Paul Craig Roberts: “Insouciant Russians?”

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Written by Paul Craig Roberts; Originally appeared at paulcraigroberts.org

I have often wondered if the Russian media shields Russians from the insulting and derogatory things that American elites say about Russia and President Putin.

For example, here is Harvard University Professor Graham Allison:

“However demonic, however destructive, however devious, however deserving of being strangled Russia is, the brute fact is that we cannot kill this bastard without committing suicide.” http://nationalinterest.org/feature/america-russia-back-basics-21901

Here is Bloomberg News:
Interpol “should be issuing more international arrest warrants for Russian officials implicated in assassinations abroad. Ideally, Russia would find itself in the same position as outlaw states like Iran. . . . This should include designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.” https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-03-09/u-k-spy-poisoning-treat-russia-like-the-terrorist-it-is

Here is a collection of insulting and demonizing statements about Russia assembled by Professor Stephen Cohen:
https://www.thenation.com/article/russophobia-in-the-new-cold-war/

Hillary Clinton called President Putin “the new Hitler.”

Despite the ongoing demonization of Russia and her president and the crazed Nikki Haley’s recent statement to the UN that Russia will “never be America’s friend” and that America will “slap them when we need to,” extraordinary delusion still shows itself in Russian media organizations. Even RT, whose Washington broadcasts were recently closed down by Washington, thinks “there could be signs of improvement on the horizon” and reports that “President Putin, as well as several Russian officials, has continuously signaled Moscow’s readiness to improve ties with the US and the West, based on trust and respect.”
https://www.rt.com/usa/423422-us-russia-stalemate-haley/

What respect? What trust?

After the long and ongoing list of false accusations—Skripal poisoning, Malaysian airliner shotdown, invasion of Ukraine, planned invasion of the Baltics, a dozen or more alleged assassinations in the UK, sanctioning Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, coverup of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons, etc., topped off with gratuitous sanctions piled upon sanctions, and seizure of Russian property, etc.—how can Russia possibly trust Washington or any Western government?

I wonder if Putin understands that Washington is doing everything in its power to have him assassinated.

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  • TiredOfBsToo

    Ahhh yes, all of that demonization of Russia. Projection at work here with the projectionists making wild accusations against those they envy and whose resources they would love to plunder. I especially love the ‘suicide’ statement from the unnatural and definitely not in the US national interest, the ‘National Interest’. At least they understand that they’ll destroy themselves if they try to fulfill their desires. This guy must be one of the few rational individuals involved in the corrupt government of the US. Now what about the psychopaths who run the show?

    Speaking of the Skripals….. remember awhile back how the US was collecting Russian RNA samples from Russian citizens. Then we have the poisoning in the UK. Kind of makes me wonder if the Skripals were a test case with a dual purpose. Maybe they were hoping it would only affect the Skripals and not say, the UK policeman who went to their residence. Well, the further demonization of Russia with the full cooperation of the Empire’s vassals certainly played out, but the test was a failure because a UK citizen with no Russian ancestry was also affected. An antidote more than likely having been prepared for such an event. It was also necessary to apply the same antidote to the Skripals, after all, couldn’t very well have only the policeman recover after coming into contact with the same ‘military grade’ nerve agent as the Skripals…. What would the neighbors say?

    • FlorianGeyer

      You make an interesting case that has merit. especially when we consider that the US invested 70 million dollars in Porton Down.

      • TiredOfBsToo

        Much skull duggery at work here, especially since the UK won’t allow the Skripal’s relatives or Russian consular officials access. How much noise do you think the UK, US and the rest of the EU would make if the situation were reversed?

        • FlorianGeyer

          Lots and Lots :)

  • Joe

    Not only that they still call them “partners” , “western Colleagues” after all those insults.

    It’s precisely this kind of actions that western leaders have completel disdain for Russians .
    Maybe Putin knows the west wants war and he is trying to prevent that.

  • John

    Stepping back from the deafening hysteria created by those representing my country, I am going to throw something out there to ponder. Here goes.

    In short, I see a clear similarity to the US et al reactions to things ………. as that of a human being having a mouth full of rotten teeth extracted, in a single session, …….. sans pain killer. Professor Allison and others, whom are quoted and revered as sage, are not only watching the US strength and influence that they helped create go up in flames, it is also their life’s work which is not attracting quite a few firetrucks. For years and decades they have lived and been celebrated in the elite environment, heavily investing large chunks of their own souls in it.

    These Ivory Tower/Think Tank types have blown it. Their ideas and ascertains have in the long run, proved to be grossly in error regarding Russia. The thinking was very publicly circulated that Russia had gotten involved in Syria as a knee jerk reaction to Ukraine and Crimea. Where did that nonsense come from I wonder? Russia, China and other countries are now proving the intellectual leaders of American geopolitics, that their ideas are no better than those of people whom have never heard o the word itself. I wish well to all.

  • paul ( original )

    It is true, Russia seems a lot more calm and long suffering than
    would be normal. I for one would have lost my temper long ago. I
    guess the Russians are made of more tolerant stuff than I am. My hope
    is that they are biding their time and when the moment is right they
    will strike back with righteous retribution. On that day I will know
    joy and satisfaction .

    • John Brown

      Paul, Russian and Chinese Goyims are winning the peace at an accelerating rate over racist supremacist Jews and the Jewish global slave empire, which is why racist supremacist Jews want war. As Russia and China are winning the peace with slave the militaries and economies of vassals like the Jewish conquered USSA weakening rapidly, why should not Russia and China try to keep the peace as long as they can until the racist supremacist global Jewish confederate slave empire mounts a significant military offensive?

  • Capdemort

    Maybe Mr.Paul Craig is making the same mistake like the rest of western analysts.He forgets FAITH.Maybe im wrong maybe im not.Putin is having a last mandate of 6 years.In these years Russia will be attacked like never before.I dont think he will be let to do a normal job and develop Russia at a normal pace.The trend is obvious from 4 -5 years ago.And i dont think he will find a worthy succesor in these years(maybe with lot of luck).But i really think he will let a “testament” like Peter the Great did.Not kidding.When u combine politics with faith ur enemies wil have a BIG PROBLEM.Even if they(west) will try the asasination of Putin will only make the situation more critical for them.Cause then they will transforme an usual head of state into a MARTYR.And the legacy will last longer than Putin the man.And will make the whole world rise against them.Cause Putin at the actual moment represents the nationalism.Not Trump.Already its clear for the world that Trump is just a puppet.

  • John Brown

    Russian and Chinese Goyims are winning the peace at an accelerating rate over racist supremacist Jews and the Jewish global slave empire, which is why racist supremacist Jews want war. As Russia and China are winning the peace with slave the militaries and economies of vassals like the Jewish conquered USSA weakening rapidly, why should not Russia and China try to keep the peace as long as they can until the racist supremacist global Jewish confederate slave empire mounts a significant military offensive?

  • Ishyrion Av

    Putin search for peace and prepares for war. I am convinced he doesn’t trust west at all, but he has to deal with them. So, he is open to any improvement without investing any hopes in such things.
    That is the reason Russia continuously develops and builds new advanced weapons and strategies.

  • Harold Smith

    Is this the same Paul Craig Roberts that’s been making excuses for Trump for the last 14 months? Is this the same Paul Craig Roberts who keeps making the ridiculous claim that Trump wants better relations with Russia? And now Roberts is going to blame Russia for hoping that Trump is the nice guy that Roberts says he is?

    Paul Craig Roberts doesn’t need to look for insouciance in Russia; he needs to simply look in the mirror.

  • HighLord Gaz

    “After the long and ongoing list of false accusations—Skripal poisoning, Malaysian airliner shotdown, invasion of Ukraine, planned invasion of the Baltics, a dozen or more alleged assassinations in the UK, sanctioning Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, coverup of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons, etc., topped off with gratuitous sanctions piled upon sanctions, and seizure of Russian property, etc.—how can Russia possibly trust Washington or any Western government?”

    forgot to add BS accusations about “state sponsored doping” and the banning of Russian athletes from the Winter Olympics…