In May of 2022, the Atlantic published a Casey Michel article, Decolonize Russia. Why Ukraine? The answer is in his sub-title, “To avoid more senseless bloodshed, the Kremlin must lose what empire it still retains.” Empires and hubris, go figure. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/05/russia-putin-colonization-ukraine-chechnya/639428/
Michel accuses Russia of being the last European empire that has resisted decolonization. He writes that Russia will ceaselessly expand and colonize unless stopped by the West. The Ukrainian War is part of the project to end Russian colonization and Putin’s attempt to reconquer regions it views as its rightful possessions. The Washington narrative is that Russia must be decimated and partitioned. If Putin could be toppled and replaced, then Russia could be divided into smaller statelets open to western oil giants, mining corporations, and global transnationalism.
Ghost of the Past
A game plan predicated on the strategic disasters of bellicose gurus like Zbigniew Brzezinski and Dick Chaney leads to war. By the way, the guys that gave us the Afghanistan debacle and the Iraq War have never passed up an opportunity to engage in war.
After the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said, “We could get an authoritarian regime [in Russia] still,” he warned during the meeting. “I am concerned that a year or so from now, if it all goes sour, how we can answer that we did not do more.” According to Deputy National Security Adviser Robert Gates, Cheney “wanted to see the dismantlement not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.”
In “A Geostrategy for Eurasia,” Brzezinski wrote, “given (Russia’s) size and diversity, a decentralized political system and free-market economics would be most likely to unleash the creative potential of the Russian people and Russia’s vast natural resources. A loosely confederated Russia — composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic — would also find it easier to cultivate closer economic relations with its neighbors. Each of the confederated entitles would be able to tap its local creative potential, stifled for centuries by Moscow’s heavy bureaucratic hand. A decentralized Russia would be less susceptible to imperial mobilization.”
So when Russian President Vladimir Putin states that “the Western goal is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our nation. They are openly stating that, since they managed to break up the Soviet Union in 1991, now it’s time to split Russia into many separate regions that will be at each other’s throats,” he is citing history.
Washington needs a more humble Russia that will assume its role, in the new order, as a Gas and Mining Corporation.
Next – Why Taiwan?
Stay tuned, after Russia, on to China. According to Michel, China “currently oversees the largest concentration-camp system the world has seen since the Holocaust, dedicated to eliminating Uyghurs as a distinct nation.” It does not stop with these scribes of Washington disguised as journalists.