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Once Again, The Drums Of War Thunder Across America - And The World

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Is Russia launching deadly drones in any part of Eurasia and surrounding regions to attack supposed enemies such as the U.S. is doing almost every day in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia? Was it Russia that took over the Ukraine government in Kiev, forced changes in its leadership and started calling the shots and directions that the government would take? No, based on reliable, independent reports, that was orchestrated by one Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State.

It's becoming evident that neither Russia nor the EU nations want to engage in a war over Ukraine. Neither wants to endanger the strong mutual trade that exists. Just recently the leaders of Germany and France, Merkel and Hollande, went to Moscow to meet with Putin in an attempt to resolve this situation peaceably. In contrast, and as expected, the U.S. has shown no real interest in cooling off this situation; that is, unless Russia bends to its dictates. So Mr. Obama most likely will continue to use various forms of powerful sanctions and the threat of military force to try to bring the Kremlin to its knees. Good luck with that.

Ukraine is like a ticking time bomb that is ready to explode at any moment. Yes, the U.S. can defuse this bomb by stepping back from its highly aggressive posture and, instead, use the now nearly obsolete art of diplomacy to avoid war. That's what a real leader, a legitimate superpower, would do; acting first as a peacemaker rather than a war maker.

Is there no one in this U.S. government who will try to resolve these differences by using one's head instead of one's fists? Why doesn't President Obama, that 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who now could actually earn that award, take the initiative and arrange to sit down face to face with Putin in a series of discussions to somehow resolve this situation, to at least, arrive at some kind of compromise. If he does he will have at least one major accomplishment added to his future legacy.

As these drums keep beating, the voices of reason and rationality in America are slowly but surely being silenced; the muzzles on the mouths of the parrot-like mainstream media are being tightened. This is like watching a nightmare that we have seen numerous times, one that just won't go away; one that repeats the same plot involving military hubris while only the actors, this president and government officials, have changed.

One thing is certain as this latest march to war gains momentum; the U.S. government is not going to change of its own free will, it is not going to suddenly reject war and embrace diplomacy. When corporations are making monumental profits from manufacturing the weapons of war and those in the Pentagon thrive on endless war, does anyone think that they will sit by and watch as their livelihoods are decimated? Not a chance.

While these drums of war continue to reverberate throughout America one of the most troubling aspects of all is that the vast majority of Americans continue to say absolutely nothing, seemingly caught up in a state of mental paralysis as they prepare themselves to, once again, accept and condone this government's agenda of military hubris. Some things never change.

What happens next? Here are two scenarios that could evolve. In the first, the positive one, the EU nations, after further talks with Putin and then Obama, will decide that they will not be a part of any direct confrontation, that they will not destroy a trade relationship that could sink their declining economies; and they will strongly urge the U.S. to refrain from sending lethal weapons to Ukraine.

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