Thursday, March 27, 2014

Russia is NOT the most aggressive country in the world today

It has been very gratifying to me to watch the American news media beat its war drums and repeat endlessly their mindless, nationalistic, jingoistic, and even moralistic propaganda while most Americans simply are not buying their bullshit this time around.  When you consider how well that propaganda engine worked in 2002 (or in 1951, or in 1965), you have to admit, things have change dramatically in 12 years.  People know where this is heading, and they don't want to go there.  Again.

Crimea is the most aggressive move by a large military power since the end of the Cold War only if (as William Boardman pointed out) we ignore "various wars and terrorist attacks and drone strikes of recent years ... the rest of the world accepted the American view of Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity (just as they passively accept the American view of Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Venezuela, and Honduras)."

I was astonished to receive the following statement; I had almost forgotten that some people believe this: "You live on a dream world, USA has never been aggressive to Russia like Russia has been to all its neighbors FOREVER!"

Excuse me?  Mexico and South America are neighbors of the USA.  And so is Canada.

Canadians have repulsed three American attempts to invade this nation, with the intent of annexation (that is the very definition of imperialist expansion).

The battle of Lundy's Lane (also known as the battle of Niagara Falls) was an armed invasion of Canada that took place on 25 July 1814, in present-day Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, and probably the deadliest battle ever fought on Canadian soil.
That battle was fought on Canadian soil,  and in defense of Canadian soil, soil which remains Canadian. It was fought against a far more powerful military aggressor.
That was the third and last military invasion of Canada. The invaders were beaten, and driven back across the border.

I would count the number of sovereign countries that have been attacked by the US since 2001 as seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Uganda.  That is four more countries, I believe, than President Obama's predecessor ... so the number has doubled. Actually, it's not unreasonable to count the 200 US Marines who entered Guatemala to "assist" with the "drug war" there as an eighth country. Those Marines have no legitimate reason to be in Guatemala.

And if the US is not trying to extend its national borders, that is absolutely no reason to believe the US is not trying to extend its "sphere of influence" and control.  Domination.  That's called imperialism.

As for Russia's annexation of Crimea being an act of cowardly bullying, in which a larger, far more powerful country attacked first, without provocation, a target nation that is tiny, unarmed, and defenseless, I have only one thing to say: Iraq.