[ Editor’s note: This came in from a VT reader in Germany — a timely treat as our growing research and news monitoring crew develops. One of the things we have always wanted to be able to do is follow political reactions to major events, via access to foreign language media.
Interpreters who will spend the time to do this do not grow on trees, but we have a growing list of readers who see this as an important addition to VT’s depth of coverage where they can play a key role.
My most recent article for Press TV was featured as the only Viewpoint posted for the day and was focused on this exact topic, how the sanctions blowback has developed. If the people were smart, they would take full advantage of this momentum.
The first place to start there is to begin some indepth reviews of EU and NATO foreign policy, and whose interests were served in their recent push to the Russian border by taking over Ukraine. A lot of innocent people have already paid for this disaster, and frankly, I view the policy as a new type of crime scene, because it was the result of a criminal conspiracy.
It is most ironic to see Germany, famous for the Nuremberg Trials-codified prohibition on “waging an offensive war”, being a player and no small deal. But Merkel is no dummy, and she has certainly heard a lot from her business community in the last week. The interview below is her acknowledging that some changes need to be made.
There has never been a public debate on these aggressive policies, be they economic to start, but can quickly turn into military ones, as that has become a sad use of our military these days, the muscle to be used when the shake-down and threats do not work. This is a growing topic of concern to the American officer corps.
If we have more readers in non-English speaking countries who could help us monitor geopolitical media and trends there, please contact me. Click on the staff page links and then my name hotlink to get to my archive page that has my email in the upper right corner.
As I will not recognize your email address, please put something obvious in the title, like “Offer to help VT research” or “New monitoring.” Thanks in advance… Jim W. Dean ]
My Press TV article on the Sanctions blowback in the EU is below.