March 4, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – New Eastern Outlook) – In the wake of the West’s horrifying handiwork in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, condemnation for Russia’s “intervention” falls flat. For all intents and purposes, “intervention” in Ukraine has already been carried out. Without the extensive backing by the West, its media machine, its corporate-funded foundations, and covert political manipulation for years in Eastern Europe and in Ukraine in particular, the “Euromaiden” mobs would never have materialized in the first place – let alone successfully overthrown an elected government. Surely without the Western media spinning what are otherwise detestable, literal Neo-Nazis, racists, and bigots, the world would have recoiled from events unfolding in Kiev, not cheered them on.
While the West points its accusing finger toward the more overt, superficially dramatic mobilization of Russian troops responding to the foreign-backed chaos consuming Ukraine, extraterritorial meddling was first initiated by the West, not Russia.
Astounding are the comments coming from US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague “demanding” Russia respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine, after provoking the conflict in the first place. This is with the burning wreckage of Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan still billowing smoke in the duo’s rear-view mirror – with US and British troops still occupying the nation of Afghanistan and the consequences of Western intervention abroad still destroying lives and sowing chaos for millions.
Slight of Hand
The key to the West’s strategy is to covertly carry out their conflicts and immediately pounce on any overt reaction they are able to provoke. This is documented policy put to paper in 2009 in regards to Iran by the corporate-funded think tank, the Brookings Institution. In their lengthy report, “Which Path to Persia?,” they stated the following (emphasis added):
If the United States were to decide that to garner greater international support, galvanize U.S. domestic support, and/or provide a legal justification for an invasion, it would be best to wait for an Iranian provocation, then the time frame for an invasion might stretch out indefinitely. With only one real exception, since the 1978 revolution, the Islamic Republic has never willingly provoked an American military response, although it certainly has taken actions that could have done so if Washington had been looking for a fight.
Thus it is not impossible that Tehran might take some action that would justify an American invasion and it is certainly the case that if Washington sought such a provocation, it could take actions that might make it more likely that Tehran would do so (although being too obvious about this could nullify the provocation). However, since it would be up to Iran to make the provocative move, which Iran has been wary of doing most times in the past, the United States would never know for sure when it would get the requisite Iranian provocation. In fact, it might never come at all.
– page 65 (page 78 of the PDF) “Which Path to Persia?” 2009, Brookings Institution
And (emphasis added):
…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)
-page 84-85 (page 97-98 of the PDF) “Which Path to Persia?” 2009, Brookings Institution
It is a dirty ploy the West has used against many nations, not just Iran. In the case of Ukraine and Russia, there is clearly a growing number of people around the world that recognize the “actions” the West has taken as being “too obvious” – intentional provocations that have led to this growing, but entirely unnecessary confrontation.