Old Pretexts for Mass-Murderous Aggression: A New War Against Russia in Ukraine Unfolding Before Our Eyes?

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Written by Prof. John McMurtry; Originally appeared at Global Research

We are now entering yet another US-UK led war build-up against the cornerstone of Western ideology, the designated Enemy Russia.

As usual there is amnesia of the ever-recurring big-lie pretext, the need for another crisis to keep the two-billion-dollar a day NATO war machine going, the baleful puppet moves of Canada in the process, the crisis of legitimacy of the lead attacker’s government, and the silent diversion from the whole nightmare scenario unfolding by all NATO-member governments, mass media and even ‘peace activist’ organisations.

This time the big-lie pretext is about the alleged poisoning by the Kremlin/Putin of a double-agent, usually a stock move in espionage entertainments, but here with no evidence of the claimed origin of the lethal nerve-agent, but rather expert denial within British defence and weapons research itself, with devious political word games to get around the absence of evidence in familiar denunciations of Russia that are full of aggression and hate. Not even a death is recorded while US-led and UK-armed ally forces are still mass-murdering poor civilian Yeminis, drone-murdering endless targets and civilians abroad, continuing on unblamed for the ongoing NATO-executed eco-genocides of Iraq and Libya societies, and on the 19-years anniversary of the mass bombing of, once again a society, Yugoslavia, with the most evolved social infrastructures of health, education, housing and life security in the region.

What this latest war pretext for US and NATO-backed aggression is really about is justifying more war in the Ukraine now that the massive war preparations along Russia’s Western borders following the self-declared Nazi-led and proven US- orchestrated and commanded mass-murder coup d’etat in February 2014 . As usual there is amnesia of the ever-recurring big-lie pretext, the need for another crisis to keep the two-billion-dollar a day NATO war machine going, the baleful puppet moves of Canada in the process, the crisis of legitimacy of the lead attacker’s government, and the silent diversion from the whole nightmare scenario unfolding by NATO-member governments, mass media and even ‘peace activist’ organisations.

This time the big-lie pretext is about the alleged poisoning by the Kremlin/Putin of a double-agent traitor, usually a stock move in espionage entertainments. Yet there is no confirmed evidence of the claimed origin of the lethal nerve-agent, but rather denial within Britain’s own Defence Science and Technology Laboratory unreported in the press, with devious PR word games of Downing Street crafted to get around the absence of fact in the familiar denuciations of Russia full of aggression and hate. Not even a death is recorded as, all the while, US-led and UK-armed ally forces are still mass-murdering poor civilian Yeminis, drone-murdering endless targets and civilians abroad, continuing on unblamed for the ongoing NATO-executed eco-genocides of Iraq and Libya societies, and on the 19-years anniversary of the mass bombing of Yugoslavia – yet another a socialist society with the most evolved social infrastructures of health, education, housing and life security in the region.

What this latest war pretext for US and NATO-backed aggression is really about is justifying more war in the Ukraine now that the massive war preparations along Russia’s Western borders are in place following the neo-Nazi-led and US-orchestrated mass-murder coup d’etat in February 2014 and the uprising of Eastern Ukraine. As always, the US-directed mass murder in the Kiev coup was reverse-blamed on the ever shifting Enemy face – Russia’s allied but duly elected federal government of the Ukraine. It was only after this violent-coup of the elected government of Ukraine’s very resource-rich country – “the breadbasket of Europe” and sitting on newly discovered rich fossil fuel deposits – that Russia annexed its traditional territory of the Crimea next to Eastern Ukraine. In predictable censorship by state proclamations and corporate media in NATO societies, all of these facts are elided.

In reality, Crimea was returned to Russia in a referendum-backed bloodless transition in reaction to the war-criminal putsch that put it under the rule of a US-appointed and neo-Nazi-led junta as the dispossessed Russia-speaking people of Eastern Ukraine simultaneously fought for their own government – Russia refusing pleas for annexation – in the now NATO-targeted Donetsk and Lugansk republics (the former by the way with a publicly adored competitive national soccer team in the European Champions League).

What is new now is that we are about to enter yet another NATO-member war build-up against the cornerstone of Western ideology, the designated Enemy Russia. As usual there is amnesia of the ever-recurring big-lie pretext, the need for another crisis to keep the two-billion-dollar a day US-led NATO war machine going, the baleful puppet moves of Canada in the process, the crisis of legitimacy of the lead attacker’s UK government, and silent diversion from the whole nightmare scenario unfolding in NATO-member states, mass media and even ‘peace activist’ organisations.

Cui Bono?

The UK and the US followed by Canada and some of the EU have by expulsion of Russia diplomats prepared the diplomatic way for war in the Ukraine to seize back these lost coup-territories, and it will be in the name of “freedom”, “human rights” and “international law”. But there is much officially suppressed colour to the warring parties of this international conflict which reveals who the vile suppressor of human rights is in reality. Under mass media and corporate-state cover, the ordering the expulsion of Russia by NATO nations with its Secretary-General Stoltenberg crowing at the disbelief of Russia is preparation towards what will only be prevented by public exposure – NATO plan for war against Russia over Eastern Ukraine and Crimea separation from the illegal coup-state of Ukraine. The factually absurd but non-stop pretext of “Russia aggression” constructed out of the double-agent poisoning affair, with the guilty agents and poison having no proof but the ever louder UK-led and NATO-state assertion of it in unison, is the already building pretext.

Yet there is a clear answer to the cui bono question – which party does all this benefit? Clearly once the question is posed, as opposed to gagged, Theresa May’s slow-motion collapsing Tory government – now even challenged for its fraudulent Brexit referendum protecting the big London banks from EU regulation – has to have such a war-drum distraction to survive. The old war of aggression pattern reverse-blamed on the official enemy unwinds yet again. Now NATO-member states are clearing the way by expulsion of Russia diplomats, and the bigger prize is armed seizure of the new Eastern Ukraine republics and the Crimea itself, incalculably rich in natural and strategic resources. But all this depends on whether the peoples of Britain and NATO buy the string of big lies that grow before them propounded by hate-Russia propaganda being dinned people’s heads now.

It is revealing in this context how Canada’s government has no such ruler need of war – unless it be its Ukraine-descendent Foreign Minister up front and the very powerful and widely Nazi-sympathizing Ukraine Liberal vote bank and leadership brought to Canada after 1945 to overwhelm the preceding active socialist Ukrainian community in Canada. Canada’s government – not its people – is in any case used to being a puppet regime in foreign affairs as a twice-colonized rule by big business (why the NDP is not allowed to govern unless so subjugated).

The Human Rights Question

In light of all of this suppressed factual background and motive for more war in Ukraine which is unspeakable in the official news, interaction with the United Nations is of revealing interest. While it has been the cover for US-led NATO executed genocidal wars of aggression in the past as in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Korea, the pretexts of ‘human rights’, ‘responsibility to protect’ and ‘stopping communist aggression’, which are in fact always been the spectacular opposite on the ground in terms of diseased, mass-murdered and destitute bodies, these pretexts cannot sell when the background facts are no longer suppressed from public view. But what state leader yet has repudiated these false-pretext wars rather than sustained their illusions and thus the war crimes and crimes against proceeding underneath them?

Old Pretexts for Mass-Murderous Aggression: A New War Against Russia in Ukraine Unfolding Before Our Eyes?Screengrab from The Washington Post. Click here for the full list of countries.

The NATO-executed Ukraine war now being orchestrated is especially revealing in its actual record of ‘protecting human rights’ through ‘international law’ and ‘norms of civilised nations’. Completely buried in official records is a United Nations resolution n on Ukraine that the US and Canada repudiated on November 20, 2015 after the US-led bloody coup d’etat in Ukraine was in full motion claiming all the vast tracts of land and resources that were Russia-speaking territory in the past.

The 2015 UN resolution was straightforwardly against “Nazi symbols and regalia” as well as “holocaust denial”. The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee of the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted for a resolution to enable measures against “the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that facilitate the escalation of modern forms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance”. A total of 126 member-states of the UN voted for it for the second time. Over 100 countries also voted for the first resolution in 2014 which also included “denial of the holocaust and glorification of the Nazi movement, former members of the Waffen SS organization, including the installation of memorials to them, and post-coup attempts to desecrate or destroy the monuments to those who fought against Nazism in Ukraine during World War II”.

How could any civilised state vote against these United Nations Resolutions for human rights as Canada and the US have done and stood by ever since while mouthing opposite commitments? Well instituted group hatred of the officially designated enemy can justify anything whatsoever, and is doing so towards the next NATO-executed orgy of war crime and crimes against humanity, again inside Europe itself, flaunting reverse-blame lies and slogans as red meat for psychotically trained masses. It is not by accident that Canada’s Foreign Minister in this near century-old Nazi loyalist vs. Russia-speaking conflict was before her appointment the “proud “granddaughter of a leading Nazi war propagandist during its occupation of Poland and Ukraine described as a “fighter for freedom”.

Yet on the other hand, we must not lose ourselves in ad hominem responsibility. Chrystia Freeland, her Canada name, is interestingly propagandist in itself from her birth – Christian Free Land – but not observed in the corporate press. Minister Freeland is only a symptom of something far deeper and more systemically murderous and evil in state-executed unlimited corporate greed and immiserization of innocent millions of people masked as ‘human rights’ , ‘freedom’ and ‘the rule of law’ . Her more sinister double in the US is also a renamed person of the region, Victoria Nuland (read New Land) who orchestrated the whole 2014 mass-murder coup in Ukraine and now tub-thumps on public television for the ‘need to teach Putin and Russia a hard lesson’, aka another war attack by US-led NATO on Russia’s borders.

The difference now is that the absurd pretext and geostrategic mechanisms now in motion can be seen in front of our eyes beforehand – that is, if we can still see through the engineered prism of the US-UK led NATO war machine. This alone will stop it.

John McMurtry March 27, 2018

John McMurtry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada whose work is translated from Latin America to Japan. His most recent book is The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: from Crisis to Cure. John McMurtry is a frequent contributor to Global Research. 

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  • Derapage

    Why do they hate the capitalist Russia so much rather than Communist China?
    This new cold war story does not stand up. China would have more reasons to do espionage in the Western countries.

    • Mikronos

      They actually hate the Chinese worse, but they’re inscrutable, they don’t veto a lot of ‘good ideas’ at the UNSC and they haven’t ‘messed around’ outside the South China Sea. Many western nations have huge Chinese populations (read ‘visible minorities’) – Canada, for instance.

  • Serious

    “The 2015 UN resolution was straightforwardly against “Nazi symbols and
    regalia” as well as “holocaust denial”. The Social, Humanitarian and
    Cultural Affairs Committee of the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly
    voted for a resolution to enable measures against “the glorification of
    Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that facilitate the escalation of
    modern forms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance”. A total of 126
    member-states of the UN voted for it for the second time. Over 100
    countries also voted for the first resolution in 2014 which also
    included “denial of the holocaust and glorification of the Nazi
    movement, former members of the Waffen SS organization, including the
    installation of memorials to them, and post-coup attempts to desecrate
    or destroy the monuments to those who fought against Nazism in Ukraine
    during World War II”.”

    Remember me to withdraw from UN. Every sensible country should withdraw from UN.

    • Mikronos

      McMurty’s point is that, for some reason, Canada and the USA – bigmouths about all things humanitarian free and democratic – didn’t feel this resolution was worth their vote – they abstained.

  • Serious

    Why doesn’t israel expell russian dilpomats ?? XD. I though israel was american best friend. XD.

    • laker48

      There are close to two million RuSSian Jews nicknamed “litvaks” in Israel, who are a visible lobby group and provide valuable intelligence on RuSSia. BTW, Israel is vitaly interested in more Jewish immigration from RuSSia and the continuation of the Syrian conflict because it drives out of Syria most young males fit for military service. Most end up in France and Germany destabilising those countries and reducing their dominance in the EU.

      Israel, that has been in the state of war with Syria since the early 1970s, doesn’t have an axe to grind with RuSSia because its air forces frequently attack targets on Lebanese and Syrian territories where RuSSian mercenaries and some regular forces are also deployed. Israel, that is a nuclear player, plays its own game and follows its own policies.

  • Don Machiavelli

    ”Yugoslavia – yet another a socialist society with the most evolved social infrastructures of health, education, housing and life security in the region.”

    At that time it wasn’t old Yugoslavia but Serbia and Monte Negro. Other states already left from 1990 till 1992. There is a reason why Slobodan Milosevich regime was bombed, people on Kosovo were literally tortured since late 1970’s.

    • Mikronos

      The whole thing was contrived. The Croats left first (with a good kicking for the Serbs who tried to stop them). Slovenia left easily. But the Serbs were faced with losing territory to Albania and ‘Macedonia’. Montenegrin ‘independence’ was financed by Peter Munk and the Hebrew world order. Kosovo is independent ( funded by the EU) but will vote in the future to join Albania. Serbia is now an EU satrapy. Germany has accomplished its ‘war aims’ and the successor states are all lumbered with IMF debt.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Can’t explain to the ill informed as Don dumb he is solid US troll.

  • Mikronos

    John needs to do a re-write of this piece. The story itself is worth the telling – without the repetition and hyperbole.

  • Cedric Hunter

    Expelling diplomats works for Putin on two different levels at least. 1.) It provides for him a deep pool of recruits from which he can redeploy as political firemen, and he will need them. 2.) War is coming and everyone knows it. So Putin must restrict the flow of information to and from his diplomatic core. Nothing will stay secret for long, but it will stay secret long enough; a two way knife for sure.