How to Start a War With the Russians
In one of the most dumbfounding displays of militaristic insanity and sophistic stupidity we have ever read, a former NATO general and a Polish arms consultant have co-authored a highly subjective July 2016 foreign policy “analysis,” which, if it is implemented, will make a world war with Russia a near certainty.
By Ronald L. Ray
Far from being a sober policy review, “Arming for Deterrence: How Poland and NATO Should Counter a Resurgent Russia,” published by the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, is a dangerous recipe for confrontation. The 25-page document lacks any bibliography and contains only 14 footnotes, of which only a few list information sources. Two of those, Bloomberg and The New York Times, are hardly scholarly.
The authors of “Arming for Deterrence” (AD) are Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff and Maciej Olex-Szczytowski. Shirreff’s official biography notes he was “NATO’s deputy supreme allied commander Europe from 2011 to 2014. He is a partner at Strategia World-wide Ltd.” Ominously, “He recently published ‘2017: War with Russia.’ ”
Olex-Szczytowski was formerly an economic advisor in the Polish Foreign Ministry and is now an “independent” advisor “specializing in defense.”
The policy paper is founded upon base—and baseless—propaganda, calling Russia “a kleptocratic, authoritarian regime” that seeks “to deflect attention from [the country’s] ongoing economic meltdown and the regime’s growing repressiveness.” Since when did bald-faced lying become a firm footing for foreign policy?
AFP long has documented the opposing reality of modern, nationalist, religious Russia, which acts as a responsible great power in world affairs, amid the adolescent bullying and destructive warfare perpetrated by the U.S. and its allies.
But the real danger is the authors’ effort to make Poland the “point of the spear” in the ceaseless U.S. and Zionist effort to subjugate Russia. By repeating the false narrative of Russian regional “aggression,” AD seeks to provide cover for a highly belligerent and dangerous policy of NATO “defense,” designed to preserve the illusion of the U.S. as “lone superpower” and restore the genuinely “kleptocratic, authoritarian regime” of the Jewish oligarchs and mafiosi that Russian President Vladimir Putin imprisoned and expelled.