A senior Russian diplomat confirms: "Russia is preparing for war" - is anybody listening?, by The Saker - The Unz Review
Andrei Belousov, deputy
director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Nonproliferation and
Arms Control, has recently made an important statement which I shall quote in
full and then provide a translation.
Original Russian text:
“Тут недавно на заседании Соединенные Штаты заявили, что Россия готовится к
войне. Да, Россия готовится к войне, я это подтверждаю. Да, мы готовимся
защищать нашу родину, нашу территориальную целостность, наши принципы, наших
людей. Мы готовимся к такой войне. Но у нас есть серьезные отличия от
Соединенных Штатов Америки. И в лингвистическом плане это отличие заключается
всего в одном слове, что в русском языке, что в английском языке: Российская
Федерация готовится к войне, а Соединенные Штаты Америки готовят войну”
Translation: “Recently at a meeting the
United States stated that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing
for war, I can confirm it. Yes, we are preparing to defend our homeland, our
territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people. We are preparing
for such a war. But there is a major difference between us and the United
States. Linguistically, this difference is just in one word, in both Russian
and English: Russia is preparing for war while the United States is
preparing a war” (emphasis added).
We are so used to western
diplomats and politicians saying more or less anything and everything (as the
joke goes: when do you know that a politician is lying? When his lips move)
that many of us stopped paying attention to what is being said. If tomorrow
Trump or some “Congressperson” goes on national TV and declares “read my lips –
up is down, dry is wet and yes means no” – most of us will just ignore it. The
truth is that being exposed to that constant stream of empty, bombastic and
always dishonest statements makes most of us immune to verbal warnings, even
when they come from non-western political figures.
It is, therefore, crucial to
fully realize that Russian official and diplomats carefully measure every word
they say and that when they repeat over and over again that Russia is ready for
war, they actually and truly mean it!
May, Trump, Macron and Merkel,
of course, but also their sycophantic presstitutes and the herds of zombified
followers all believe in their invulnerability and superiority. The terrifying
truth is that these folks have NO IDEA whom they are dealing with nor do they
understand the consequences of pushing Russia too hard. Oh, in theory they do
(yeah, yeah, Napoleon, Hitler, we know!). But in their guts, they feel safe,
superior and just can’t conceive that they can die, and their entire society
can just disappear.
Sadly, since then things have
only gotten worse. This is why a clearly disgusted and frustrated Putin
recently declared that
“Any aggressor should know that
retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be
the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will
simply croak and won’t even have time to repent,”
Needless to say, the western
ziomedia interpreted this warning as a sign of “Russian aggression,” not as a
desperate attempt to wake up a delusional and infinitely arrogant Empire.
By the way – something very
similar has been happening between the US and China with an increasing number
of Chinese officials publicly declaring that the Chinese armed forces need to
prepare for war (here is
just the latest such warning).
Sadly, the Chinese warnings are
as ignored and as dismissed as the Russian ones. And that is truly frightening.
Such a level of hypocrisy is
disgusting, of course. But it is also very, very dangerous.
Frankly, considering the
fantastic and genuinely heroic efforts of Putin and Xi to avoid a major
(nuclear) war with the Empire, I would suggest that they, not convicted
terrorists, be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (but I am not holding my
In sharp contrast to the
western corporate media, the Russian media has been discussing the possibility of war with
the US/NATO on a daily basis, and the discussion always revolves around the question “are they really crazy enough to
actually attack us even though that would mean their certain destruction?!“. In fairness to the Russians,
seeing folks like Nikki Haley or John Bolton, the question of “are they crazy?”
is a logical one. But I think that it is also possibly misleading. Here is why:
While clearly some Neocons are
truly batshit crazy, most are not. Stupid, ignorant, arrogant, hateful and evil
– yes. But not necessarily insane. And for that reason, I don’t think that the
AngloZionist leaders will stumble into a war against Russia as a result of
their insanity. Besides, while US politicians are, indeed, amazingly stupid and
ignorant, there are enough men in the US armed forces who remember the warning
of Field Marshal and Viscount of Alamein Bernard Montgomery who famously declared to the
House of Lords: “Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: “Do not march on
Moscow”. Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good.
That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2
of war. It is: “Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.” It is a
vast country, with no clearly defined objectives“. Most senior US military
commanders must realize that war against Russia and/or China is a suicidal
But while the insanity of
western leaders is unlikely to cause a war, I am afraid that their despair
Think of it: right now the US
is engaged in two parallel processes: on the one hand the US is involved in
sanctions and economic wars against most of the planet while on the other hand,
the US is withdrawing from one major international treaty after another
(including arms control treaties). Ask yourself a simple question: is this the
behavior of a country which is weak or strong? What does this “full-spectrum”
policy of confrontation and self-isolation (because that is what withdrawing
from so many agreements and treaties does: isolate the US) mean? Does it signal
the actions of a confident and strong power or one which is desperate and lashes
out on all levels?
As this short post by
Larchmonter445 reminds us, the current batch of US leaders
are first and foremost losers and while they are still doing a pretty good job of
window-dressing and flag-waving, it is becoming increasingly impossible to hide
the magnitude of the multi-level slow-motion collapse of the AngloZionist
Empire. I suppose that the band playing on the deck of the Titanic also played
louder and louder, but the outcome of the show was never in doubt. The same is
happening here and therein lies an enormous danger: the harder it becomes to
conceal the magnitude of the unfolding disaster, the more the Empire lashes
out, making the situation even worse which then makes it even harder to conceal
the magnitude of the disaster. The Empire in general, and the US specifically,
is literally cracking on all levels and there is absolutely no reasonable and
halfway viable way to reverse this trend because the one and only solution for
the US to survive is to give up the Empire and become a “normal”
country – something US leaders are not even willing to contemplate. The
Neocons, especially, seem to have a quasi-religious belief (or maybe it is just
an uncontrolled knee-jerk reaction) that when one of their putative “clever”
plans fail, the correct solution is to double-down. They seem to have fully
internalized the German aphorism “wenn es mit Gewalt nicht geht, dann geht es mit mehr Gewalt!” (if violence can’t fix it,
then even more violence will), forgetting that this belief did Germany no good
against Russia. As for the general western public, it has been successfully
turned into what I call “ideological drones“:
brainwashed automatons who will wave their (Chinese made) flags to cope with
any residual cognitive dissonance. When their certitudes finally come crashing
down, they will also lash out at everything and everybody in abject despair and
Right now the US and the
“global West” (aka the AngloZionist Empire) are on a direct collision course
with Russia (and probably China too). Right now, I see very few signs that
anybody in the western elites is able (or willing) to admit that at the end of that
road there is war and the destruction of the US (and possibly much of Europe).
Right now, the leaders of the Empire appear to be firmly locked into what the
French call the “fuite en avant” (which can roughly be translated as “flight forward”, or “headlong
rush”, “panic-induced compulsion to further exacerbate a crisis or calamity” or
even “unconscious mechanism that causes a person to throw himself/herself into
a dreaded danger”). I suppose that there is a sad and tragic irony in the fact
that the result of the US elites constantly conjuring up some completely
imaginary Russian “interventions” (in the US and elsewhere) might eventually
result in a very real Russia intervention, in the form of devastating missile
strikes, but this is hardly a consolation.
How likely is that to change in
the foreseeable future?
Not very likely, I am afraid.
Will Putin and Xi be able to
avert the looming war with the West?
Maybe. But with each passing
day bringing only further escalations and provocations from the “global West”
their task is becoming harder and harder.
So far all the Russian and
Chinese warnings have fallen on deaf ears and, frankly, I don’t believe that
more warnings will do any good.
This might be the time for
Russia and China to begin pushing back seriously. Everything else has failed,
at least so far.