Oroville Mercury-Register

Risky strategy puts the world at risk

- — George Wright, Chico

My last letter said that it is going to be interestin­g to watch what the United States does in response to possible defeat to Russia in Ukraine. The outlines of what that response became clearer over the weekend of February 18-19 because of two developmen­ts: Vice-President Kamala Harris’ speech at the Munich Security Conference and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s warning/threat that China should not provide “lethal” military aid to Russia.

The war over Ukraine has always been about the United States’ objective of preventing “Eurasian Integratio­n,” which would tie China, South Asia, Russia and Europe into one energytrad­ing-investment bloc, linked by China’s infrastruc­tural Belt Road Initiative. If that project were to succeed the United States would no longer be the world’s hegemon.

Thus, interpreti­ng Harris’ and Blinken’s statements, it seems the next phase of United States’ strategy is to: 1.) further coerce Europe to continue its political capitulati­on to the United States’ project—as growing opposition among the populace there appears; 2.) deepen its involvemen­t in the war over Ukraine, probably bringing in NATO technical personnel; and, 3.) intensify provoking China to militarily respond over Taiwan leading to a “proxy war” with Beijing—the same template used to provoke Russia to intervene into Ukraine.

The United States’ strategy is insanely risky, with the obvious possibilit­y of a world war breaking out, leading to nuclear annihilati­on. But historical­ly, declining empires have always been willing to commit political suicide, rather than cooperate and negotiate with emerging rivals.

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