We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ukraine: Kiev’s Ticking Time Bomb

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from The Greanville Post
After a brief ceasefire, Kiev has resumed the bombardment of populated centers in the eastern breakaway provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, both bordering with neighboring Russia. Kiev and its Western backers face a confounding dilemma – continue military operations in eastern Ukraine and create a heavily militarized opposition while racking up a troubling human rights record, or commit to a ceasefire and for all intents and purposes forfeit Donetsk and Lugansk just as Kiev has done regarding Crimea.
 Cartalucci's analysis of the terrible situation in Ukraine suggests a positive outcome leading to a "multi-polar world".
With NATO’s brand of hegemonic expansion swept aside, the world will be tasked with describing a new order with which to replace it. The multipolar world preferred by nations like Russia, China, and other BRICS members is already poised to serve this role. With the devastation of the West’s unipolar model on full display in eastern Ukraine, the cause of establishing a multipolar world gives added impetus to those resisting Western advances both within Ukraine, and beyond.
First of all, I don't see a multi-polar world as anything like a panacea. At best, it only temporarily averts a dangerous nuclear war. Secondly, I question the ability of the crazy neo-con infested Empire directorate to settle for any kind of multi-polar world. This is what makes the situation in Ukraine so dangerous. They have worked on the subversion of Ukraine for the past 20 years and have seen their recent success as a major step toward their quest for world domination. Thus, I see a more likely scenario in which the Empire's directorate throws in all kinds of military aid into the conflict including, if necessary, private armies to overwhelm the opposition in eastern Ukraine. I, too, see the Ukraine mess as a "ticking time bomb", but one that could easily lead to a major conflagration.