Possible evolution of the conflict to total destruction of Kherson and annihilation of the Kiev regime
Allow me to draw the attention of readers to the ongoing Ukrainian artillery attack on the border city of Shebekino in the RF oblast of Belgorod. This is not the sporadic shelling that the city of Donetsk has undergone over the course of years from fortified positions of the Ukrainian army that were put in place since 2014. No, it is an assault measured in hundreds of artillery shells during the past 24 hours as well as attempted armed incursions of Ukrainian fighters across the border. Several hundred residences and apartment buildings in Shebekino have been damaged or destroyed in the past several days.
Children have now been evacuated to further points in the oblast and in neighboring Voronezh oblast if not further still, where they are being put up in summer camp facilities. Adults are now being moved out as well from the entire border region of which the town of Shebekino, with its population of 39,000 is a part. Those who can are leaving in their own vehicles. Others are being moved by emergency workers.
At the end of WWII, the US emerged in a position to dominate the world. This was described at the time as the beginning of the "America Century." In the face of China’s peaceful rise and now the rise of the Global South, US domination of the globe is fading. In response the US is driving the world to a repeat of WWII – despite the risk of nuclear Armageddon. The goal is to leave all other major powers devastated, with the US once again emerging relatively unscathed and standing alone as global hegemon, the same as the outcome of WWII.
Hence, Walsh denoted the present period as "WWII Redux" in a prescient article for Asia Times written just days before the US proxy war against Russia in Ukraine intensified in February, 2022. Here he discusses that article and also events, some expected and some unexpected, since his article appeared.
John V. Walsh is a retired Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He has written on issues of peace and health care for the San Francisco Chronicle, East BayTimes, San Jose Mercury News, Asia Times, LA Progressive, Antiwar.com, CounterPunch and others. He is a member of the VFP China Working Group.
Dan Kovalik and Rick Sterling, two antiwar and social justice activists have just returned from a fact-finding trip to Russia, including Crimea. They wanted to speak to Russians and, as people from the U.S., let the Russians know that they opposed the sanctions on Russia and the Western imposed isolation of their country. As the proxy war in Ukraine is putting nuclear powers in conflict to an extent we have not seen in decades, such trips should be the norm for antiwar activists in the US and Russia. But few Russians can get into the US and Western countries make it very difficult for people to travel to Russia.
Join us for this important webinar and hear what the people of Russia are thinking about the Ukraine War, the sanctions and their relation with the U.S. Sponsored by The United National Antiwar Coalition.
Dan and Rick wrote three articles for Antiwar.com about their trip:
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