possible nuclear consequences.

The underlying issue, as I stressed in my July 11 piece in this space, Georgien, Washington, Moskau: Atomarer geopolitischer Machtpoker , is the fact that since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991 one after another former member as well as former states of the USSR have been coaxed and in many cases bribed with false promises by Washington into joining the counter organization, NATO.

Rather than initiate discussions after the 1991 dissolution of the Warsaw Pact about a systematic dissolution of NATO, Washington has systematically converted NATO into what can only be called the military vehicle of an American global imperial rule, linked by a network of military bases from Kosovo to Poland to Turkey to Iraq and Afghanistan . In 1999, former Warsaw Pact members Hungary , Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO. Bulgaria , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania , Romania , and Slovakia followed suit in March 2004. Now Washington is putting immense pressure on the EU members of NATO, especially Germany and France , that they vote in December to admit Georgia and Ukraine .

The roots of the conflict

The specific conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia and Abkhazia has its roots in the following. First, the Southern Ossetes , who until 1990 formed an autonomous region of the Georgian Soviet republic, seek to unite in one state with their co-ethnics in North Ossetia , an autonomous republic of the Russian Soviet republic and now the Russian Federation . There is an historically grounded Ossete fear of violent Georgian nationalism and the experience of Georgian hatred of ethnic minorities under then Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia, which the Ossetes see again under Georgian President, Mikhel Saakashvili. Saakashvili was brought to power with US financing and US covert regime change activities in December 2003 in what was called the Rose Revolution. Now the thorns of that rose are causing blood to spill.

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Wow…pretty dang embarrassing. I think the Chinese were making point and we got it loud and clear.

American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk – a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.

By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.

According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.

The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.

And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.

According to the Nato source, the encounter has forced a serious re-think of American and Nato naval strategy as commanders reconsider the level of threat from potentially hostile Chinese submarines.

It also led to tense diplomatic exchanges, with shaken American diplomats demanding to know why the submarine was “shadowing” the U.S. fleet while Beijing pleaded ignorance and dismissed the affair as coincidence.

Analysts believe Beijing was sending a message to America and the West demonstrating its rapidly-growing military capability to threaten foreign powers which try to interfere in its “backyard”.

So Russia signs an oil and gas treaty with Iran (I believe China has one with Iran also??). They now have every reason to support Iran if the US and/or Israel were to attack it. And now we have a Chinese submarine sneaking up on a fleet of US Navy ships completely undetected. Interesting and scary…

This article is well worth the read to truly understand what will happen if we attack Iran. Do people really think the rest of the world will sit idly by if we (or Israel) attack Iran unprovoked?? Certainly, Russia DEFINITELY will not!! Here’s why…they have a vested interest in Iran’s oil and natural gas as the two countries have just signed a “memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sphere“. They also have fighter jets strategically placed should we or Israel attack Iran. How stupid can we really be??

Is oil really that important (because you know that’s what it’s really all about)? None of this would be necessary if we would just start utilizing other sources of energy. People say, “that’s a pipe dream”. No…It’s not. People, we need to step up and except the challenge of being part of one of the biggest revolutions in the history of this Earth. We need to make oil a thing of our past. Yeah, it will have an impact on our economy, it will be a monumental task to start using IT instead of oil. But we can do it. It will take commitment and time, but it CAN happen.

I find it very odd that people are willing to turn the world upside down by starting wars that kill thousands and millions of people but we can’t accept a challenge to TRULY change it for the better?? I’d like to have more faith in my fellow human beings than that.

Please read this.