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Ukraine and the Merchants of Death

The merchants of Death—Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, et al—gathered in Washington on Wednesday like a flock of vultures descending on roadkill.

“The Pentagon will host leaders from the top eight U.S. weapons manufacturers on Wednesday to discuss the industry’s capacity to meet Ukraine’s weapons needs if the war with Russia lasts years, two people familiar with the meeting said on Tuesday,” reports Reuters.

“The Pentagon’s office of Acquisition and Sustainment, the weapons buyer for the U.S. Department of Defense, will host the 90 minute meeting and Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks was expected to attend, one of the people said,” according to the report. The specific issues discussed at the meeting are classified.

Hicks is of “liberal interventionist” pedigree, having earned her chops as a senior vice president and director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a neocon-infested think tank initially funded by Richard Mellon Scaife, the late “Darth Vader”philanthropist of the religious right (Scaife bankrolled the American Enterprise Institute, a neocon think tank at the forefront of pushing the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003).

Ms. Hicks is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her boss is Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, a former vice chief of staff of the Army and a CENTCOM commander who used the well-worn and oiled revolving door that delivered him to the corporate suite of the death merchant Raytheon where he became a member of Raytheon’s board of directors.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin together manufacture the Javelin antitank missiles the corporate media in the West heralds as effectively taking out scores of Russian tanks. Raytheon also produces Stinger antiaircraft missiles. The effectiveness of Stinger missiles was demonstrated in the mid-1980s, when the CIA-supported and Saudi financed Afghan Mujahideen used the missiles provided by the CIA to shoot down Soviet helicopters. Both the US and Germany are supplying Kyiv with hundreds of the missiles in addition to mega-tons of other military hardware.

“The meeting, hosted by the Pentagon’s weapons buyer, will come as the Biden administration is aiming to massively increase the flow of U.S. arms and other military equipment into Ukraine, a step that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has demanded as his country fights Russia’s illegal and devastating invasion,” reports the liberal website Common Dreams. (No mention here of the fact the Clinton administration broke a promise not to push NATO troops up against Russia’s border; see “NATO, Russia and the Other Broken Promise,” at Antiwar.com.)

Biden will approve $750 million in addition to the $1.7 billion already committed to Ukraine in the form of military assistance, a windfall for the merchants of death and their conscienceless shareholders.

“The Department of Defense last week said it has provided the Ukrainians with thousands of pieces of anti-aircraft and anti-armor munitions, including Stinger and Javelin missiles; hundreds of Switchblade drones, which act as remote-controlled missiles; laser-guided rocket systems; and 50 million rounds of ammunition,” according to The Hill, all of it due to further enrich the corporate enablers of mass murder and illegal wars.

In total, Congress has given away $13.6 billion in total “assistance” to the pariah state, the poorest and most corrupt in Europe, run in large part by Nazi-worshipping ultra-nationalists. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is Jewish, last year made an appearance with an anonymous Azov Battalion thug from Mariupol during a telecast speech before the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, Joe Lauria reported earlier this month for Consortium News.

“In Ukraine, support for the Ukrainian nationalist divisions who fought alongside the Nazis has become, over the last eight years, the founding ideology of the modern post-2013 Ukrainian state (which is very different from the diverse Ukrainian state which briefly existed 1991-2013),” writes Craig Murray for MROnline.

“As reported in The Times of Israel, hundreds took part in a demonstration in Kiev in May and others throughout Ukraine, in honor of a specific division of the SS. That is but one march and one division–glorification of its Nazi past is a mainstream part of Ukrainian political culture,” Murray continues. “…consider this—why does the United States government believe that avowed Nazis have freedom of speech, but that Julian Assange does not? You can have freedom of speech to advocate the murder of Jews and immigrants, but not to reveal U.S. war crimes?”

Converting Nazi-worshipping ultra-nationalists into heroic defenders of motherland Ukraine is a job left to the corporate media, while at home the FBI and the DHS warn about domestic terrorism, namely white supremacists that would feel right at home in the toxic political culture of Ukraine.

In fact, the danger posed by a white supremacist or nationalist movements in the United States is at best remote. More people are killed in an average weekend on the streets of Chicago than in a year by marginal and fringe white supremacists. It is a documented fact the FBI—and the CIA abroad—have created more terrorists than any racist or rightwing group in America.

A cognitively challenged President Biden has told the people of America he can’t do anything about rising gas prices and inflation, or for that matter the slow-motion slide of the middle class into poverty. Meanwhile, he dedicates billions of dollars of taxpayer money (actually debt for future generations) to rabid and murderous ultra-nationalists sworn to the genocidal removal of ethnic Russian from eastern and southern Ukraine.

The state and its war propaganda media refuse to level with the American people. The Russian military operation has nothing to do with the personality of Vladimir Putin or any imaginary attempt to reclaim the lost lands of a fallen Soviet Union. Russia invaded to disarm an unruly and fanatical neighbor that hates everything Russian and also eliminate the Nazi-lovers killing civilians in the Donbas and now hiding out in the Azovstal, the Ilyich industrial plant, and the seaport area in Mariupol.

Prior to the invasion, the corporate media reported occasionally on the indiscriminate shelling of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, conducted since 2014 until the present day, by the Ukrainian military and its violent nationalist component.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, there were 42,000-44,000 casualties in Donbas for the period from 14 April 2014 to 10 February 2020.

The only winners here are the death merchants and their shareholders. The CIA is planning a long and expensive guerrilla war in Ukraine as part of its ongoing—since the fall of the Soviet Union—effort to once again make the people of Russia suffer the ill-effects of neoliberalism, as the US did when it manipulated the pathetic Boris Yeltsin and empowered the rampant thievery of Russia’s oligarchs.

“Life expectancy plummeted in the successor states of the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s, with the largest declines occurring in Russia and other countries of the western former Soviet Union,” reports Elizabeth Brainerd of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies. “Male life expectancy at birth in Russia fell by six years between 1991 and 1994, from an already-low 63.4 years to 57.4 years over that period, an almost unprecedented decrease in life expectancy in three years. Female life expectancy followed a similar but less extreme pattern…”

Diminished life expectancy and grinding poverty is the fate of all who surrender to the neoliberal orthodoxy. Vladimir Putin and the Russian people know what is in store for them if they submit to the globalist New World Order, a construct long in the making and recently declared by a man who cannot read a teleprompter without flubbing. The liberal and woke interventionists in his administration have decided the war in Ukraine marks a new start for the likes of Klaus Schwab and global elite to finally establish their long-coveted New World Order.

Only they and the bankers and death merchants will prosper.

Kurt Nimmo
Kurt Nimmo is the editor of Another Day In The Empire.
http://anotherdayintheempire.com/author/nimmo/

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