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Created by John Eipper on 05/14/14 4:28 AM

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Send Arms to Ukraine: Brzezinski (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 05/14/14 4:28 am)

I bet WAISers will be surprised from which side of the political spectrum the unwitting supporters of the Military-Industrial Complex are coming--the Democrats.

See the latest from Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, 1977 to 1981.

Brzezinski Calls for Sending Weapons to Regime in Ukraine
May 2, 2014

http://www.infowars.com/brzezinski-calls-for-sending-weapons-to-regime-in-ukraine/

Indirectly calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a "thug," Brzezinski says "we have an obligation to help Ukraine." He characterizes the crisis as "the most important challenge to the international system since the end of the Cold War" and tells Obama he desperately needs to issue "a comprehensive statement of what is really at stake" and address "the American people on this issue... He needs the support of the American people. Thus he has to convince them that this is important and that his stand deserves both national understanding and support."

JE comments: It would be fun to put Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, and George P. Shultz in the same room. Combined, they're 269. That's a lot of diplomatic experience.

Brzezinski is not only the hardest to spell of the three, but also the youngest (86). It must be comforting to get your Cold War gear out of mothballs, but weapons to Ukraine? Would it ever be possible to send enough arms for Ukraine to stand up to Russia? Also, there's the question of compatibility. Aren't all the existing Ukrainian weapons systems Russian?

But perhaps Infowars is overstating its case.  The article concludes that the "Global Elite" (?) is seeking to foment a civil war on Russia's western border.  If this is true, then shame on the Global Elite.


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  • Send US Army to Ukraine? (Boris Volodarsky, Austria 05/14/14 7:05 AM)

    May I remind WAISers and Bienvenido Macario in particular (14 May) about paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, 1994?


    1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine;


    2. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;


    3. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.


    Based on this document, the United States and Great Britain must now be at war with Russia. And the very experienced Mr Brzezinski knows better than anybody else that it is better that this war remains cold. That is why he makes his statements and not because he wants American boys to die in Slavyansk.


    JE comments:  By now, the Budapest Memorandum has been filed in the Worthless Scrap of Paper drawer behind Munich (1938) and Molotov-Ribbentrop (1939).  I certainly hope Mr Brzezinski (a legendary Russophobe) is not calling for war, but sending arms is a dangerous prelude.

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    • History's "Worthless Scraps of Paper"; Crowe Memorandum (Robert Whealey, USA 05/15/14 5:51 AM)
      I agree with JE's interpretation of the Budapest Memo. (See Boris Volodarsky, 14 May.)

      This memo is also like the Anglo-French entente of 1904 and the Axis Protocol of 29 October 1936. An entente, protocol, or memo is a flexible diplomatic declaration of good intentions. Some memos die in a few months.  Others evolve into an agreement that becomes over a long time, an alliance that leads to war.


      Does anybody remember the Crowe Memo of the British Foreign Office, suggested about 1907-1908--a trial balloon that did not fly?


      JE comments:  Here's Wikipedia on Eyre Crowe and his Memorandum.  In short, Crowe in 1907 wrote that the German Empire was seeking world hegemony, and opposed any sort of cooperation or appeasement:


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyre_Crowe


      Considering the events of the following ten years, how can we say that this "Crowe" didn't fly?
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      • Ukraine and "Worthless Scraps of Paper"; on Burisma Holdings (Boris Volodarsky, Austria 05/18/14 6:28 PM)

        I was genuinely surprised to learn that some well-educated American citizens consider international agreements that their leaders sign to be "Worthless Scraps of Paper" (WSP). Shall we go further and say, based on our historical experience, that the American Constitution or the Charter of the United Nations are nothing else but WSPs, along with all other documents signed by the living and dead heads of state? If a country's president is shagging his secretary in the Oval Office and his wife then runs for the presidency with his former mistress gaining a worldwide celebrity status together with a master of psychology degree from my Alma Mater (she is now busy writing essays for Vanity Fair), then this may very well be true. Below is another story of how important international documents may become worthless scraps of paper:


        While President Clinton is greeting the biggest European LGBT event in Vienna, Austria, the Burisma scandal is enveloping in Kiev. Burisma Holdings is one of privately owned companies registered in Cyprus that controls several Ukrainian producers who pump gas accounting for more than 10 percent of Ukrainian's domestic production. The sole shareholder of Burisma Holdings is another offshore company registered in Cyprus and named Brociti Investments, whose only beneficiary is Mykola Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky was appointed minister of natural resources in the Kuchma government and became environment minister under Yanukovych. He was removed from the Cabinet in April 2012 and got the less lucrative but more responsible job of deputy secretary of Ukraine's National Security Council, a role he held until the Yanukovych government collapsed in February 2014. For the career Soviet Army officer and a Rolls-Royce Phantom fan (Mr Zlochevsky also has a few Bentleys and BMWs in his garage), the appointment to the Security Council is a clear sign that he is a Moscow man. There can be little doubt about it because Mykola's liaison to the Kremlin is Victor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch (and a KGB agent alias "Sokolovsky"). Both of these high-net-worth individuals are members of what was once known as the Magnificent Seven in Ukraine.



        Companies controlled by Burisma/Brociti produced about 450 million cubic meters of gas in 2013, making this holding the largest independent gas producer in Ukraine by volume in the first quarter of this year, according to a company spokesman. Burisma sells its gas domestically. What attracted media attention to this otherwise unremarkable business venture is its totally bogus Board of Directors. It is "chaired" by one Alan Apter, who used to work for the Russian investment firms Renaissance Capital and Troika Dialog. Mr Apter is also a board member and former CEO of Wood & Company, a Czech investment bank focusing on emerging equity markets. While many skeletons can usually be found in such firms' cupboards, suffice it to say that Renaissance Capital used to employ high-ranking KGB officers and agents who were directly implicated in the Magnitsky scandal. As soon as it was sold to a business group controlled by a pro-Kremlin Russian oligarch, its key executives were transferred to Troika.



        Other board members of Burisma and its directors are Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president of Poland (1995-2005), Hunter Biden, the younger son of Joe Biden, and Devon Archer, a close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry's stepson. In addition to being the ketchup heir's college roommate and business associate, Mr Archer was an adviser to Mr Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004. He is also the Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Rosemont Capital and the Executive Director of Rosemont Reality. Along with these appointments, he also serves on the Board of Viet Thai Joint Stock Company, Cataphora Inc., and the Howard J. Heinz Trust. Both Mr Biden and Mr Archer work for Rosemont Seneca Partners, affiliated with Rosemont Capital.



        Finally, two other Burisma directors, all of them nominees of course, are Angelica Pasenidou, a Russian accountant from the city of Lermontov married to a Greek Cypriot, and one Riginos Charalambous.



        All of those fake Western directors of the Cyprus offshore firm, 100% of whose shares belong to Mykola, should have signed three very real and valuable pieces of paper. Of them, the most important, is a promise of a director only to do what the real owner tells him or her. Two others are the "general power of attorney" that every director secretly hands over to the real owner and a signed, but undated, director's resignation letter.


        It has additionally become known that the London-based PR firm Bell
        Pottinger was granted Burisma's media relations contract. This is
        another sign that the whole setup has been masterminded in Moscow. I
        shall remind that BP's other prominent clients included Margaret
        Thatcher, the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the late Boris
        Berezovsky, then with his help--Alexander Lukashenko, president of
        Belarus, and with Moscow's help, the wife of the Syrian President Assad.
        A very interesting bunch. To hire the former agency of Premier Thatcher
        and Berezovsky to manage "media relations" of a shell Cyprus offshore
        company is an elegant move, one must admit.



        Now, with the son of the US Vice President and a family friend of the Secretary of State firmly installed in Mykola's Board of Directors, all international agreements signed by the present administration regarding Ukraine automatically become WSPs. And if we do not want that our own discussions turn into Worthless Scraps of [Digital] Paper in our world's oldest e-journal, we should probably think of how to make our voices heard by the decision makers at least in Washington, London and Moscow.


        JE comments: These are some intricate webs, difficult to follow. But if I understand Boris Volodarsky clearly, the Budapest Memorandum is not being enforced because some influential folks in Moscow and Washington have a great deal to lose.


        Boris Volodarsky is correct that this post deserves a wide audience.  I'm certain that before too much longer, Burisma Holdings will become a household name.

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    • Send US Army to Ukraine? (Bienvenido Macario, USA 05/16/14 5:55 AM)
      Boris Volodarsky (14 May) brought up the two key provisions of the 1994 Budapest Memo:

      1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine;


      2. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations; [Their--whose weapons? It must be Ukraine's since the agreement will still leave Russia well-armed--BM.]


      In reply, I am convinced that the Budapest Memo on Security Assurances was a ruse to divest Ukraine of all nuclear warheads in its possession and control. It is not even a treaty and therefore does not need to be ratified by the US Senate. I doubt the Senate would have ratified such one-sided agreement.



      This is quite different from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or any other US Mutual Defense Treaty. Even then could the US President automatically not respond and assist an ally in the Treaty without Congressional approval? I doubt it.


      Under the Budapest Memo, there is no obligation on the part of the US or the UK to come to Ukraine's aid militarily if Russia decides not to "respect the independence, sovereignty and existing borders," as Russia is now doing.


      Russia is not using any of their (Ukraine's) weapons against Ukraine in compliance with no. 2 provision.


      I am convinced that Zbigniew Brzezinski wants to supply Ukraine with weapons, but no US soldiers will be sent to fight for and defend Ukraine. The US has no such obligation.


      JE comments: I interpret the "their" as weapons from US, UK, or Russia. Of course, the wording really refers to Russia. The big question about the Budapest Memo: is there any "or else" stated or implied? I don't think so...which brings us back to the Worthless Scrap of Paper file.



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