Paul Craig Roberts : Sleepwalking Again


SpockI have often wondered if Spock’s Vulcan ancestry was Gene Roddenberry’s way of underlining by contrast the fragility of human reason. In the context of modern military technology, is it possible for life to survive humanity’s penchant for emotion to trump reason and for self-delusion to prevail over factual reality?


By Paul Craig Roberts


On the 100th Anniversary of World War 1, the Western powers are again sleepwalking into destructive conflict. Hegemonic ambition has Washington interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, but developments seem to be moving beyond Washington’s control.

Regime change in Ukraine for a mere $5 billion dollars would be a bargain compared to the massive sums squandered in Iraq ($3,000 billion), Afghanistan ($3,000 billion), Somalia, and Libya, or the money Washington is wasting murdering people with drones in Pakistan and Yemen, or the money Washington has spent supporting al Qaeda in Syria, or the massive sums Washington has wasted surrounding Iran with 40 military bases and several fleets in the Persian Gulf in an effort to terrorize Iran into submission.

Three people have died in the latest series of clashes in Kiev (Reuters)
Three people have died in the latest series of clashes in Kiev (Reuters)

So far, in Washington’s attempt at regime change in Ukraine large numbers of Americans are not being killed and maimed. Only Ukrainians are dying, all the better for Washington as the deaths are blamed on the Ukrainian government that the US has targeted for overthrow.

The problem with Washington’s plot to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine and install its minions is twofold: The chosen US puppets have lost control of the protests to armed radical elements with historical links to nazism, and Russia regards an EU/NATO takeover of Ukraine as a strategic threat to Russian independence.

Washington overlooked that the financially viable part of today’s Ukraine consists of historical Russian provinces in the east and south that the Soviet leadership merged into Ukraine in order to dilute the fascist elements in western Ukraine that fought for Adolf Hitler against the Soviet Union. It is these ultra-nationalist elements with nazi roots, not Washington’s chosen puppets, who are now in charge of the armed rebellion in Western Ukraine.

If the democratically elected Ukraine government is overthrown, the eastern and southern parts would rejoin Russia. The western part would be looted by Western bankers and corporations, and the NATO Ukraine bases would be targeted by Russian Iskander missiles.

It would be a defeat for Washington and their gullible Ukrainian dupes to see half of the country return to Russia. To save face, Washington might provoke a great power confrontation, which could be the end of all of us.

My series of articles on the situation in Ukraine resulted in a number of interviews from Canada to Russia, with more scheduled. It also produced emotional rants from people of Ukrainian descent whose delusions are impenetrable by facts. Deranged Russophobes dismissed as propaganda the easily verifiable report of Assistant Secretary of State Nuland’s public address last December, in which she boasted that Washington had spent $5 billion preparing Ukraine to be aligned with Washington’s interests. Protest sympathizers claim that the intercepted telephone call between Nuland and the US Ambassador in Ukraine, in which the two US officials chose the government that would be installed following the coup, is a fake.





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One person actually suggested that my position should be aligned with the “sincerity of the Kiev students,” not with the facts.

Some Trekkers and Trekkies were more concerned that I used an improper title for Spock than they were with the prospect of great power confrontation. The point of my article flew off into space and missed planet Earth.

Spock’s mental powers were the best weapon that Starship Enterprise had. Among my graduate school friends, Spock was known as Dr. Spock, because he was the cool, calm, and unemotional member of the crew who could diagnose the problem and save the situation.

There are no Spocks in the US or any Western government and certainly not among the Ukrainian protesters.

I have often wondered if Spock’s Vulcan ancestry was Gene Roddenberry’s way of underlining by contrast the fragility of human reason. In the context of modern military technology, is it possible for life to survive humanity’s penchant for emotion to trump reason and for self-delusion to prevail over factual reality?

Source : Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest books are, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and How America Was Lost.

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  1. With reference to the first paragraph of Adam’s response above, it does seem as though the tendency to get into government and to then change the rules, seems a commonplace activity these days. Having done some research on a similar occurrence, that is Egypt, where the ‘Brotherhood’ was duly elected democratically but then populated all the major roles with Brotherhood supporters and functionaries and changed that which was seen to be the ground rules, has now brought them undone, perhaps as in the Ukraine. One could have been excused in thinking that the dirty hands of Israel, Saudi and the US, the world’s evil triumvirate supported in the wings by France and the UK, always there for a bit of intrigue, (and potential arms sales, of course) was in the process of finding a successor in Egypt for their very own Muburak, who served them well for so long.

    But then when you see minority groups supporting a military junta like Sisi then you know that the overthrow may have had some justification. Years of living under a dictator like Mubarak, who to say the least, ran a tight ship as a US puppet, must have made the Brotherhood overconfident, able to ignore the many months of public displays for change, only to receive another unacceptable, inexperienced ruler.

    One who learnt nothing from history

    Sadly my comparison may not be good enough for some, and justifiably so as I am just coming to grips with the reality that is that sad situation in a country like Ukraine that has been pushed around for as long as I can remember.

    Yes, I am aware of the Nuland’s and McCain’s involvement in these matters, always seemingly finding people like these two miscreants plying their dirty, disruptive, US-centric trade either under the directions of President Obama or on their own initiative, the latter more than likely the case. How they even wangle a visa to go to such countries in the first place is beyond my understanding. Remember McCain in Syria, just another example as he visited his favourite terrorists, al Qaeda.

    Is there anyone in the US who justifies investigation more than this charlatan.

    Now we see the big bully, America, telling Russia to’ stay out of it’ in Ukraine as the US stayed out of Iraq, and every other dalliance that they and their sycophantic fellow-travellers initiated, now touching on 200+, the graves of millions attesting to their self-centred folly.

    History as a teacher to intelligent men, which is should be, means nothing to those compromised members of the US elected government, almost to a man. Will we see Ukraine as another Libya, a NATO exercise in US muscle-flexing for commercial gain, another Syria with support for those who are easiest to manage and corrupt, or an all out war to assist in the balance of payments for the US military / industrial political sponsors, almost the last of the really profitable industries that are still owned by Americans, the rest having been exported to China along with the associated jobs.

    So, whatever happens, it will be a trigger for another dalliance and another after that, and on it goes, the lessons from history, plain old rational thinking and common sense, relegated to the dust bin, all under the synthetic banner of “Exceptionalism”

    Seems to me that the only difference in all the US-initiated wars is the geography. The methods are the same, but much easier these days, however, as the media is Zionist owned, the government totally corrupt and the people too apathetic to care.