The Men Who Would Kill the WorldSubmitted by fightapathy on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 13:16
Anyone who's not heard of Senate Bill 2277 "the Russian Aggression Provocation (sic) Act (RAPA)" ought to get to know it and quick. Sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker, it is co-sponsored by twenty-six other senators, all Republicans. These are the men who would kill the world:
Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] - 5/1/2014
Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] - 5/1/2014
Sen Barrasso, John [WY] - 5/1/2014
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] - 5/1/2014
Sen Burr, Richard [NC] - 5/1/2014
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] - 5/6/2014
Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] - 5/1/2014
Sen Cornyn, John [TX] - 5/1/2014
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] - 5/6/2014
Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] - 5/1/2014
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 5/1/2014
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 5/1/2014
Sen Hoeven, John [ND] - 5/1/2014
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] - 5/1/2014
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] - 5/1/2014
Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] - 5/1/2014
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] - 5/1/2014
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/1/2014
Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] - 5/1/2014
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] - 5/1/2014
Sen Risch, James E. [ID] - 5/1/2014
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] - 5/1/2014
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] - 5/1/2014
Sen Thune, John [SD] - 5/1/2014
Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] - 5/6/2014
Sen Vitter, David [LA] - 5/6/2014
For, S.2277 is breath-taking in the audaciously aggressive actions it would take to provoke Russia into an immediate military countermeasure.
Steven Starr's article on S.2277 makes one shudder as to the consequences for world peace: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-russian-aggression-preventi...
One of the most shocking parts is this: "The Russian Aggression Prevention Act, or RAPA, Provides major non-NATO ally status for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova for purposes of the transfer or possible transfer of defense articles or defense services. Major non-NATO ally status would for practical purposes give NATO membership to these nations, as it would allow the US to move large amounts of military equipment and forces to them without the need for approval of other NATO member states. Thus RAPA would effectively bypass long-standing German opposition to the US request to make Ukraine and Georgia part of NATO."
This violates the NATO charter, which demands that only NATO members may receive this kind of treatment. And NATO members such as Germany and France have been wary of treading toward former Soviet Republics that were long-time parts of the historical Russia state, such as Ukraine and Moldova and Georgia, and all of which have or have had armed separatist conflicts within their borders -- another clear violation of the NATO charter.
But RAPA is not NATO. It is the diktat of the U.S. military industrial complex. Starr confirms this:
"RAPA would accelerate the implementation of phase three of the European Phased Adaptive Approach for Europe-based missile defense . . . by no later than the end of calendar year 2016. In 2012, Russia’s highest ranking military officer stated that Russia might consider a pre-emptive strike against such BMD deployments when the situation gets harder."
Furthermore, "RAPA would have the U.S. quickly supply Ukraine with$100 million worth of weapons and equipment, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, crew weapons, grenade launchers, machine guns, ammunition, and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles."
Most terrifying of all, RAPA contains a definitive timed ultimatum for war -- the first since World War II:
"The Russian Aggression Prevention Act demands that Russia withdraw from the eastern border of Ukraine, which is by definition, the Russian border. In other words, RAPA provocatively demands that Russia remove its own military forces away from its own borders, while Ukrainian military forces are meanwhile massed on the other side, attacking predominantly Russian cities."
"RAPA therefore provides both military and political support for Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s stated goat that Ukraine will retake Crimea. This goal was recently echoed by the Ukrainian defense minister, who was applauded by the Ukrainian Parliament when he told them that the Ukrainian army will have a victory parade in Sevastopol. These statements are taken seriously in Moscow, where they are viewed as a promise to attack Russia."
I personally was in Sevastopol on vacation for a few days last week (August 12-15, 2014). While strolling on the main boulevard toward Nakhimov Square, I came to a war memorial to the Afghanistan dead with a tank in front of it. Some boys were playing atop it. My wife called out to them, "Boys! Will you fight for Sevastopol?" The nine and ten year old boys gleefully shouted, "YES! We will defend our city from the enemy, like our grandfathers did!" She asked, "Which enemy?" They shouted back, "ANY enemy who will try to attack!"
With that in mind, Starr informs us that
"RAPA also demands that Russian forces must have withdrawn from Crimea within SEVEN days of the enactment of the Act."
...Within SEVEN DAYS. Do you know what that is?
It is a timed note, whose expiry means war. Possibly nuclear war, for which the entire planet should pay with its combined lives.
The gigantic question is, for what purpose does this ferocious antagonism serve? None. There is no American interest AT ALL in this lethal game. There are big business concerns in extracting the wealth of Ukraine and removing it to the west, and, of course, all the money that must be spent to prepare for global war -- and prosecute it. But there is nothing that the American people would consider of vital and strategic interest.
In fact, in all of history, there is no example of a more disinterested people being flung headlong into a war -- not even Britain's sudden, unexpected guarantee to Poland in 1939, which was promptly sacrificed first to Nazi savagery for five years and then Soviet domination for forty years without apology or recompense.
And, when one considers it: Provoking the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world to action is in no human beings' interest.