Russia, China wonder when America will attack them
The United States’ recklessly aggressive posture towards Russia and China has put them in a position where they are wondering when Washington will attack them, American political commentator Don DeBar says.
Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio host in New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday while commenting on a retired US Navy admiral’s assertion that the US should keep its nuclear weapons in European countries in the wake of Russian activities in Ukraine.
“Withdrawing our relatively few weapons would be the absolute wrong signal at this moment,” former NATO chief James Stavridis said last week.
DeBar said that “the United States is playing a very dangerous game with Russia, and with China, by the way, but particularly with Russia.”
“Aside from the decision that was made long time ago to implement the so-called missile-defense [system] in Europe and to move NATO up to the borders of Russia, and even aside from the overthrow of the Ukrainian government that took place with the backing of the United States earlier this year, and the civil war, the war that’s been going on in Ukraine on the border of Russia now for six months or more, and even despite the obvious determination of Russia to stand up at this point and say enough and no further, the United States now is contemplating or has announced its intensions to bomb targets in Syria in the face of the Syrian government’s sovereignty basically,” he added.
“With Syria being a treaty-bound ally with Russia – with a mutual defense pact, and with the warning that came from [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the past few days to the United States that the US must respect Syria’s sovereignty and international law and the United Nations’ charter, the Russians aren’t the type to draw rhetorical red lines, like you see with President Obama, President Bush and President Clinton,” DeBar said.
He went on to say that Russians do say exactly what they intend to do, and they generally do what they said they will do. “And they have said that this is not something that is to be permitted.”
“In a situation where the United States has been encircling steadily — since the fall of the Soviet Union – Russia where it has been more and more aggressive in its treatment of Russia and announced simultaneously — over the past few years — plans to treat China in a similar way, the so-called pivot to Asia, under a condition where Russia and China now feel driven into each other’s arms both in terms of commercial, industrial relations and political relations but also a military cooperation, the continued aggressive posture of the United States towards Russia leads them essentially in a position of wondering when the attack will come,” the activist noted.
“The game the United States is playing…is extremely dangerous, and not just in terms of some possible political outcome but for the survival of humanity on this planet and of most life. And it’s extremely reckless what’s coming out from Washington now and unfortunately the only people poised to stop it are the people in the United States and they seem preoccupied with other things,” DeBar concluded.
US has war strategy with Russia over Ukraine crisis
American anti-war activist Don Debar says Washington’s pressure on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine shows the United States has a war strategy with Russia.
“They have a war strategy sometime over the next few months with Russia and or China and as the consequence of that they don’t care about some economic fallout for Europe or against the dollar,” the activist said in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.
“They have some very specific goals in mind… That is what frightens me right now,” he added.
He made the remarks after the US warned Russia not to intervene in Ukraine under “the guise of humanitarian” purposes.
In calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said any Russian intervention in Ukraine without Kiev’s authorization would “provoke additional consequences,” the White House said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Saturday that “Russia should not intervene in Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext of peacekeeping,” a senior State Department official said.
In a separate discussion Saturday, US Vice President Joe Biden agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that any Russian move in Ukraine, even for “humanitarian” purposes, would be “a violation of international law.”
“The US is acting in error against its own interests,” Debar said.