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Dear Friends + Interlocutors,
OMG. Is Germany about to hit the wall? From what I’ve been reading, outside the inner precincts of the American mainstream media, the answer to that question appears to be, “Yes, if nothing changes, the wall will be hit this winter.” Certainly, the possibility is there.
It all comes down to the Washington-instigated war in Ukraine and the fact that Germany as well as the rest of Europe have been foolish enough to swallow Washington’s false narrative and follow its self-destructive lead.
The offramp to a negotiated settlement with Ukraine, prior to the Russian intervention on February 24th, was blown up when the EU and NATO, basically Germany and France, walked away from the Minsk II agreement.
That agreement, which Ukraine signed, with France and Germany as guarantors, would have provided a degree of autonomy within Ukraine for parts of Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine. If you look at the current battlefield map, it is this limited area which Russia now occupies.
It is this area that wanted to break away from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The Russian population there had been asking Putin for help ever since the CIA and Neocon battle-axe Victoria Nuland orchestrated the 2014 coup in Kiev which overthrew the elected government.
There is no need to go into the sorry details, to get into the weeds. The point is, Washington picked up the phone to Berlin and Paris, and said, quash Minsk II! Negotiations with Moscow were throttled. Minsk II was jettisoned.
This led directly and logically to the war we now have, and to the subsequent overwhelming sanctions against Russia, dictated again by Washington. It seems to me to have been part of a plan.
That clown in London—what’s his name?—P.M. Johnson, encouraged Berlin and Paris in their folly. Now Europe’s economy is collapsing from lack of energy which Russia routinely supplied. Russia was not (and is not) an enemy of Europe. It was a partner.
As soon as Germany and France threw Minsk II overboard, and let Washington dictate the agenda, Europe was doomed. Evidently, European leaders cannot conceive of their own best interests. It is so much easier to take orders from Washington.
David Stockman, President Reagan’s budget guru, summarized the economic consequences best in his August 23rd, posting, “Winter is Coming”
...The next six months are stacking up to be the largest policy disaster ever promulgated by Washington. By mid-winter, Kiev will have lost its foolish war against Russia, but by then its will be too late for Europe’s lap dogs to change course.
That’s because European natural gas stocks will be at catastrophic lows. This will cause power plant outages throughout the continent—compounded by the fact that France’s nuke fleet is also undergoing drastic availability problems, while the insane Green Party Economy and Energy Minister of Germany, Robert Habeck, insists on closing German’s last three nuke plants on schedule in December.
The consequence will be literally millions of dark and freezing homes in the UK and Europe and a desperate scramble among governments for marginal energy supplies like the world has never seen. Energy prices will literally shoot the moon….
Can this be true? To be honest, I don’t know. My only point is, all of it was unnecessary. By that I mean, the war itself, the sanctions which have boomeranged and cut Europe off from Russia, and the current speculation about what will be the ultimate results of this mistake not just for Europe but for the entire world.
If only Washington would mind its own business, and let Europe take care of Europe and deal with Russia. On the other hand, perhaps the leaders in Berlin, Paris and London have lost the ability to think clearly.
Even so, they couldn’t do worse than what the meddling masterminds in Washington have accomplished since the end of the Cold War.