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The mainstream media’s reporting of events in Ukraine essentially consists of vilifying Russian President Vladimir Putin, with no historical context for events is provided. There is no recognition that, through its hubris, the U.S. is playing an unnecessary and highly risky form of Russian roulette by creating a situation that has led to a new Cold War. The situation could still spin out of control and lead to a hot war, even a nuclear war.

For some context, one goal of U.S. foreign policy is to ensure that no other nation can challenge U.S. supremacy. Thus, nuclear-armed Russia is a target and it must be weakened. The U.S. seems to believe that one way of accomplishing this goal economically is to cut Russia’s trade relations with the European Union. Militarily, the U.S. can challenge Russia’s security through the expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders by the inclusion of Ukraine.

Russia views the expansion to its borders with great alarm, given previous attacks by Western European forces through Ukraine. And during the first Bush presidency, a commitment was given to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader: In exchange for allowing German reunification, NATO would not expand to the east.

According to U.S. thinking, Ukraine provided the perfect opportunity for weakening Russia. Thus the U.S. supported the ouster of the terribly corrupt, but democratically elected Ukrainian president who was friendly to Russia. He was replaced by an aggressive leadership that was acceptable to the U.S., yet extremely hostile to anything Russian — including Russia’s naval base in Crimea.

Following Russia’s illegal seizure of Crimea and Russian support for the people of Russian heritage in southeastern Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU imposed economic sanctions that reduced trade between Russia and the EU. These acts have harmed the Russian economy and its currency. In addition, under a deal with the U.S., Saudi Arabia increased its oil production, thus lowering the cost of oil and natural gas, and further harming Russia’s economy.

Ironically, U.S. plans have been undermined in that Russia has expanded trade with China and Turkey. As a result, Russia’s ties with China have increased, posing a greater challenge to U.S. hegemony.

The western Ukrainian forces, with the promise of U.S. weapons, continue to attack in the self-declared independent areas in southeastern Ukraine. The western Ukrainian crimes against humanity may yet draw Russia into the conflict. If that happens, it is unclear what would happen next.

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