From the geopolitical perspective, there is an avalanche of information to sift through: And, although the title of this blog seems to be addressing three unrelated things; they are all related.
First up is Syria. There have been fantastic advances on the ground by the SAA and Hezbollah militarily, whilst the western backed various Al Qaeda groups founder; or even better still, turn on one another. So, as it has been the goal to oust the popular president Dr. al Assad [without which it will be hard to wage war with Iran] the west now employs its useful NATO dog, Turkey. It was not enough that Turkey, along with Jordan, were home to many of these Al Qaeda elements in the last four years while they received funding, arming and training by US Special Operators and British SAS. Now, it has been leaked that heads of state in Turkey were planning a false flag attack to start an active ground war with Syria. There have already been reports of massive Turkish troop movements to the north as of late; not to mention the shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet own its own soil. A false flag would be a perfect pretext to stir the Turkish people into wanting a shooting war with Syria. And a Turkish shooting war means a NATO shooting war, which will also pull in Syrian ally Russia.
Now enters Crimea and her democratic referendum to rejoin the Motherland; which the West and 100 countries in the UN refuse to acknowledge. Despite there being no actual “invasion” by Russia as western media has portrayed it; the referendum was held under accordance with international law complete with multiple international observers who all claimed the vote was free from intimidation. What many in the West, and especially Americans, seem to forget is that Crimea was a part of Russia since the time of Catherine the Great; and despite a loss in the Crimean war [which can be blamed almost solely on a British envoy named Stratford Canning] Crimea was “gifted” to Ukraine by the butcher of Ukraine- Nikita Khrushchev (who himself was also Ukrainian) in 1954. There was no vote nor referendum for the ethnic Russians at that time as to whether they wanted to stay a part of the Russian Federation. Also, the Russian Federation and the USSR are not the same thing. So, now enters Russia and the wild western media accusations that Putin is massing troops on the Ukrainian borders for invasion. This is silly nonsense and feeds into nothing but old Cold War mentality. Russia is indeed massing troops, that part is true; but not to invade Ukraine. There is absolutely no strategic reason for this at all on the part of Putin. Ukraine is now a failed state with the coup orchestrated by the United States and in no small part the IMF. Invading Ukraine would be pointless and a huge economic burden on Russian coffers. Why bother invading and mending a failed state, that someone else broke? Utterly preposterous. The only reason Putin would even consider sending in any force at all would be to protect the ethnic Russians in East and Southern Ukraine from the Neo Nazi Putsch regime installed in Kyiv; not to mention the rantings of mad Yulia Tymoshenko who is calling to “nuke” all ethnic Russians. However, what is most prudent for Putin and the Kremlin to do is nothing but offer moral support to the East and South Ukraine and let them secede on their own; which they are most likely to do.
The Russian troops massing is to counter the Turkish troops moving north in what appears to be a pre-emptive invasion of Syria. Crimea, with its Russian naval jewel in Sevastopol, being absolutely vital to Russian access to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the 76th Air Assault Division. These seem to be crucial facts that are lost in mainstream western media. It seems the media is only concerned with a missing plane, a Russian invasion that never happened, and the sharing of laser tag technology that has been around since the 1970s called MILES. Which, coincidentally, a dozen countries use, including Ukraine. It seems the media and politicians alike would love to start a shooting war with Russia; but of course none of them nor their children will be on the front lines.
So, how does Obama’s visit to see the Pope and then the Saudis tie in? The Pope’s tie and interests in this verge into the “conspiracy theory” realm which I am all too happy to plunder. Catholics and Orthodoxy have been at odds for hundreds of years. Russian Christians are mainly Orthodox; and so, there it might be easier to see where this is headed. The stated reasons for the trip were “to better relations and discuss income equality”. Readers can draw their own conclusions on these reasons.
Next up on Obama’s whirlwind tour was a visit to Riyadh and King Abdullah. Not inconsequestially, Abdullah formally named his successor yesterday. According to Al Arabiya the reason for the visit is “for talks that aides said would focus on Middle East peace, Iran and ways to strengthen the Syrian opposition.” So, in other words, how to topple al Assad and go to war with Iran. How quaint that the Turkish false flag plot was leaked yesterday; time for contingency B?
Finally, what this means is an escalation of tensions in the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Probably civil war looming in Ukraine, and quite possibly the end of the petro dollar with only the Military Industrial Complex left to prop it up. 2014 is certainly shaping up as the year of change.
In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while; you could miss it.”