Until the NATO attacks on Serbia, Russia was a nation severely
divided over politics. There were no “common enemies” among the
disparate factions of Communists, fascists, nationalists and democrats.
The once-fearful Russian bear was asleep. Bill Clinton fixed that.

Today, there is virtual unanimity among Russians that the United
States and its NATO allies represent an aggressive, imperialist threat.

As a result, Russians are demonstrating in the streets, volunteering
for military service on behalf of Belgrade and mobilizing their military
in a way not witnessed since the height of the Cold War.

Is all this, as Clinton explains, just an unfortunate side-effect of
the Balkans action? Or does it potentially represent the unmistakable
stage-setting for World War III?

According to Turkish intelligence sources, Russia is sending another
nine-vessel naval battle group to the Mediterranean. Moscow is beginning
to draft young men into military service with a preliminary target of
169,000 recruits.

Such ominous developments are receiving scant notice by the White
House and Defense Department, which are focused on day-to-day
escalations of their offensive actions against the Serbs. The western
media pretend Russia’s grumblings are meaningless. They are scarcely
mentioned in the daily news coverage of the establishment press. It’s as
if the Russian army is perceived to be some kind of irrelevant “paper
tiger.” It is not.

The Russian army, while certainly demoralized before the U.S. Balkans
war, now has a popular cause. Even in its fallen state, Moscow boasts
military forces at least triple the size of Washington’s. The new
recruits will make it four times larger than the U.S. military.

It’s worth pointing out that Russia’s nuclear arsenal is still potent
enough to destroy the United States — to reduce it to cinders —
several times over. And the U.S. would have no defense against such an
attack — none, zip, zero, zilch. Our only counter-measure would be to
destroy Russia, which, unlike the U.S. still maintains the vestiges of a
civil defense apparatus. They’ve been preparing. We haven’t.

Furthermore, Russia has no military distractions other than the
current events in the Balkans. While the U.S. is heavily committed to
defending its allies in South Korea from an always threatening Pyongyang
and conducting nearly daily bombing runs in Iraq. The U.S. military
would have a very difficult time, analysts say, fighting on two fronts.
Fighting on three would be a mission-impossible scenario.

Then, of course, there’s always the wild card of China. With a
strategic alliance forged between Beijing and Moscow, imagine the crisis
the U.S. would face if the Chinese decided the time was right to pursue
its territorial claims to Taiwan or the Spratly Islands or some other
Asian outpost. The U.S. has been forced to move its last aircraft
carrier battle group from Asia to the Persian Gulf. Washington is
betting that China and North Korea are going to remain on their best
behavior for the foreseeable future. Do you like those odds?

Back in Russia, meanwhile, our old friend Boris Yeltsin, already
weakened by health problems, is perceived by many in Moscow as a wimp
who is refusing to stand up to the West. He’s on shaky grounds
politically, facing impeachment and growing opposition from hard-line
Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

On virtually a daily basis, the most bellicose, warlike and
threatening statements are being issued from Moscow and Beijing. The
leaders of Russia and China are angry about the NATO attack on Serbia.
They feel betrayed by the assurances of this “defensive” alliance that
it would never use its military might in an offensive way — that it
would never try to impose its will on neighbors.

Of course, no matter how you slice it, that’s just what NATO has done
in the Balkans. You can rationalize it all you want. You can pretend
this action is humanitarian in nature and only designed to protect
civilians from harm. The fact is that more civilians have been killed
since this war began than in the weeks and months prior. It looks like
imperialism. It smells like imperialism. It sounds like imperialism. It
feels like imperialism.

Not only has the NATO mission failed miserably in its primary stated
objective of humanitarian relief, it has moved the entire world
precipitously closer to Armageddon. Is it all a big blunder? Or is there
globalist calculation behind this apparent madness?

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