A Journal of the Plague Year 2023: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—don’t escalate the war

I think we can end the divisions within the United States. What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis. And that what has been going on with the United States over the period of that last three years, the divisions, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the divisions…We are a great country, an unselfish country and a compassionate country. And I intend to make that my basis for running.

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by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

In 2019 actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky ran as the peace candidate winning the Ukrainian presidency with 70% of the vote.

As Benjamin Abelow observes in his brilliant book, “How the West Brought War to Ukraine,” Zelensky almost certainly could have avoided the 2022 war with Russia simply by uttering five words — “I will not join NATO.”

But pressured by NeoCons in the Biden White House, and by violent fascist elements within the Ukrainian government, Zelensky integrated his army with NATO’s and allowed the U.S. to place nuclear-capable Aegis missile launchers along Ukraine’s 1,200-mile border with Russia.

…The Aegis system advertises its tubes as compatible with Tomahawk missles which carry hydrogen bomb warheads with explosive power 10x the size of the Hiroshima bomb.[1]

These were provocations that senior U.S. diplomats like post-WWII foreign policy architect George Kennan, former U.S. Defense Secretary Bill Perry, and former U.S. ambassador to Moscow Jack Matlock had long described as “red lines” for Russian leadership.

Let’s face it, the Neocons wanted this war with Russia, just as they wanted war with Iraq. Listen here to NATO Supreme Commander General Wesley Clark describe how White House Neocons justified the Iraq invasion.[1a]

Zelensky almost certainly could have avoided the 2022 war with Russia simply by uttering five words — “I will not join NATO.”

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…Russia announced today that the Kremlin has been attacked by armed drones, presumably from Ukraine. Imagine how we would respond if Russian-backed forces launched a drone strike on the Capitol. We must stop these deranged attempts to escalate the war.[2]

…After successfully defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John Kennedy warned against ever again forcing Russia to choose between national humiliation and nuclear war. We should heed his advice.[3]

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…It’s not outlandish to imagine that even here in America, your bank account could one day be frozen because of your politics, or comments you’ve made on social media.

After all, in 2010, Paypal, Visa, and Mastercard suspended WikiLeaks, at the behest of the U.S. State Department. GoFundMe blocked U.S. accounts from sending funds to Canadian truckers and planned to donate the money to their own preferred charities instead, backing down only when faced with a lawsuit.

PayPal modified their acceptable use policy to fine users $2,500 for spreading what they deemed to be misinformation, a change they rescinded under pressure. Nonetheless, thousands of customers are currently suing PayPal for the arbitrary seizure of their accounts.

This corrupt merger of state and corporate power…is turning [America] into a corporate kleptocracy, and a system of cushy socialism for the rich and brutal merciless capitalism for the poor. It keeps us in a state of war. It bails out banks and at the same time…we are sending 113 billion [dollars] to the Ukraine…the way that we do this is by printing money…this causes inflation, it’s a tax on the poor. We need to get rid of corporate control of our government. Our democracy is defaulting into a kind of corporate plutocracy.

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These are the decisions of private companies, but often those private companies are acting out of fear of Congress or regulators, or directly at their bidding. Their decisions impinge directly on our rights.[4]

…The financial censorship of political enemies is something we’re used to seeing under authoritarian regimes.

No one was surprised when Russia froze more than 100 bank accounts tied to opposition leader Alexei Navalny. But Canada did it too, locking more than 200 accounts of people protesting vaccine mandates.[5]

…Is it possible to be pro-immigration AND pro closing the border? Yes.

America should be a haven of freedom and prosperity, open to law-abiding migrants who will contribute to our society. However, immigration must proceed in an orderly, lawful manner. Right now we have chaos at the border. Human trafficking, criminality, intolerable stress on border states like Texas.

It is a humanitarian nightmare.[6]

But the question is why are we in the Ukraine because…the Secretary of Defense [says] that we’re there to exhaust the Russians…Biden has said that we’re there to depose Vladimir Putin and if that’s why we’re there then we’re killing a lot of Ukrainians as pawns in a proxy war between two great powers…What we’re being told about this war is just not true.

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End notes:

[1] See: Twitter 1

[1a] See: Twitter 1a

[2] See: Twitter 2

[3] See: Twitter 3

[4] See: Twitter 4

[5] See: Twitter 5

[6] See: Twitter 6

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is an American environmental lawyer and 2024 Democratic Party presidential candidate.

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