The New Cold War Convergence Begins
There is a convergence of events occurring right now that could put major hurt on the worldwide economy and inevitably, citizens around the world. If you haven’t been watching the news, you probably should get to reading, and not just from one source.
Remember: all news media should be taken with a grain of salt, whether from the mainstream or alternative media sources. They all have some measure of truth, but it is often a jumble of conjecture and facts. It is up to you to decide what makes sense and what you should believe.
That said, it is hard to deny the impact the Russia-Ukraine-Western Countries debacle will have on the world if political positions don’t change. The US and EU have levied sanctions on Russia in the wake of the successful Crimea referendum. What do the sanctions mean for Russia? Their assets can be frozen, purchasing of foreign goods will become instantly more expense or impossible, and any financial aid they may have received will be halted, depending on how extensive they are deployed. As Newton’s Law dictates, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Of course, Russia will counter such measures by a number of methodologies, including halting oil and natural gas pipelines running through Ukraine into Europe, thereby instantly making oil prices skyrocket. There are so many scenarios and counterarguments that it makes the head spin.
The main point of all this is that the game of chicken doesn’t really end at Crimea joining the Russian Federation. Far from it. I am more interested in what the United States and the EU will do if Russia takes things a step further and assets further claims on now-sovereign nations like Estonia and Ukraine. If the US and EU really wanted to put pressure, the sanctions would have been more encompassing and harder hitting. Instead, it was effectively a slap on the wrist. The bigger picture for both the US and the EU is, potentially going to war with Russia over these nations… is it worth it? What does it prove?
Cui bono? Who benefits?
As we continue to look at this unfolding story, keep asking yourself that question. Somehow, somewhere, there is something to be made: money, more land, resources. Is it safe to call this a new cold war? Well, I prefer to call it a cold war convergence, for things are coming together in what will be major decision time for the team of Russia and China (let’s just call it what it is) and the Western “powers” (used VERY judiciously).
Do we sink the ship? Or only wound it? And if the ship sinks… are we ready for what’s next?