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By John Helmer, Moscow

Banging the table isn’t what a superpower does unless it’s super no more.  But for a superpower which doesn’t realise its own weakness, a banging war with Russia is no piece of cake.

Right now, just days from the Russian deadline announced last week for the US and NATO to deliver their written proposals for stopping short of war in Europe,  the media blitz,  propaganda and cyber warfare are obscuring the fundamental reality on the ground along the Ukraine front. Simply put, if the war will be what US State Department officials Antony Blinken and Victoria Nuland and Canadian officials Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau say they will fight for in the Donbass, then the Ukraine regime of Vladimir Zelensky will be defeated, and his Ukraine will cease to be a state. This is a recipe the cook won’t survive to taste.

The Americans and Canadians may think the leftover from this defeat will be tasty enough. That would be the Galician region, between Lvov in western Ukraine and Cracow in southern Poland, which the German Army ruled between 1941 and 1943, before running away from the Red Army.

They may also be calculating that the new US sanctions they are threatening against Russia will be so crippling that the outcome of the war will be preferable to the situation now – that outcome would be an independent Catholic, Ukrainian-speaking Galicia in its Nazi borders; the disappearance of Orthodox Christian, Russian-speaking Donbass into the Russian federation; Russia quarantined financially from the western world for the foreseeable future.

Is this the we-can’t-lose calculation of Blinken, Nuland and Freeland – the three Ukrainians* who have captured the warmaking policy of both states of North America?

The Global Research News Hour,  produced and presented from Winnipeg  by Michael Welch, presents the discussion taped last Wednesday, January 12. Click to read and click to listen, starting at Minute 28.

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Correcting a misnomer -- the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff mentioned during the broadcast is Army General Mark Milley.

[*] Antony Blinken’s family changed the family name from its Ukrainian origin.  At the start, the name signified the Jewish village of Blinki which has come under Russian, Soviet, and Ukrainian rule, and is now deserted. The village’s name, a diminutive, refers in Russian to the blin (блин) or pancake; for more detail, click to read this  and this.    Nudelman, the original family name in Ukraine of Victoria Nuland’s father and his family, identified their occupation as tailors. In English transliteration, nudel meant “needle” in Yiddish (נאָדל).  Noodle in Yiddish is לאָקשן – lokshen; it’s well-known in soup but not in the State Department. Here is Nuland’s father’s account of why he changed his name from Nudelman to Nuland.    Chrystia Freeland’s maternal family in Canada comes from Michael Chomiak, who was born in Stroniatyn on the outskirts of Lvov, Galicia, in 1905; he died in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1984. His wartime record as a propagandist and spy for the German Army and profiteer from the murder of the Lvov and Cracow Jews can be followed from the German, US Army, Polish police and Canadian files here.   

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