Remember the Berlin Wall? When it was broken, I was in Moscow, I wrote for Haaretz (Izr. Newspaper; comment mixednews). I attended a press conference with members of the Politburo at the President Hotel, and asked them whether they recognize that the likelihood of an end for the USSR and the socialist world is high. I was ridiculed. Of course not, they said. As a result of the fall of the wall, socialism will flourish. Two years later, the USSR ceased to exist.
The most dramatic events of September 2013 were the confrontation near the Levantine coast, when five US destroyers aimed their Tomahawks in the direction of Damascus, and they were opposed by the Russian flotilla Of the eleven ships led by the Moscow missile cruiser, the carrier of the killer missiles of aircraft carriers, supported by Chinese warships. It seems that two missiles were launched towards the Syrian coast, and both could not reach their destination.
One Lebanese newspaper, citing diplomatic sources wrote that the missiles were launched from the NATO airbase in Spain, and that they were shot down by anti-missile systems, shipboard sea-air. Another explanation was presented to Asia Times, which states that the Russian used their cheap and powerful jammers for GPS, making expensive Tomahawks helpless, and led to their disorientation and fall. Another version attributes launch Israelis, whether an attempt to provoke the crossfire or just study the clouds, as they say themselves.
Whatever the reason, after this strange incident, the shootout did not start, President Obama passed back and removed his weapon. This was preceded by an unexpected vote in the British Parliament. This venerable community declined the honor to join the attack proposed by the United States. For the first time in two hundred years, the British Parliament rejected a tempting offer to start a war — usually the British cannot resist such a temptation.
After that, Obama threw a hot potato Congress. He did not want to start end of the world alone. Congress did not want to get involved in a war with unpredictable consequences. Obama tried to intimidate Putin 20G meeting in St. Petersburg, but he did so and failed. Proposal to remove the Russian chemical weapons allowed Obama to save face. This adventure ended the American hegemony, superiority and exclusivity.
After this event began to unfold quite deftly. U.S. President to the chagrin of Tel Aviv had a conversation with the new president of Iran. Free Syrian Army after two years of war with Assad suddenly wanted to talk to him, and their delegation arrived in Damascus, leaving extremists empty-handed. Their supporter Qatar crumbles surge. Closure of the government and a possible debt default gave Americans another, more important reason, which would be worth to worry. With the end of the hegemony of the U.S. dollar as the days of the world's reserve currency are numbered.
Third World almost happened, as wanted and banksters. They have accumulated too much debt, including unsustainable U.S. debt. If these Tomahawks reached their goal, banksters would declare force majeure and have disavowed debts. Millions of people have died, but billions of dollars in the vaults of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs could have been saved. In September this world safely crossed the point of bifurcation, as President Obama has refused to take the blame banksters themselves. In the end, maybe he deserved his Nobel Peace Prize.
The near future is full of trouble, but none of them is fatal. The US dollar will cease to serve as the world's reserve currency, although it will remain the North American currency. Other parts of the world will resort to their euros, yuan, rubles, bolivars and dinars. US military spending will have to be reduced to acceptable, and this reduction in foreign military bases will allow American people to survive the transition more or less painlessly. No one wants to follow America - the world is just tired of their saber-rattling here and there.
During the crisis, I remained in Moscow, and watched through the eyes of Russian developments. Some time Putin and Russian ruthlessly crushed.
* The U.S. supported and financed liberal and nationalist opposition in Russia; national elections in Russia were represented as one big fraud. To some extent the government was delegitimize.
* Magnitsky Act in the U.S. Congress authorized the arrest and seize the assets of any Russians at will, without court intervention.
* Some of the Russian state assets were seized in Cyprus, which experienced some problems.
* U.S. incite Moscow Pussy Riot, gay pride parades, etc., thus contributing to the creation of the image of Putin dictator, an enemy of freedom and hater of homosexuals in the West and in the possession of Russian oligarchs media.
* Support for Russian Syria criticized, ridiculed and portrayed as devoid of humanity act of cruelty. At the same time, experts in the Western media have expressed confidence that Russia will hand over Syria.
Russia had no intention of surrendering Syria for a number of reasons - it is an ally, Syrian Orthodox Christians trust Russia, geopolitically the war is near the borders of Russia. But the main reason was irritation of Russia by American willfulness. The Russians believed that such important decisions should be made by the international community, namely, the UN Security Council. They were not satisfied with the role of the United States as a world arbiter.
In 1990, Russia was very weak and could not effectively resist, but the Russians felt bitter when they bombed Yugoslavia, and NATO, in spite of Gorbachev's promises, expanded to the East. The Libyan tragedy was another important point. This unfortunate country was bombed, and eventually disintegrated. From the richest African state it turned into the most miserable. The presence of Russians in Libya was very limited, but still, Russia lost some investments there. Russia abstained in the vote on Libya, as it was the position of the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who believed he was playing with the West with one ball. Putin, on no pretext, did not want Syria the same fate.
Russian revolt against Western hegemony began in June, when the Aeroflot flight from Beijing delivered Edward Snowden. Americans began to put pressure on every conceivable button to get it back. They use the whole range of agents in Russia. But despite U.S. pressure, Snowden has been granted asylum.
The next step was the Syrian escalation. According to Russia, there was not and could not be any reason for the United States to act unilaterally - neither in Syria, nor in any other place. In a sense, the Russians have returned international law to its original, respected status. The world has become better and safer.
None of this would have been possible without the help of China. The Asian giant considers Russia to be its “elder sister,” and relies on its ability to act with wide-open eyes (i.e., “as is customary in whites”, the round-eye expression was invented in Hollywood, and in fact has never been used by Asians in relations of Europeans; note mixednews). The Chinese, in their quiet and modest manner, played on Putin’s side. They vetoed the anti-Syrian resolution in the UN Security Council, and sent their ships to the Mediterranean. That is why Putin stood not only for Russia, but also for the entire Eurasian continent.
The church supported Putin — not only the Russian Church, but also the Catholics and all the Orthodox in general were united in their opposition to the American campaign of support for the rebels, who exterminated Christians. Pope called Putin the defender of the church - the same did the churches of Jerusalem and Antioch. Dad almost threatened to wean Hollande, and this latent threat worked. Therefore, Putin enjoyed the support and blessing of the Orthodox patriarchs and the Pope: such a double blessing is an extremely rare event.
In Syrian saga was a lot of interesting and exciting moments, each of which by itself is worthy adaptation. Putin met with almost united front at the summit of the West G8 in Ireland, but he managed to drag someone on their side, and sow the seeds of doubt, when he recalled the leader of the Syrian rebels, eating human flesh.
It was deftly implemented a proposal to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons. The UN resolution blocked the possibility of an attack on Syria under the cover of the seventh chapter. Miraculously, the Russians won this peculiar tug of war. The alternative was grim: Syria would have been destroyed like Libya; a subsequent attack by the United States and Israel would be inevitable; the Christians of the East would have lost their cradle; Europe would be inundated with millions of refugees; Russia would have shown its inconsistency, and would have been equated to Bolivia, whose president’s plane could be forced to sit down and search. Russia would return to the 1999 position of the year when Clinton bombed Belgrade.
The top of this confrontation was reached in exchange exclusivity Putin and Obama. Let's start with the fact that these two are not friends. Putin was irritated by what he perceived as the hypocrisy and deceit of Obama. The man who rose from the very bottom to the very top, Putin appreciates his ability to speak frankly with people from all walks of life. His candid conversations can be shockingly rude. When he criticized the French journalist for the way he represented the Chechen separatists, he said:
“Islamic extremists are enemies of Christians, atheists, and even Muslims themselves, because they believe that traditional Islam is hostile to the goals that they set themselves. And if you want to become an Islamic radical and are ready for circumcision, I invite you to Moscow. We are a multi-faith country, and we have specialists who can do it. And I would advise them to conduct this operation so that nothing more grows in this place. ”
Putin tried to speak frankly with Obama. We know about their exchange of remarks by leakage of confidential conversation between Putin and Netanyahu. Putin called the Americans, and asked, what is your position on Syria? Obama replied: I am worried that the Assad regime does not comply with human rights. Putin was nearly sick of hypocritical response. He understood it as a refusal to talk honestly, eye to eye.
In the aftermath of the Syrian standoff, Obama turned to the peoples of the world on behalf of American exceptionalism. US policy is “what makes America special. What makes us exceptional, ”he said. Putin responded: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to consider themselves exceptional. We are all different, but when we ask the Lord for a blessing, we should not forget that he made us equal. ” It was not only ideological, but also theological difference of positions.
The United States is based on the theology of exclusivity, on the fact that they are elected. This is a country from the Old Testament. This is a more profound reason for the special relationship between the United States and Israel. Europe is experiencing a stage of apostasy and rejection of Christ, and Russia is still deeply Christian. Her churches are full, they congratulate each other on Christmas and Easter, and not with the banal change of seasons. Russia is the land of the New Testament. And the rejection of exclusivity, of being chosen, is the fundamental principle of Christianity.
For this reason, although organized American Jewry supported the war, condemned Assad, and urged America to intervene, the Jews of Russia, very numerous, rich and powerful, did not support the Syrian rebels, but rather stood on Putin’s side in his attempts to preserve peace in Syria. The same is true in Iran, where rich Iranian Jewry supported the legitimacy of the Syrian government. It seems that countries led by strong clergy are immune to destructive influence and the lobby; while countries without such clergy - for example, the United States or France - surrender to such influence and accept illegal intervention as the norm.
With the reduction of U.S. hegemony, we face an uncertain future. Monstrous power of the U.S. Army still make mischief; wounded animal is the most dangerous. Americans would be worth listening to Senator Ron Paul, call for reducing foreign bases and cut military spending. International law and the sovereignty of all nations must be respected. People the world over love America when she stops to engage surveillance and intimidation. It's not easy, but we have already agreed on a course at the Cape of Good Hope and achieved.