The Guardian 2014 – It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war

The armaments industry can’t believe its good fortune as its deathly goods pour into the Ukraine. To question any of this is to be derided as a Putin apologist. At the very least it’s worth reflecting on this article by Seamus Milne, which appeared in Comment is Free, well over eight years ago.

‘The reality is that after two decades of Nato expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west’s attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit … ‘ Illustration: Matt Kenyon

Milne begins:

The threat of war in Ukraine is growing. As the unelected government in Kiev declares itself unable to control the rebellion in the country’s east, John Kerry brands Russia a rogue state. The US and the European Union step up sanctions against the Kremlin, accusing it of destabilising Ukraine. The White House is reported to be set on a new cold war policy with the aim of turning Russia into a “pariah state”

He concludes:

The US and EU have already overplayed their hand in Ukraine. Neither Russia nor the western powers may want to intervene directly, and the Ukrainian prime minister’s conjuring up of a third world war presumably isn’t authorised by his Washington sponsors. But a century after 1914, the risk of unintended consequences should be obvious enough – as the threat of a return of big-power conflict grows. Pressure for a negotiated end to the crisis is essential.

In 2023 it is neither fanciful nor neurotic to fear an escalation into a nuclear conflict.

Today Milne’s analysis would not be offered the time of the day – least of all in the war-mongering Guardian.

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One thought on “The Guardian 2014 – It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war

  1. Tim Price

    Is the move to bigger blocs the road to a star Trek first series view of our planet happening here? Would the UK be in recession if it was not arming this conflict? Given the state of the post Brexit economy are they using the time to dream up a new solution to the current crisi in the capitalist system? I only ask.


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