Concerns about World War 3 continue to grow along with the growing tensions between the West and Russia. This week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia is essentially isolating itself over its Ukraine policies, according to The Washington Post.
That same sentiment was echoed by former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich earlier this week in an open letter in which he wrote, “The resolution demands Russia to be isolated.” The resolution he refers to is House Resolution 758, which one expert says sailed through Congress at nearly record speed compared to other resolutions.
University of Ottawa professor Michel Chossudovsky, who is also founder and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, wrote a strong piece warning that World War 3 may indeed be imminent because of H. Res. 758. Debate was held in the House of Representatives on Thursday, and he claims mainstream media “had been instructed not to cover the Congressional decision.”
World War 3 resolution?
According to Chossudovsky, the bill was introduced on Nov. 18 and then “rushed off to the Foreign Affairs Committee and rushed back to the plenary of the House for debate and adoption.” About two weeks later, on Dec. 4, it was adopted almost unanimously.
The reason the professor expresses outrage about the resolution is because the resolution urges President Obama to “conduct a review of the force posture, readiness, and responsibilities of the United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each is sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self-defense under article 5 of the North Atlantic Treating and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies.
The professor states that article 5 is essentially about forcing countries that are members of NATO to “wage war on Washington’s behalf.” Additionally, he said there’s a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO, and if the country does become a member, he said the article could possibly be used to justify a “NATO sponsored war on Russia.”
Russia criticizes the West… again
Today Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again was critical of the West, reports Reuters. He said the West was continuing trying to blame Russia for the conflict in Ukraine and denied U.S. remarks that Russia is isolating itself over the conflict.
The West has been accusing Russia of arming separatists in Ukraine. Moscow has been pushing for Kiev to hold negotiations with the separatists in an attempt to end the conflict.