[A-List] Fw: Gaining Control of Russian Oil

Jim Yarker sjy_estrien at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 26 13:29:19 MDT 2004


> Baloney. The western press has been highly sympathetic to the Russian
> government and generally put the Beslan attack on the same level as 9/11.

LOL.  The OSCE, which Russia's leadership may be paying more attention to
than to a few maudlin American editorialists, was quick to put out a report
rapping Russian authorities for their handling of the crisis.  They never
said boo about the U.S. authorities' handling of 9-11, despite the U.S.
being an OCSE member state and despite the Administration's obvious efforts
to block survivors' calls to have an independent citizen inquiry, their
abysmal co-operation with the commission, and lots of other scandalous shit,
not least Homeland Security, the firings from the FBI, etc.

> Is that what the radical movement is concerned about? Getting Russia to
> counter-balance the USA? Of course, Laughland is as big as Tory prick as
> the spiked-online crew, so we can see a pattern developing here.

Maybe what the radical movement should be concerned about is an imperialist
hyperpower ringing the FSU space with Nato bases and client régimes, trying
to overthrow the government of Belarus for its refusal to open up its still
very dominant social sector and break its relation with Russia, and subject
the FSU, and Russia particularly, the mother of all "transition states" to
the same formulas of neoliberal and military/strategic integration seen in
basically all the other transition states.  Unless we want to believe that
imperialism's goals stop at the Russian frontier.   Actually the tory prick
has been arguing that the Putin government has been highly acquiescent in
this strategy and scenario, in which the attack on and dismemberment of
Yugoslavia was an early chapter, accomplished with some support from Znet,
The Nation and others who are (thankfully!) still on the left.   And
speaking of patterns, they're still at it, giving space to civil society
outfits struggling against Belarusian stalinism, just like they gooed over
Otpor, and showing that unerring sense of proportion which made the
denunciation of Cuba's death penalty another big cause célèbre of theirs.  .

The Asia Times, who are liberal Sorosian pricks, wrote that:

"think for a moment what might have happened if the Yukos owners had managed
to sell control of their company last July to Chevron-Texaco or Mobil, as
Khodorkovsky intended - Russia as an independent oil exporter would have
been on its way to a level of independence that is less than Aramco, the
Saudi oil company. It is unsurprising that the US media have failed to
report the Yukos affair in this light, let alone to have noticed that the
US, the world's largest oil consumer, has tried, but so far failed, to
compel Russia, the world's second or first-largest oil exporter, to ship and
market oil in the way Washington, or Houston, wants."

Imagine Sorosians detecting neocolonialism.

> You'll notice that the rights of the Chechnyans is dissolved with a
> wand. Lenin broke with Stalin because he was bullying the peoples of the
> Caucuses. Now, we have sections of the left, particularly those whose
> understanding of Marxism is putting a minus where liberals put a plus,
> cheering on the same sort of colonial bullying.

I didn't catch the part where he dissolved the rights of the people of
Chechnya, though I caught the part where he was trying to explain why the
NED and Carnegie and élite U.S.foreign policy types have adopted the
Chechnyan independence cause.  Actually some writers, including those who
know enough about the *Caucasus* region to spell its name correctly (which
may help on Lexis Nexis searches), have suggested that some Chechen leaders
in the early 90's weren't all that heedful of the rights of Chechnyans,
including their opposition and the something like over 40% of the population
that wasn't Chechen in Chechnya-Ingushetia at the time of the Soviet
collapse, and whose chances to vote in a referendum in Chechnya '93 were
kaiboshed by Dudayev, at a time when Russian troops had already left.

And come to think of it he's not being any more disdainful of the Chechnya
independence movement than you were in '99 when you balked at Kagarlitsky's
suggestion that there was anything "liberating" about it, suggesting instead
that they were under the thumb of the Taliban and the ISI and CIA-trained,
and then referring your list readers to a Montréal Gazette article which
appears to draw principally upon the expertise of Yossef Bodansky, right
wing zionist prick and "war on terrorism" guru.  But this is obviously a
much more principled use of right-wing pricks, bearing all the hallmarks of
marxist science.

> You always have to watch out for the passive voice in journalism.
> "Russia is now instead branded a dictatorship". Who has branded it in
> this fashion? Somebody on Znet? The Nation Magazine website?

What a dandy theory, which could have been lifted straight from a Jared
Israel tutorial on "textual analysis."  Only problem is that examples of
articles decrying Russian authoritarianism are provided in a footnote, as
well as a hyperlink to the American Cttee for Peace in Chechnya, where we
find "many more."  Sometimes it helps to read the footnotes.  Even just a
google by a cyberpeasant like me on putin dictatorship russia beslan turns
up 2700 entries, of which zads are about just what Laughland talks about.













----- Message d'origine -----
De : "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
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Envoyé : Tuesday, October 26, 2004 9:41 AM
Objet : Re: [A-List] Fw: Gaining Control of Russian Oil


> >>Sanders Research Associates (Britain)
> >>October 11, 2004
> >>
> >>GAINING CONTROL OF RUSSIAN OIL
> >>
> >>by John Laughland
> >>
> >>The fax-back service for pre-written newspaper
> >>articles must have been working overtime these last
> >>few weeks at Langley, Virginia. A flood of articles
> >>has appeared in the press attacking the Russian
> >>president, Vladimir Putin, especially in the wake of
> >>the Beslan massacre.
>
> Baloney. The western press has been highly sympathetic to the Russian
> government and generally put the Beslan attack on the same level as 9/11.
>
> >>As recently as 2001, indeed,
> >>President Bush said that Vladimir Putin was a man he
> >>could trust - as if world leaders required or enjoyed
> >>such benediction from the world emperor. But those
> >>events are in the past, and Russia is now instead
> >>branded a dictatorship.
>
> You always have to watch out for the passive voice in journalism.
> "Russia is now instead branded a dictatorship". Who has branded it in
> this fashion? Somebody on Znet? The Nation Magazine website? Actually,
> there is no evidence that Washington is treating the Kremlin as an
> outlaw. It is far more indicative of current relationships that Conoco
> has made a huge investment in Lukoil for the purpose of exploiting Iraqi
> oil fields at the expense of the Iraqi people.
>
> >>Colin Powell gave an interview
> >>to Reuters on 14th September in which he berated Putin
> >>for rolling back democracy and instructed him to seek
> >>a political solution to the Chechen question, in whose
> >>cause schoolchildren had been shot in the back while
> >>trying to escape their captors.
>
> Big fucking deal. The USA used to urge South Africa to abandon apartheid
> all through the 1960s.
>
> >>"The West has a clear choice. It can continue to
> >>support the KGB dictatorship of Mr. Putin, *which
> >>sooner or later will turn against the West and side
> >>with its enemies through its strategic goal of
> >>undermining the "unipolar" world order and keeping oil
> >>prices high.* Or it can change course and insist on
> >>resolving the Chechen conflict through negotiated
> >>settlement." (my italics).
>
> I guess this will make the Russians stand up and take notice, that a
> Chechen urges a negotiated settlement.
>
> >>In other words, the "negotiated settlement" in
> >>Chechnya, which the US Secretary of Defence, Colin
> >>Powell, has instructed the Russian government to seek,
> >>is the way to prevent Russia from ever
> >>counter-balancing the United States in world affairs,
> >>and to get the oil price down.
>
> Is that what the radical movement is concerned about? Getting Russia to
> counter-balance the USA? Of course, Laughland is as big as Tory prick as
> the spiked-online crew, so we can see a pattern developing here...
>
> >>both these areas. Pushing Russia comprehensively out
> >>of the Caucasus, and humiliating her, requires victory
> >>for the Chechens. An independent Chechnya may also be
> >>the prelude to the longer-term break-up of Russia
> >>herself: the CIA predicted that oil-rich Siberia might
> >>escape Moscow's control in its report, Global Trends
> >>2015, published in April.
>
> You'll notice that the rights of the Chechnyans is dissolved with a
> wand. Lenin broke with Stalin because he was bullying the peoples of the
> Caucuses. Now, we have sections of the left, particularly those whose
> understanding of Marxism is putting a minus where liberals put a plus,
> cheering on the same sort of colonial bullying. But Putin, unlike
> Stalin, is not even giving the excuse that he is trying to safeguard the
> integrity of a socialist republic. Instead, his excuses are more like
> what the Indonesian generals, with the benediction of Henry Kissinger,
> offered when they smashed East Timor into smithereens.
>
> >>control of Russian oil. The West's failure in Iraq is
> >>as striking as its success in Eastern Europe. The
> >>former communist states of Europe have now been
> >>comprehensively colonised by the US and its European
> >>allies. The political penetration of them is now
>
> Mentioned nowhere in this idiotic article is the simple fact that the
> counterrevolutionary transformation of Eastern Europe was modelled on
> Yeltsin's Russia and that Putin was Yeltsin's handpicked successor.
> Furthermore, as soon as Putin was elected, he brought in a Chilean
> economist who had served under Pinochet to help them inaugurate the
> kinds of economic "reforms" that had made Chile "successful".
>
>
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>
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>
>
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