Putin’s hour is at hand


By Paul Craig Roberts

Putin is the most impressive leader on the world stage.  He survived and arose from a Russia corrupted
by Washington and Israel during the Yeltsin years and reestablished Russia as a
world power.  He dealt successfully with
American/Israeli aggression against South Ossetia and against Ukraine,
incorporating at Crimea’s request the Russian province back into Mother Russia.
He has tolerated endless insults and provocations from Washington and its
empire without responding in kind.  

He is
conciliatory and a peacemaker from a position of strength. He knows that the
American empire based as it is on arrogance and lies is failing economically,
socially, politically, and militarily. He understands that war serves no
Russian interest. Washington’s murder of Qasem Soleimani, a great Iranian
leader, indeed, one of the rare leaders in world history, has dimmed Trump’s
leadership and placed the limelight on Putin.

The stage
is set for Putin and Russia to assume the leadership of the world. Washington’s
murder of Soleimani is a criminal act that could start World War 3 just as the
Serbian murder of the Austrian Archduke set World War 1 in motion. Only Putin
and Russia with China’s help can stop this war that Washington has set in
motion. Putin understood that the Washington/Israeli intended destabilization
of Syria was aimed at Russia.

warning Russia intervened, defeated the Washington financed and armed proxy
forces, and restored stability to Syria. Defeated, Washington and Israel have
decided to bypass Syria and take the attack on Russia directly to Iran. The
destabilization of Iran serves both Washington and Israel. For Israel Iran’s
demise stops support for Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that has twice
defeated Israel’s army and prevented Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon.

Washington Iran’s demise allows CIA-supported jihadists to bring instability
into the Russian Federation. Unless Putin submits to American and Israeli will,
he has no choice but to block any Washington/Israeli attack on Iran. The
easiest and cleanest way for Putin to do this is to announce that Iran is under
Russia’s protection. This protection should be formalized in a mutual defense
treaty between Russia, China, and Iran, with perhaps India and Turkey as

This is
hard for Putin to do, because incompetent historians have convinced Putin that
alliances are the cause of war. But an alliance such as this would prevent
war.  Not even the insane criminal
Netanyahu and the crazed American neoconservatives would, even when completely
drunk or deluded, declare war on Iran, Russia, China, and if included in the
alliance India and Turkey. It would mean the death of America, Israel and any
European country sufficiently stupid to participate.

If Putin is
unable to free himself from the influence of incompetent historians, who in
effect are serving Washington, not Russian, interests, he has other options. He
can calm down Iran by giving Iran the best Russian air defense systems with
Russian crews to train the Iranians and whose presence serve as a warning to
Washington and Israel that an attack on Russian forces is an attack on Russia.

This done,
Putin can then, not offer, but insist on mediating.  This is Putin’s role as there is no other
with the power, influence and objectivity to mediate. Putin’s job is not so
much to rescue Iran as to get Trump out of a losing war that would destroy
Trump. Putin could set his own price. For example, Putin’s price can be the
revival of the INF / start treaty, the anti-ballistic missile treaty, the
removal of NATO from Russian borders. In effect, Putin is positioned to demand
whatever he wants.

missiles can sink any American vessels anywhere near Iran. Chinese missiles can
sink any American fleets anywhere near China. Russian missiles can sink
American fleets anywhere in the world. The ability of Washington to project
power in the Middle East now that everyone, Shia and Sunni and Washington’s
former proxies such as ISIS, hates Americans with a passion is zero. The State
Department has had to order Americans out of the Middle East.

How does Washington count as a force in the Middle East when no
American is safe there? Of course Washington is stupid in its arrogance, and
Putin, China, and Iran must take this into consideration. A stupid government
is capable of bringing ruin not only on itself but on others. So there are
risks for Putin. But there are also risks for Putin failing to take charge. If
Washington and Israel attack Iran, which Israel will try to provoke by some
false flag event as sinking an American warship and blaming Iran, Russia will
be at war anyway. Better for the initiative to be in Putin’s hands. And better
for the world and life on Earth for Russia to be in charge.

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