Yakov Kedmi: Sanctions Always Precede Actual War! No Getting Away From it Now!
Yakov Kedmi: To put the problem of Iran and the United States into the right proportions. The primary events are not taking place in the Middle East. They're actively taking place in Switzerland. The negotiations between the United States and Iran on how to start what Trump was aiming at and what he started it all for — the negotiations on a new agreement. So everything going on, every horror story the media writes about is Trump's usual tactics, the same way he did with North Korea. To aggravate the situation in order to create more favorable conditions for negotiations. Trump's goal is negotiations. All the rest is a smokescreen and creating the proper atmosphere. The main purpose of special forces is not what's shown in Hollywood movies. Their main purpose is to collect intelligence. So the main purpose of the special forces near Russia is intelligence. Since special forces are of strategic importance. The main point is strategic, not tactical, that is not for field tasks. They carry out the work that is necessary in terms of collecting intelligence on what is happening on this side of the Russian border, to the east of the Russian border. This is their main purpose. How they do it is a professional point.
Let's get back to NATO. NATO is now engaged in the main purpose of the General Secretary — to save NATO. This is the main purpose. They were frightened by Trump's approach. Trump voiced an opinion which isn't only his that the United States doesn't need NATO. So they do their best to prove to the Americans they're useful to it. That's why they're so vocal about the Russian threat. That's why they're so eager to help the USA everywhere. Europe doesn't want a conflict with China. But NATO wants to prove that it's with the Americans and it wants to make it happen. Look at Xi Jinping's last trip around Europe. Flawless victory. He achieved everything he wanted in every European country. While NATO is shouting «No, we're against NATO!» According to the NATO constitution, if I may put it so, the United States was under threat. The United States announced it was attacked by al-Qaeda. Article 5 says if a NATO country is attacked, every NATO country can protect it. NATO defended the United States in Afghanistan because the United States was attacked. The fact that the aggressor was the very organization the US took part in the creation of, that's not important.
Now a bit clearer. Adolf Hitler started all his wars as hybrid wars. The system of hybrid war, which wasn't called this way then, that Nazi Germany waged against anything that it wanted to attack was excellent for that time. It was the Americans who studied it best of all. It was the Americans who inherited it. Goebbels would turn in his grave with envy if he knew how the Americans advocate the same principles that Nazi Germany was based on. It's of the same nature but at a higher level. That's why all propaganda is just a part of hybrid war. Adolf Hitler showed us that hybrid war if just a prelude and the first stage of real, total war, which he spoke about back then in Munich. Now, NATO is in a predicament.
NATO isn't a great threat in terms of warfare capabilities. Especially for Russia. The example of Ukraine proves that NATO is short-sighted. When they started the Ukrainian gamble, they couldn't have imagined how it would impact developments in the strategic environment in Europe. Crimea wasn't part of their theory. The same thing happened to Syria, the same thing happened to Libya. They couldn't have calculated what it may have lead to. Now, what he said about the nuclear program. It was said correctly, he wants the responsibility for the use of nuclear weapons to fall on NATO. Not on the Eastern European countries, but those where pilots were trained to use nuclear weapons. He achieved this. They will be responsible for the fact that they know how to use nuclear weapons. Since this moment, from Russia's point of view… Unlike Mr. Putin, I haven't seen any of the documents. Every country that has its pilots trained by the United States to use nuclear weapons, no matter who delivered those weapons, is considered by Russia as an object which possesses nuclear weapons with all due consequences. Thus, NATO exposed its own members to a great risk. Let me put it in a different manner. They thought that Russia could respond with a tactical strike, but it really means a strategical end to them.
— You may laugh at it but every war was preceded by sanctions. That's why in the view of the sanctions play I'd like to remind you even the War of 1812 started with this as well. There was the Continental Blockade, Russia not fulfilling its agreements with France. England took part in the Continental Blockade. That's why it's a questionable matter for jokes.
— That's why Germany understands that the sanctions are the main question. I was jesting a little bit but it is really a serious matter.
— But have a look at what's going on in the NATO report and the atmosphere in general. Never ever has it been said in this studio that a certain nation is bad or evil. It's forbidden to say this. It's not a part of our mindset. Even when we criticize Ukraine we have a divide — we say the people of Ukraine are brotherly to us, it's out of the question. But how Russia and Russians are dehumanized all over the world. And this is also part of preparing for war. It's like «They're Untermenschen! Why shouldn't we wage war on them?!» That's why this is very dangerous. The sanctions are imposed with disdain. These are components of preparations for war. We shouldn't take it easy. I think this is all very disturbing.
Dmitry Yevstafyev, political analyst: This is not a NATO problem. NATO is just a consequence. It's all about Europe. We're dealing with a catastrophic degradation of the European management class, including the Euro-bureaucracy. After Jean-Claude Juncker, anyone can become the President of the European Commission. You can hire anyone off the street for this post. After Macron, anyone can be the leader of France, even if they're not a Frenchman. Therefore, we are dealing with very serious degradation in Europe and its political elite. Look at who is engaged in the formation of the new European conservatism. It's Mr. Bannon, a gentleman came from the United States who's engaged in this. We understand that when the degradation in Europe is so deep in political, ideological, and social institutions, NATO is suddenly one of the most stable and capable elements via which, if the need arises or, as they say, at a particular time, Europe can be restructured and reformatted. And this scares me the most.
Yakov Kedmi: Sergey Borisovich, I'd like to reassure you — with the United States and Canada or without them NATO isn't capable of opposing Russia for more than several minutes. Today. Tomorrow it'll be even less. Well, about your proposal. It's a little bit too late. Those who wage hybrid wars against Russia would take your proposal into consideration and would organize against it. Any government public figure in the democratic West in defiance of all the laws of democracy who only gives a hint about trying to negotiate with Russia is declared a traitor, an enemy of the people, a Putin agent, a pro-Russian agent. It doesn't really matter who it is — just a political figure or the president of the United States who is accused of treason: «Why did he dare to talk with him?!» I mean just talking with the president of Russia. In such circumstances, an attempt to hold any kind of talks or any kind of contact with any political figure, even a sober-minded one, in the West, would end up getting them into trouble. They'll become a social outcast in their own country. Look at what's happening with everyone. So, they're ready. They've closed the option of holding dialogue with their countries. They've eliminated it completely. And they do it every day. So, all of the talking and suggestions you have, you can keep them to yourself or to the people of your kind here, part of which are the result of the hybrid war.
— Pretty tough.