A Changing Geopolitical Landscape
During WW2 the United States and China were allies against Japan. They were later joined by the Soviets, when the German Nazis broke their alliance with the Russian Communists, and they invaded Russia in 1941, in order to get hold of the oil of Baku (Azerbaijan). But the Nazis were defeated at Stalingrad and they never reached Baku.
After jointly destroying the Nazis in WW2, the Soviets and the Americans became enemies once more, and the Soviets supported the Chinese Communists, while the Americans supported the Chinese nationalists in the Chinese Civil War. The Communists won the war, and the Chinese nationalists fled the Chinese mainland, and they established a small Chinese state in Taiwan. For a while the United States recognised Taiwan as China.
Map USA, Soviet Union and China
But the Soviets and the Chinese were also competing with each other in Asia after WW2, and the Chinese were very unhappy with the strong Soviet military presence in the oil rich countries of Central Asia, and also in Mongolia, which they perceived as a threat. Very often the Russians and the Chinese would support rival communist parties or groups in third world countries i.e. Angola, Mozambique, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. See Russia VS China, and the Sino-Soviet Split.
The Chinese and the Soviets jointly fought the Americans in Vietnam and the Korean Wars, but the Chinese and the Americans jointly fought the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Gradually, the Americans and the Chinese managed to improve their relations. The Soviet threat was what actually brought the two countries closer. From 1979 onwards, the American companies started investing in China, transforming Communist China from a poor agricultural economy to the factory of the world.
The benefit for the Americans was that they were dragging China away from the Soviets and closer to United States. Moreover the American consumers started enjoying very cheap goods, which were made in China, from very cheap Chinese workers. However for these Chinese workers even these low salaries represented a dramatic increase in their standards of living. Extreme poverty was reduced by almost 70% in the period 1981 to 2009. But many manufacturing jobs were transferred from Western Europe and United States to China. See “The Socialist Myth of Economic Bubbles”.
Image Extreme Poverty Rates
While the Americans were trying to drag China closer to them and away from the Soviets, the Russians were not wasting their time either. The KGB was preparing the demolition of the Soviet Union, in order to export the vast Russian oil and natural gas reserves to the big industrial economies of Western Europe i.e. Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain. These energy flows would generate billions of dollars in export revenue for Russia, while at the same time they would increase Russia’s influence in Western Europe. The Russians also expected the Europeans to invest and build their factories in Russia, in order to take advantage of the cheap Russian labour (build your factories in Russia instead of China).
Therefore the world was moving towards a new geopolitical landscape, with China moving away from the Soviet Union and closer to USA, while the European Union was moving away from the United States and closer to Russia. Ronald Reagan tried to prevent the energy connection of Europe and Russia, but the German industry was very hungry for the Russian oil and gas.
Map China moves closer to America while Europe moves closer to Russia
The KGB Breaks the Soviet Union
It is very naïve to assume that the Soviet Union fall because of its economic problems, or because of the poverty of its people. The Soviet Union was run by KGB, and it still is. The Soviet Union had tremendous powers to terrorize the Soviet population. Nobody would dare to openly criticize the Communist Party.
Look at what happens in North Korea, which is a Communist country of 25 million inhabitants, with a GDP of only 40 billion dollars. And yet nobody dares to complain, because the Communist Party will execute them if they dare to do so. The KGB had a lot more power than North Korea in terrorizing its population.
Picture Kim Jong Un, Dictator of North Korea and Grand Son of the founder of the North Korean Communist Party (Kim Il Sung)
Revolutions occur when a foreign country is using the domestic Communist Party to attack this country’s army. Before WW1 the German Empire, the Austrian Empire and the Ottoman Empire, supported the Russian Communist Party in order to defeat Russia in WW1. See “Zionists VS Bolsheviks : The Good and the Bad Jews of Churchill and Stalin”.
In the Soviet Union the Communist Party was already running the country, and therefore no foreign country could finance the Communist Party to attack the country. And China was a weaker country than the Soviet Union and could not support some Communist Party and defeat the Russian Army.
The Islamists of the Persian Gulf could cause some turmoil in the Muslim Colonies of the Soviet Union in the Caspian Sea and Central Asia i.e. Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan etc., because the Communists almost prohibited Islam.
The Pope could also cause some problems in Poland, a religious Catholic country, but Poland was not a member of the Soviet Union anyway.
Therefore it is ridiculous to believe that the KGB could not hold the Soviet Union together, if the Russians were not interested to export their oil and gas to Europe, increasing Russia’s influence over Europe, while generating billions in hard currency from these exports. The Russian friendly “assault” on Europe would follow the American friendly “assault” on China.
Remember that the KGB was controlling 100% of the Soviet economy. To mobilize a crowd you need to be able to provide it with information and propaganda, and of course some financial support, armaments etc. Look at what happens in USA today, where the Russians, the Chinese, the Mexicans, the Islamists etc, they all have their partners in USA, and they are attacking the American government with propaganda.
Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and Hezbollah are controlling the drug cartels of Latin America and they finance the American gangs of United States. Moreover the Arabs of the Gulf and the Chinese have great influence over the American Academia, Hollywood and journalism. All of them are able to launch assaults on the American governments, both through the media, but also in the streets.
But they can do it because they USA has an open economy and a free society, and these countries can easily buy American academics, journalists and actors, in order to promote their interests in United States. But in the Soviet Union the KGB was controlling 100% of the economy. To criticize the Communist Party one would need a permit from the party, or he would die.
Also remember that the Europeans were constantly worrying about their oil supplies from the Persian Gulf and North Africa, because a potential war would block their imports and freeze their energy hungry economies. Therefore they saw the Russian supplies as a lot more reliable, and also cheaper in terms of transport costs. And of course it was the Soviet Union that supported counties like Egypt, Syria and Iraq, countries that were fighting the NATO allies i.e. Saudi Arabia, Israel etc.
The Ruthless KGB Leader
Those who doubt that the KGB broke the Soviet Union, they should take into account that Michael Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union and the man who broke the Soviet Union, was handpicked by Yuri Andropov, the most ruthless KGB leader. Yuri Andropov was also the longest serving, the most educated and the most effective leader of KGB (1967-1982), and after KGB he became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1982, till his death in 1984.
Already from 1980 Yuri Andropov was promoting the “reformer” Michael Gorbachev, and he chose him as his successor when he became leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev had to wait a year after Andropov’s death before becoming leader of the Soviet Union.
For Andropov and Gorbachev see the following articles
Wikipedia “Yuri Andropov : Promotion of Gorbachev”
From 1980 to 1982, while still chairman of the KGB, Andropov opposed plans to occupy Poland after the emergence of the Solidarity movement and promoted reform-minded party cadres including Mikhail Gorbachev. Andropov was the longest-serving KGB chairman and did not resign as head of the KGB until May 1982, when he was again promoted to the Secretariat to succeed Mikhail Suslov as secretary responsible for ideological affairs.
“Ex-K.G.B. Chief Says Andropov Supported Purges”
During his 15 months as Soviet leader, in which he began an anti-corruption drive, he promoted Mr. Gorbachev’s career. Soviet insiders say he wanted Mr. Gorbachev, then agricultural secretary, to succeed him.
“Who is Mikhail Gorbachev? Former leader of the Soviet Union who helped end the Cold War and Nobel Prize winner”, Ιανουάριος 2017
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In 1980 he was promoted to the Soviet Union’s all-powerful executive committee, the Politburo.
He was a protege of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov and helped him begin much-needed reforms.
Andropov picked him as his successor when he died, but he had to wait until another ageing leader Constantin Chernenko also died before he could rise to the very top.
In 1985 he was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union – effectively the ruler of the USSR and the whole Soviet bloc.
Yuri Andropov was behind the hijackings of the Western airliners. Andropov was also behind the assassination attempt against Pope Jean Paul B. The assassin was a member of the Turkish nationalist organization Grey Wolves, and according to the CIA behind the attack was KGB and Yuri Andropov. The reason was that the Pope was an anticommunist, he was Polish, and he was financing the anti-Communist movement in Poland, when the Polish people were trying to overturn their puppet government which was imposed on them by the Soviets.
Yuri Andropov was also the man who personally oversaw the revival of anti-Semitism in the post-war Europe, after Israel won Egypt in the war of 1967. After the Holocaust anti-Semitism was very weak in Europe. Under Andropov’s leadership, the KGB translated and distributed thousands of copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to the Muslim world, in order to mobilize the Soviet allies against Israel, which was the most reliable American ally since the early 1960s. It was this man who spread anti-Semitism in Europe, in order to discredit the United States in the eyes of the European people, by presenting the United States as a part of a Jewish conspiracy. Today Russia and Israel are allies against Turkey and Qatar, and the centre of European anti-Semitism has moved to the Russian rivals i.e. France, Sweden, Poland etc.
For more details on Yuri Andropov and KGB see “Disinformation”
So it was this man, Yuri Andropov, who picked the reformer Michael Gorbachev as his successor. Wouldn’t it be naïve to believe that the KGB was not preparing the break up of the Soviet Union since 1980? By breaking the Soviet Union the Russians left the rich in oil Central Asia to China. Central Asia was a thorn in the Russo-Chinese relations during the 20th Century.
By breaking the Soviet Union the Russians also left Azerbaijan to Turkey and Iran, since Caucasus was a thorn in the Russo-Turkish and Russo-Iranian relations during the previous centuries. Note that the Russians had discovered the rich oil and gas reserves of Western Siberia, and they were no longer dependent on Baku, as it was the case during the World Wars of the 20th Centuries.
The Russians also relaxed their grip on Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and allowed them to operate like cushions between Russia and Western Europe. And obviously the Russians were not happy at all when these countries were absorbed by NATO in 1999 (Poland, Hungary, Check Republic), and in 2004 (Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia).
According to the Russians the Americans had promised them that NATO would not absorb these countries. The Americans do not accept the Russian claims. The Russians were even more dissatisfied when they saw that NATO was using Georgia and Ukraine, two Soviet members, to hurt vital Russian interests. And the same was true for Syria.
If we want to be fair we must say that Russia is a mafia state run by KGB, but we must also admit that the West was very disrespectful towards Russia after the demise of the Soviet Union. When you know that the KGB broke the Soviet Union to export the Russian oil and gas, and you threaten these exports by using ex Russian allies or satelites i.e. Syria, Ukraine, Georgia, then you are looking for trouble.
Map Qatar-Turkey and White Stream Pipeline
Reversing the Tide
Today we see once more the reversing of the above geopolitical landscape. Now the United States is afraid of China, and the Europeans are afraid of Russia. By promoting the natural gas of the Muslim Brotherhood (Qatar-Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakstan) to Europe, as the French, the Polish, the Swedish and others wanted, the Americans were pushing Russia towards China’s arms. And if the United States had to fight Russia and China, it would make sense for Germany to join this alliance, and that’s how that would look for the United States. It is a bit ugly. Of course the United States would have France, UK, India, Japan. But it still looks ugly in the Pacific Ocean.
Map (Germany-Russia-China) VS USA
Now Trump is proposing to Russia to take Syria, to China to take Iran, and to both of them to leave Iraq for the United States.
That’s good for the Russians, because Syria and Israel will block the natural gas of Middle East from exiting to the Mediterranean Sea. And Russia would not be very happy to have a Chinese Empire at its south. China already has Pakistan and Iran, and Iran has Syria, and if Iran takes Iraq, as China would wish it did, China would exit to the Mediterranean Sea through satellites.
Map The New Chinese Empire
And obviously the French, the British, the Poles, the Swedish etc, are not feeling very comfortable with the United States having friendly relations with Russia, because it is Russia and not China they are afraid of.
The French elections of April and May 2017 will be very important, because we have to see how France will respond to this new geopolitical landscape, and whether France will decide to break the European Union and go for one to one relations with USA, Russia and China.
France can stop bothering Russia in Syria, focusing on the uranium, oil and natural gas of North Africa (Niger, Chad, Algeria), without threatening of course the Russian exports to Europe. And at the same time France can demand from China and Iran to stop bothering her in North Africa, where they are fighting France for the uranium of Niger and Chad. In return France could import Iranian oil and not support the Americans against China.
“The Obama and the Trump Doctrines”
“Russia VS China”
“USA, Russia and China in the Middle East”
“Disinformation”, Ion Pacepa
Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism Hardcover – June 25, 2013
“Pope John Paul II : Assassination Attempts and Plots”
As he entered St. Peter’s Square to address an audience on 13 May 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca, an expert Turkish gunman who was a member of the militant fascist group Grey Wolves. The assassin used a Browning 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, shooting the pope in the abdomen and perforating his colon and small intestine multiple times. John Paul II was rushed into the Vatican complex and then to the Gemelli Hospital. On the way to the hospital, he lost consciousness. Even though the two bullets missed his mesenteric artery and abdominal aorta, he lost nearly three-quarters of his blood. He underwent five hours of surgery to treat his wounds. Surgeons performed a colostomy, temporarily rerouting the upper part of the large intestine to let the damaged lower part heal. When he briefly regained consciousness before being operated on, he instructed the doctors not to remove his Brown Scapular during the operation. One of the few people allowed in to see him at the Gemelli Clinic was one of his closest friends philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, who arrived on Saturday 16 May and kept him company while he recovered from emergency surgery. The pope later stated that Our Lady of Fátima helped keep him alive throughout his ordeal.
Could I forget that the event in St. Peter’s Square took place on the day and at the hour when the first appearance of the Mother of Christ to the poor little peasants has been remembered for over sixty years at Fátima, Portugal? For in everything that happened to me on that very day, I felt that extraordinary motherly protection and care, which turned out to be stronger than the deadly bullet.
Ağca was caught and restrained by a nun and other bystanders until police arrived. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. Two days after Christmas in 1983, John Paul II visited Ağca in prison. John Paul II and Ağca spoke privately for about twenty minutes. John Paul II said, “What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.″
On 2 March 2006 the Italian parliament’s Mitrokhin Commission, set up by Silvio Berlusconi and headed by Forza Italia senator Paolo Guzzanti, concluded that the Soviet Union was behind the attempt on John Paul II’s life, in retaliation for the pope’s support of Solidarity, the Catholic, pro-democratic Polish workers’ movement, a theory that had already been supported by Michael Ledeen and the United States Central Intelligence Agencyat the time. The Italian report stated that Communist Bulgarian security departments were utilised to prevent the Soviet Union’s role from being uncovered. The report stated that Soviet military intelligence (Glavnoje Razvedyvatel’noje Upravlenije), not the KGB, were responsible. Russian Foreign Intelligence Service spokesman Boris Labusov called the accusation “absurd”. The pope declared during a May 2002 visit to Bulgaria that the country’s Soviet-bloc-era leadership had nothing to do with the assassination attempt. However, his secretary, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, alleged in his book A Life with Karol, that the pope was convinced privately that the former Soviet Union was behind the attack. It was later discovered that many of John Paul II’s aides had foreign-government attachments; Bulgaria and Russia disputed the Italian commission’s conclusions, pointing out that the pope had publicly denied the Bulgarian connection.
“Pope John Paul II assassination attempt”
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KGB Director Yuri Andropov was convinced that Pope John Paul II’s election was the product of an Anglo-German conspiracy orchestrated by Zbigniew Brzezinski to undermine Soviet hegemony in largely Catholic Poland and ultimately to precipitate the collapse of the entire Soviet Union. The Pope’s announcement of a pilgrimage to Warsaw fueled Andropov’s apprehension, with Andropov issuing a secret memorandum to Soviet schoolteachers:
The Pope is our enemy…. Due to his uncommon skills and great sense of humor he is dangerous, because he charms everyone, especially journalists. Besides, he goes for cheap gestures in his relations with the crowd, for instance, [he] puts on a highlander’s hat, shakes all hands, kisses children, etc…. It is modeled on American presidential campaigns…. Because of the activities of the Church inPoland our activities designed to atheize the youth not only cannot diminish but must intensely develop…. In this respect all means are allowed and we cannot afford sentiments.
Ali Ağca had made several trips to Sofia, Bulgaria. He also claimed to have had contacts with a Bulgarian agent in Rome whose cover was the Bulgarian national airline office. Soon after the shooting, Sergei Antonov, a Bulgarian working in Rome for Balkan Air, was arrested based on Ağca’s testimony and accused of being the Bulgarian agent who masterminded the plot. In 1986, after a three-year trial, he was found not guilty. According to the CIA’s chief of staff in Turkey, Paul Henze, Ağca later stated that in Sofia, he was once approached by the Bulgarian Secret Service and Turkish mafiosi, who offered him three million German marks to assassinate the Pope.
American journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave claimed that the Bulgarians chose Ağca to supply themselves with plausible deniability; choosing a member of the Grey Wolves that had allegedly been involved with the local KGB in drug smuggling routes through Bulgaria to Western Europe would distance themselves because of the implausibility of the link.
Some people, notably Edward S. Herman, co-author with Frank Brodhead of The Rise and Fall of the Bulgarian Connection (1986), and Michael Parenti, felt Ağca’s story was dubious, noting that Ağca made no claims of Bulgarian involvement until he had been isolated in solitary confinement and visited by Italian Military Intelligence (SISMI) agents. On 25 September 1991, former CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman (now Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy) revealed that his colleagues, following hierarchical orders, had falsified their analysis to support the accusation. He declared to the US Senate intelligence committee that “the CIA hadn’t any proof” concerning this alleged “Bulgarian connection”. Neither the Severino Santiapichi court nor the investigation by judge Franco Ionta found evidence that SISMI planted Ağca’s story. A French lawyer, Christian Roulette, who authored books blaming Western intelligence agencies for the assassination attempt, testified in court that the documentary evidence he referred to actually did not exist.