“In a perverse way, the more aggressive the posturing by Russia, the more likely it is that the West will stump up the cash needed to prevent Ukraine’s economy from spiraling into a crisis,” observed Neil Shearing, chief emerging-markets economist for the London-based consultancy Capital Economics. “Essentially,” Shearing continued, “if the geopolitical tug of war becomes more polarized — and Putin becomes more bellicose — the more likely it is that the West will answer by coming to the rescue of Ukraine.”
Shearing’s comments, which appeared in a March 4 Bloomberg/Businessweek article entitled “How Russia Is Pushing Ukraine Into the West’s Arms,” are, of course, correct — as the unfolding drama is proving day by day. Putin’s bellicosity and military response are indeed having the effect desired by the interventionist/globalist elites: Russia’s response to Ukraine’s upheaval is pushing reluctant Ukrainians into the arms of EU/IMF/NATO, as well as providing U.S.-EU-IMF leaders with the political and moral cover they need to “rescue” Ukraine with billions of dollars extracted from U.S. and EU taxpayers.
Another of the desired effects is the disorienting confusion wrought by a political world turned upside-down, as habitués of the interventionist Left, such as George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and denizens of the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and PBS, suddenly sound like rabid anti-communist Cold Warriors, while many vocal opponents of U.S. involvement in Ukraine from the Libertarian and non-interventionist Right are now becoming unwitting apologists for Vladimir Putin.
However, the tumult in Kiev and Crimea is much less confusing if seen through the “convergence” prism provided by Soviet KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, arguably the most important Soviet/Russian defector ever to make it to the West. Golitsyn worked in a top-secret department of the KGB that planned long-range strategy for the Politiburo and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). His books New Lies for Old (1984) and The Perestroika Deception (1990) exposed the intricate Soviet strategy of faking a spectacular “collapse” of communism to disarm the West. Without a visible communist enemy, the United States and the EU could be convinced to gradually merge (“converge”) — economically and politically — with the “new” Russia. No other analyst has come close to matching Golitsyn’s accuracy in calling the shots on the great sea-change events of the past several decades vis-à-vis the Kremlin and the West. Famous Russian dissident and Soviet Gulag survivor Vladimir Bukovsky, who had unprecedented access to Soviet classified documents, confirmed Golitsyn’s startling thesis. “These documents,” Bukovsky explained in a speech in Brussels in 2006 that was reported in The Brussels Journal, “show very clearly that the whole idea of turning the European common market into a federal state was agreed between the left-wing parties of Europe and Moscow as a joint project which [Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev in 1988-89 called our ‘common European home.’”
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