Eric Zuesse – Who Actually CAUSED this War in Ukraine?

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Who Actually CAUSED this War in Ukraine?

24 February 1990, US President George Herbert Walker Bush Secretly informed German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at Camp David, that though Bush and All of his Agents such as Secretary of State James Baker had Verbally Promised the Soviet Union S Leader Mikhail Gorbachev that (as Baker put it) NATO would Not ExpandOne Inch to the East” (toward Russia’s Border) if Communism and the SovietsNATO Mirror Military Alliance Warsaw Pact would End, and the Soviet Union break up, this had been Only in Order to Deceive Gorbachev, and, that Actually, the Cold War on the US and Allied Side would Secretly continue until Russia itself would Ultimately become Part of the US Controlled Empire. Later, Bush Similarly Informed Other US Allied Heads of State. A Colleague Recently told me that he considers this Okay because there was No Signed Agreement by Gorbachev and Bush on This Matter. So, Those Promises should Just have been Ignored by Gorbachev. In Other Words, Bush S Intention for America and it S Allies to Conquer Russia was Okay. I responded to him as follows.

Because of your Underlying Assumption that ONLY WRITTEN Agreements count, I Just Now did Some Research on Whether America S Now having Unilaterally Cancelled Russia’s Membership in the WTO (World Trade Organization) so as to be Able to Tariff at Sky High Rates Russian Imports into the US is Legal. America is A Signed Member of WTO, and so is Russia.

The WTO Treaty (called “GATT” for “General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade”) opens with Article 1, Paragraph 1, which prohibits Any Member from ProvidingAny Advantage, Favour, Privilege or Immunity granted by any Contracting Party to any Product Originating in or Destined for Any Other Country” unless the Same Treatment is being Provided to All Other Member Countries. That’s the Core of the GATT, Non Discriminatory International Trade

The Next Question is Whether (or under what Conditions) A Country can be Expelled from the WTO as America and It S Allies Claim to be doing. The Entire WTO Treaty fails Even So Much as to Just Mention Expulsion – and, so, the Honest Answer here is Clearly No.

Yet America ‘Did It, and It S Vassal Nations (‘Allies’) Joined InAll of Them Clearly Violating that Written Treaty, Which All of  Signed.

On 12 March 2022, the Neo Conservative Washington Post, Jeff Bezos S Newspaper, bannered There are Two Ways to Kick Russia Out of the World Trade System. One is More lLkely to Work.”, and it argued that, “Even if WTO Members do Not Act Collectively to Suspend or Expel Russia, they can ActI ndividually to effectively remove Russia S WTO Privileges. Indeed, Ukraine and Canada have Already Done So.” The Argument is that This Can Be Done if “A WTO Member ‘Considers Necessary for the Protection of it S Essential Security Interests ( . . .) taken in Time of War or Other Emergency in International Relations.’” That Excuse can be Used by any Country against Any Country it wants to Harm, but since the Treaty includes No Provision to Expel Any Member, Any Country that uses this as a Mere Excuse – when NOT under Threat (unlike Ukraine, which IS Actually at War with Russia) – such as the US and it S Allies are – violates the Treaty S Opening Paragraph.

Previously, America S having Punitively Tariffed China in 2018 had been Ruled illegal by the WTO in 2020.

On 22 August 2018, the Neo Conservative Wall Street Journal had HeadlinedFor US to Stay in WTO, China May Have to Leave. Instead of Unilateral Tariffs, the US and It SAlliescould Use theWorld Trade Organization to force China to Alter it S Trade Distorting Behavior – or Leave”. It reported that
There may be A More Effective Solution. Threaten China with Expulsion from the WTO. Calling this the Nuclear Option doesn T really do it Justice since the Nuclear Weapons don T Even Exist. The WTO lacks A Formal Mechanism to throw out A Member. But it S Founding Charter, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, includes A Section, Article XXIII, that can Achieve the Same Thing. It allows A Case to be Brought against A Member for Behavior that doesn Specifically Violate the Treaty but “Nullifies or Impairs” the Benefits Every Other Country expects to Derive from the WTO.

Of Course, since their Argument was merely Smoke and Mirrors, the only People Whom it might have Fooled would have been Other Neo ConservativesCertainly No International Legal Body. That’s WHY the WTO Rejected It.

Consequently, it is Clear that at Least in Regard to America S having Signed onto the WTO Treaty, it S Signature (and that of It S Vassal Nations) means Actually Nothing. That was A Signed, Sealed, and Delivered American and International Contract (Treaty), but America (and it SAllies’) violate it with Impunity. They, in Fact, do This Routinely.

So, the Real Issue here isn TSigned’ versus ‘Only Spoken’, but, instead, Honest versus Dishonest, and Maybe Even More Basically War (Coercive) versus Peace (Non Coercive). Russia had Done Everything It Could to Avoid Needing to Invade Ukraine in Order to Disempower the Nazi S who have been Running the Country. Ever since Obama S 2014 Coup placed It into the Hands of Rabidly Anti Russian Racist Fascists There. Both the US Regime and it S NATO Military Alliance answered Russia S Demand Clearly. No, Never – Only We can have Any Say over Whether or Not Ukraine, on Russia S border, joins NATO! What Other Option did Putin Then Have, in Order to Avoid A Cuban Missile Crisis in the Reverse Direction? Why is US President Biden (and Why aren T His Predecessors and His Allies) Who Refused Even to Consider Putin S Very Reasonable Demand to Exclude Ukraine from NATO, Not Being Blamed as Having Actually Caused This War?

On 24 February 1990, Bush introduced the Plan. The War in Ukraine is One Climactic Result of that Plan, which GHW Bush had Started and Barack Obama Raised to the Threat Level it Now poses. Vladimir Putin Really is Responding to that Plan, in the Only Way that is Realistically Left to Him to Do.

Investigative Historian Eric Zuesse S Next Book (soon to be Published) will be AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL Hitler S Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change. It S about How America took over the World after World War II in Order to Enslave it to US and Allied Billionaires. Their Cartels extract the World S Wealth by Control of Not Only theirNewsMedia but the SocialSciences’ – duping the Public.

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