US President Joe has declared an objective of fomenting coup and regime change in Russia, that Putin “cannot remain in power.” Worldwide, this has raised criticism that the US has invaded far more countries, and that this is provocative and not the way to encourage coming to the table for negotiation for de-escalation. Some have pointed out that the US so far has only made moves for the escalation of the war, sanctions and divisions, and provisions of billions in arms over the years while ignoring the Minsk peace agreement and US and NATO promises.
The White House has been left to clarify that Biden’s statement is a misinterpretation. Yet another misstatement? Isn’t that dangerous? Faced with many instances of alleged inability to focus, the US president is further faced with mounting calls to investigate son Hunter Biden, whose laptop had been found to contain emails showing him receiving Ukrainian compensation, sat in the board of widely considered corrupt Ukraine oil enterprise Burisma Holdings Ltd., and having arranged millions for the US biolabs that were admitted by Victoria Nuland, after many denials, to contain illegal and dangerous pathogens, but which the US refuses to explain in detail.
Along with massive inflation at home, Biden decided to use up the US strategic petroleum reserves as he sanctions gas and oil from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. His approval rating has fallen to four out of 10 Americans, according to a Reuters Ipsos poll, just as the US enters November elections, a potential catastrophe for the Democrats, especially with Trump sniping nearly everyday.
How is the US claim that the “world is with us” vs Russia? Possibly, in a world where a US State Secretary Madeleine Albright can say “500,000 dead Iraqi children is worth it,” even where another US State Secretary Colin Powell dramatized the excuse for war — WMDs, or weapons of mass destruction — were faked.
Japan refused to halt their joint development of oil with Russia. India has flat out declared they will buy oil from and trade with Russia and is counterattacking on social media. China and Pakistan, Israel and Brazil, among others, still will trade, and refuse to simply condemn Russia, taking the stance that for peace and stability, a holistic approach covering the security concerns of all parties, including Russia’s, has to be addressed.
Poland, Georgia and Moldova intelligently refused to be platforms for direct participation; the major African nations also refused to align with the US demand. Saudi, Qatar and OPEC, meanwhile, refused to increase their oil output despite UK and US pressure.
The UK and the US supported mercenaries joining the war, then condemned Russia for considering allowing the same. Syrian and Serbians bombed by the US are volunteering to join Russia.
Unintended consequences? The SWIFT clearing system banning and confiscation of reserves of Russia was decided by the European Union‘s Ursula von der Leyen and Biden with his cabal of neoconservatives, without consulting the Federal Reserve or Treasury, and against the advice of the world’s and US’ top finance experts and Wall Street.
Yes, this move did damage the Russian ability to transact, but it also broke all the rules of sovereign currencies and deposits. It is already causing massive shifts in the world’ monetary system, unseen in a hundred years, as the world cannot trust the dollar to be a reserve or transaction vehicle any more than necessary.
Saudis, the linchpin of the US dollar’s world’s currency reserve status, are now considering selling oil for Chinese yuan. China, Iran and Russia will start trading without the US dollar or euro and will start their own internationalized clearing systems.
As a counter to banned SWIFT transactions, Putin has demanded that purchase of their gas by the EU has to be in rubles and use the Russian clearing system by April. If successful, this will internationalize the use of the ruble. The same is being considered for those wishing to buy Russian and Ukrainian wheat and other food and mineral essentials, which many countries are dependent on.
Oil and gas sanctions? Prices are so high; Russia and OPEC are profiting much more per volume. And the EU needs to continue buying from Russia because there is no immediate alternative. Germany, and other parts of the world are being driven into a second recession just after a pandemic. They will have to deal with millions of refugees, not with the US. Short supplies and soaring prices of basic items mean poverty will increase around the world, even starvation in some countries.
This is not due to the war since Russian and Ukrainian economies are small percentages of the world GDP, but to US sanctions. All because the US for decades refused to consider the security concerns normally considered between power blocs, on the belief that Russia is too weak to do anything, and that it can be crushed as an independent power. The US wants to keep Germany and Europe weak and dependent, so that the US can remain the sole superpower in the world.
Sports, music and the arts are now weaponized by the US and the EU. They have required Daniil Medvedev, 26 years old, one of top tennis players in the world, to attack his own country, not just to not play under his own country’s flag. Other athletes and whole teams in different sports federations such as the FIFA, UEFA and the Olympics, are being banned. Valery Gergiev, one of the world’s top conductors, has been asked to leave by the Munich Philharmonic.
The US has pulled out all stops against Russia, and is creating a dangerous polarization through forced alliances, which have proven to be part of the cycle when entering world wars. The mechanisms for returning to harmonious living are being dismantled as the US and the EU ignore UN decisions against invasions and use UN rulings when it suits them — withdrawing from or ignoring in the last decade the missile treaties, those on chemical warfare, nuclear proliferation, biological weapon and other conventions; selectively using the Unclos, the ICC International Criminal Courts, etc. This refusal to share the decisions defining worldwide conventions, or being subject to them, is exceptionalism and is leading to a continuous world war.
Is the Philippines next on the frontlines of war by the US, now already strengthening media instruments under the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), giving Nobel Prizes and headlines to people where there are far more deserving individuals like jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, installing Rappler and the US in our electoral system. Note the expanded and selective reporting of incidents regarding rivals, exaggerating US heroic friendship while not paying our veterans, installing US participant watchers in our military and “think tanks,” interference in local elections… Prepare to be a frontliner who risks life and family, just so America can slap you in the back in friendship, allow you to pay for Hollywood movies, lecture you about rights, and argue about sexual gender labels in grade school. Wowee!
Adolfo Paglinawan served as attaché of the Philippine Embassy in Washington and to the United Nations in New York. He is the author of “A Problem for Every Solution,” editor of sovereignph.com and resource expert in several news programs. He is a director of the Phil-BRICS Institute for Strategic Studies.
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