Borrowing from Peter to Slay Paul

March 12, 2015

He that dies pays all debtsThe Tempest, III, ii

The contrast could not be more clear between the way the governments of the west are treating Ukraine, versus how they are treating Greece. The policy, at least, is duplicitous, and has grave implications within the current potential nuclear showdown.

Let's briefly look at Ukraine.

Ukraine

The U.S. and institutions of the west such as NATO have been supporting the Nazi-backed coup government in Kiev, openly admitting their financial, military, and diplomatic support. The U.S. Senate just concluded a competition over who could proclaim their support for the Ukrainian Nazis more fervently, and U.S. Defense Secretary Carter just announced $75,000,000 towards militarily aiding and abetting the Nazi Battalions. In fact, a top adviser to Prime Minister Poroshenko has just stated that Ukraine needs less of their traditional draftees, and more Nazi volunteers. This, as they are actively sabotaging the implementation of the Minsk accords.

The West makes no secret of the fact that their support of the Ukrainian military is directly aimed at Russia, and some have made the point that the U.S. sanctions against Russia will do nothing but unify the country in opposition, and give voice to the more radical elements of policy.

If that weren't enough, the IMF has just announced that they will be bailing out the Nazi coup government of Ukraine, with $17,500,000,000.

Compare this to the treatment of Greece.

Greece

As we reported earlier, Greece actually owes nothing to international creditors, as widely claimed in the media:

What Americans need to know about Greece and "its debt," is that the new Greek government is asking the European Union to shut down a huge Wall Street-London bank swindle and make economic growth possible again in Europe.

If that doesn't happen, the worsening bankruptcy of the whole trans-Atlantic banking system will continue to generate desperate confrontations with major powers Russia and China, with the threat of world war.

Not only do governments of the West, notably the (catas)-Troika, expect Greece to pay a fraudulent debt, they refuse to offer Greece any help, while they bail out Ukraine, expecting much of Greece's near term debt payments to help pay for the Ukraine Bailout.

The origin of the apparent paradox between the west's handling of Ukraine, vs. their treatment of Greece lies in neither Greece or Ukraine, but has more to do with the bankruptcy of the London-Wall Street transatlantic system as a whole. As LaRouche reiterated in his March 6th Friday webcast message:

The question being asked by Russia and many other nations today, is whether the Europeans and the United States under Obama can survive their own foolishness, or whether their actions will lead to world war, and a possibility of general extermination. Queen Elizabeth and her circles may appreciate the idea of general war, but I don't.

"Greece, fortunately, does have a place. They can join the other club. They can become a part of the BRICS process. A growing part of the world is breaking from the Anglo-American interests, and this is now including a majority of nations of South and Central America and the Caribbean. Of course, this also includes many nations of Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa..."

"What we are seeing in the confrontation with Greece, as well as the confrontation with Russia, is a last, desperate effort to bluff. The danger is, that at the end of this bluff, is nuclear war. The challenge for most Americans, is that they cannot conceive of the insanity that is driving this policy of bluff and provocation. They cannot conceive, for the most part, that anyone is willing to risk the suicidal extermination of mankind. This is insanity beyond comprehension, yet this is what we are dealing with in the case of Obama, the British, and other desperate forces."

The rest of Mr. LaRouche's statement can be found here, Call the EU Bluff and Join the BRICS dynamic.

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Tsipras Pushes Reparations from Germany, Links Issue to 1953 Debt Conference

Speaking at a special session of the Greek parliament March 10, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras backed the establishment of a committee to seek war reparations from Germany for crimes committed in the Nazi era.

According to the publication To Vima, which claims to have seen an April 2013 report by a parliamentary investigatory committee, the amount of money in question—which would deal with destruction to infrastructure and a forced loan—would amount to EU162 billion.

In his parliamentary speech, Tsipras said that the issue was a sensitive one, and would have to be negotiated, but that there was a moral issue involved. He then linked that moral issue to the question of the demands being made against Greece, to pay its unpayable debt.

He noted that Germany got support for an enormous write-down of its debts at the London Debt Agreement conference of 1953, despite the crimes of the Nazi era. In an obvious reference to current demands by Germans like Finance Minister Schäuble that it was Greece's [moral] obligation to pay every penny by savaging its population, Tsipras then added: "We are not giving morality lessons, but we will not accept morality lessons either."

During the debate, the Justice Minister indicated that he might approve an order to confiscate property, particularly in the case of a massacre which occurred in the small village of Distomo.

A spokesperson for Chancellor Merkel has already rejected the Greek demand.


Lavrov Lays Out EU, Kiev Sabotage of Minsk Accords

During an extensive press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provided a somewhat detailed briefing on the ongoing sabotage of the Minsk Accords, in the course of answering questions.

First, he noted that

"it looks like the EU bureaucracy in Brussels is deliberately escalating the confrontation with Russia, often trying to pretend that no progress is being made in fulfilling the military clauses of the Minsk agreements. This delays the implementation of the political clauses and, at the same time, hampers the normalization of EU-Russia relations, something many countries advocate, including Spain"

(transcript from Russian Foreign Ministry).

Later, he described how the Kiev authorities are also denying that military objectives are substantially being met, and were sabotaging the Minsk agreement, which all the Western powers claim they want to see fully implemented.

First, Kiev said they had no obligations to grant "an amnesty to the participants in the events in southeastern Ukraine, nor had they assumed any political or legal obligations to take Donetsk and Lugansk's positions into consideration in carrying out constitutional reform."

Second, he noted that the Rada had issued a statement saying it would not cooperate with representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics to hold local elections—an item in the agreement.

Third, Kiev has refused to honor the agreement to establish working subgroups within the Contact Group on the constitutional process, humanitarian and economic issues, the holding of elections, and so on.

To Lavrov's listing one might add the specific statement of Vladislav Deinego, the Lugansk republic representative on the Contact Group, who both complained of ongoing shelling by Kiev, and also noted that the Rada had only 4 days left to meet the deadline set in the Minsk accords for adopting a decree on granting special status to Donbas.

Lavrov concluded his discussion as follows:

"Are our Western colleagues unable to see all this? It is essential to draw their attention to the fact that full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which they call for, is in fact being blocked by the Kiev authorities.

I don't know what tools the Americans and Europeans have to pressure Kiev. Perhaps they should use their preferred mechanism—sanctions—to force the Kiev authorities to deliver on what they have agreed and what all our Western colleagues are demanding."


Carter & Fallon Announce More Aid to Ukraine

U.K. Defense Minister Michael Fallon was U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's first guest at the Pentagon, yesterday afternoon, and Carter's first bilateral meeting with a counterpart since he assumed his present post. During their joint press conference, they both gushed over the "special relationship," with Fallon stating that the relationship is "like no other, reflecting shared determination to face those risks together," whether they be Russia's (alleged) violations of international norms, the brutality of ISIS or Assad in Syria, the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran, or agreement on defense spending.

During his opening remarks, Carter confirmed statements made earlier in the day by the Obama Administration that the U.S. would provide an additional $75 million in nonlethal military assistance, plus 200 humvees, to Ukraine. That assistance includes reconnaissance drones, radios, counter-mortar radars, medical and other supplies. Carter and Fallon agreed that U.S.-U.K. "leadership" is vital to facing down the Russian "threat."

The British input into the discussion can be surmised from looking at the official statement by Fallon's counterpart, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on March 10, and Fallon's on previous statements. Hammond designated Russia as the "single greatest threat to our security," whereas Fallon had expressed his view during February that Russia represented a "real and present danger" in the Baltics, which he thought Putin might try to destabilize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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