Instead of pursuing peace, America and its allies do everything they can to make the Ukraine conflict a proxy war against Russia.
By Timur FomenkoA political analyst
Russian Ministry of Defence on Thursday confirmed that the Russian Black Sea Navy flagship Moskva was lost to fire due to an unknown cause. There is no independent confirmation of what happened amidst the sea of Ukrainian propaganda, which was quick to claim Kiev’s forces had struck the vessel with a Neptune missile. Meanwhile, the United States had also confirmed a new $800 million package of military aid to Kiev, including new heavier weapons, while EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had recently affirmed a commitment for Kiev to win on the ‘battlefield’. Moscow is gearing up to launch a new offensive in the Donbass to protect it. It’s clear, however, that the West powers do not seek to solve the conflict and secure peace.
Apart from its own invasions, bombings, coups, and regime change attempts imposed on countries around the world, one of America’s preferred methods of confronting its adversaries is to ‘wage war by proxy’ against them, that is, to support the war of a group or country against them without militarily engaging themselves. The history of the Cold War is littered with such examples, such as America’s backing of the Mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan, its backing of Saddam Hussein against Iran in the Iran-Iraq War, or, on a more contemporary note, its failed attempt to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad via the local rebels. Proxy wars enable the US to reduce its losses and have someone else die. They also gain geopolitical gains by weakening other states while maximizing the profits of the military-industrial system by keeping arms flowing.
The US and its allies are now determined to prolong the Russia-Ukraine war. They have spent the month calling on Russia to leave. Although Moscow initiated the conflict, it’s clear that America viewed it in an absoluteist manner. Washington opposed any kind of prior compromise between Russia and Ukraine that may have helped avoid hostilities, which encouraged Zelensky’s overconfidence in refusing to negotiate. It is the same scenario as now. Washington does not want the war to end in a swift settlement whereby Ukraine makes concessions to Russia, because the ideal outcome is to ensure Moscow takes as much damage as possible, which means that a war of increasing escalation is in fact in the US’ interests.
It could have many reasons. First of all, Russia’s tactical withdrawal from the north of Ukraine and a renewed focus on Donbass appears to give confidence to the West they can succeed in undermining Putin’s ‘core war goals’. Secondly, intensifying the conflict and escalation gives the West the political space to continue to impose more sanctions on Moscow and allows the US to impose more ‘unity’ on its European allies. Washington has also calculated that the broader context of this conflict will allow it to push harder for China’s isolation, force countries to take sides and expand military blocs. Recently, it was reported that the US seeks Japan’s membership in the AUKUS alliance to increase the military containment against China. Janet Yellen’s recent comments also demanded that Beijing resist the Russian attack in Ukraine. “losing standing”The world. This means that the US will be able to prolong the process for greater geopolitical benefits.
This escalation scenario for Russia, however, risks turning the Ukraine crisis into a new ‘great patriotic war’ – that is, a conflict in which the survival of the nation itself is at stake. Why is this? It is not secret that the United States and its allies want Russia’s war to be a failure. Some of them would like nothing more than for a military failure to precipitate the downfall of President Putin and the government – even if the only straight-up regime change call was ostensibly a slip of the tongue by US President Joe Biden. This confirms the Kremlin’s long-held suspicions about the true intentions of the West and the goals behind the expansion of NATO.
In conclusion, this means we’re now going into very dangerous territory. US and allies can’t be more clear about their insistence on a war against Russia and India. This becomes a growing struggle for Russia against the West’s bid to subjugate, dominate and coerce their country. Ukraine is the pawn.
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