There is much to admire in F.W.Engdahl’s analysis of the geopolitical situation and there can be no doubt that he is particularly adroit when it comes to exposing western hypocrisy. Therefore, it follows that his article “Putin’s Geopolitcal Chess Game with Washington in Syria and Eurasia” is recommended reading.
Indeed, even if we do not agree with his contention that what is at stake is no less than “the matter of survival of civilization as we know it and avoidance of a world war that would decimate the world population not by tens of millions as seventy years ago but likely this time by billions”, we should accept that Moscow and Beijing, through the continued use of their veto, are doing everything they can to prevent the chaos from spreading from Syria. After all, it is this chaos that Engdahl quite rightly points out, will ultimately threatens not only Russia and Iran but also China and, indeed, the other BRIC states Brazil, India and South Africa. This is the “Project for a New American Century.”
Of course, it has to be expected that Russia, Iran, China and the other states know this and that while recourse to diplomacy still has to be the preferred choice, Moscow in particular might just be prepared to take a more belligerent stand if deemed necessary, with Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, implying that should NATO continue with its attempts to topple Assad, the resultant situation would be akin to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Nevertheless, we might doubt that even this threat will deter the madmen from their goal and it could be that Assad’s survival will come from, what is a very unlikely source, Israel. Indeed, with an insurgency that is supplied and supported by the Saudis and the other Gulf states, there is a very real possibility of Muslim Brotherhood organisation becoming the dominant political force and, even if it means dealing a knock-out blow to Iran’s main ally in the region, that is not something that Tel Aviv can relish. However, when the madmen go to war anything is possible and on turning away from a sensible analysis of the situation and to the daily garbage spouted out by the mainstream media there is already evidence to suggest that the genie has already been let out of the bottle.