by Eric Zuesse
November 06, 2018
from Strategic-Culture Website
is the world's longest cross-sea bridge,
stretching nearly 26 miles - almost the length of a marathon.
Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt in order to pay for creating and maintaining infrastructure.
Both are, in fact, exceptionally
According to the "Global Debt Clock" at Economist,
The United States isn't going into public debt in order to finance building or maintenance of infrastructure, but instead to finance expansions of its military, which is already (and by far) the world's largest (in terms of its costs, but not of its numbers of troops).
While the U.S. Government now spends around half of the world's military expenditures and plans to conquer Russia, China, and all countries (such as Iran and Syria) that cooperate with those 'enemies', Russia and China plan to improve their infrastructures, in order to boost their national economies and to minimize the impacts that (the mainly U.S.-caused) global "warming" will have.
These infrastructure projects are optimistic and long-term expenditures, which are being planned and built only because the countries that the U.S. aristocracy are targeting to conquer, expect the U.S. aristocracy to fail to achieve its clear #1 goal, of controlling the entire world and conquering them - of America's rulers finally achieving the global fascist empire that, in World War II, Hitler and the other Axis powers had been hoping to become.
By contrast, U.S. infrastructure is rotting, and, while every recent U.S. President has promised to reverse that decline, none has done anything significant to repair this nation's rotting infrastructure - it has always been just talk and empty promises.
A nation that spends over a trillion dollars a year on 'national defense' can't have much left over to spend on things that 'can wait' - such as repairing its bridges, roads, etc. - and so those repairs do wait, while even more money, than before, becomes devoted to purchases of new weaponry, such as the F-35 program.
Meanwhile, Russia and China prepare for their future, and hope it won't be war.
The Russian road network covers a total length
of more than 1.28 million kilometers.
The network spanned 927,721km of paved roads
including 39,143km of expressways
and 355,666km of unpaved roads
at the end of 2012.
Image: Russky Bridge
China's Hong Kong Bridge
On November 1st, Russian Television bannered "Russia, India & Iran want to create alternative trade route to Suez Canal - report" and described "The 7,200-kilometers long corridor [that] will combine sea and rail routes":
A linked news-report there headlined "Top of the world - Russia to build world's northernmost railway in Arctic", and another headlined "Japan turns to Trans-Siberian Railway to test potential connection with Russia, China & S. Korea".
If the U.S. Government's plans to destroy Russia succeed, then any of these new or extended infrastructures will either be destroyed or else be taken over by the U.S. and its allies. (If taken over, then presumably Japan's aristocracy will be part of the new regime there that does so.)
Consequently, building and extending these new infrastructures is Russia's bet - and a concrete testimonial to the bet - that outright war by the destroyers can be avoided.
The nations that America and its allies want to conquer are looking to the future, not to conquest or any type of war (though they must also be prepared for war, if the U.S. does invade).
Right now, the U.S. and its NATO allies are holding the largest war-games in history, and these preparations to invade Russia are occurring all along and near Russia's borders, in the countries that formerly were the Soviet Union's Warsaw Pact military alliance.
Though the U.S. and its allies say that Russia and China are threatening to them, these massings of soldiers and of tanks and planes on Russia's borders are aggressions, not defensive at all as claimed.
How would we Americans feel if Russia were doing this along America's borders? Would we feel that Russia is defending itself, then?
Russians have sound reason to be terrified by the U.S. and its allies. Americans were terrified by the Soviets when the issue was Soviet missiles located in Cuba only a hundred miles from the U.S.
This country then threatened:
Russia isn't responding similarly, even though America's threat to them is much bigger than that threat to the U.S. was in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
All that today's U.S. Government wants is to conquer the world, which now especially means Russia, China, and countries that do business with those 'enemies'.
Iran is also a major target of the U.S., because the U.S. aristocracy's main allies are the Sauds and Israel, both of which hate and crave to destroy Iran.
Though those three targeted countries want to avoid being conquered by the U.S. Government, most of their expenditures are for their own domestic economies, instead of for defending against the U.S. and its allies.
(However, the U.S. and its allies are clearly and consistently the aggressor since 1991, and expanded their NATO alliance up to Russia's borders; Russia didn't expand its Warsaw Pact alliance up to America's borders, but ended the Warsaw Pact in 1991.
None of Russia's expenditures are for conquering foreign countries, such as the U.S. alliance now is trying to do in countries such as Syria and Yemen, and perhaps soon in Iran, too; so, the U.S. Government has no excuse whatsoever in this matter, but pure guilt in it, pure aggression.)
There really is a difference between "The West" and "The East" in our era, but it's more like the difference between The Axis powers in WW II versus The Allies, than it is between democracy versus dictatorship.
And, in fact, the U.S. Government is the world's only Government that has been scientifically analyzed to determine whether it is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, and it has consistently been found, in these rigorous studies, to be a dictatorship, against the public, by its billionaires, the aristocrats, and not a democracy, at all.
Furthermore, the preponderance of the major outcome-indicators of the extent to which a given nation is a dictatorship or even a police-state, or is instead a democracy that's ruled by its public, are showing that the U.S. is a dictatorship or even a police-state, and that the nations it calls its 'enemies' are more toward the democratic side - serving their respective public, instead of any such narrow and exclusive elite as the owners of,
(U.S.-allied propaganda' to the contrary alleging that the U.S. and its allies are the ones which are 'democracies', like this piece from the U.S. stooge-nations that constitute the EU, are always based on ranking - without clearly explaining how - the mere formalities of 'democracy', no authentic measures of democracy itself, but only the associated formalities, which often are mere fronts, behind which the given nation's aristocracy control that given country.)
The U.S. has emerged into the very model of the modern dictatorship, relying maximally upon a coordination between deceit and military power.
This is the reason why it now spends half of the world's military costs - to serve its aristocracy, who have perfected Joseph Goebbels's system of calling good bad, and bad good, and of otherwise imposing what the novelist George Orwell subsequently called "Newspeak" in its 'news'-reporting and commentaries, to serve the controlling aristocracy, "Big Brother."
It's here, and now...
On November 1st, Jonathan Cook at Global Research headlined "Bolsonaro - A Monster Engineered by Our Media" and he explained how even the "liberal" aristocrats in the U.S. and its allied countries have brought back racist fascism, the ideology known as nazism, as a globally spreading plague now.
Here is how America's master of Newspeak, Barack Obama, represented to West Point Military Academy's graduating cadets on 28 May 2014, the new American version, of Adolf Hitler's beloved "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt":
Actually, his - Obama's - regime, had conquered Ukraine in February 2014 by a very bloody coup.
Installed a racist-fascist anti-Russian Government there next door to Russia, a stooge-regime to this day, which instituted a racial-cleansing campaign to eliminate enough pro-Russia voters so as to be able to hold onto power there.
It has destroyed Ukraine and so alienated the regions of Ukraine that had voted more than 75% for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom Obama overthrew, so that those pro-Russia regions quit Ukraine.
Furthermore, Obama insisted upon (to use Bush's term about Saddam Hussein) "regime-change" in Syria. Twice in one day the Secretary General of the UN asserted that only the Syrian people have any right to do that, no outside nation has any right to impose it.
Obama ignored him and kept on trying.
Obama actually protected Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate against bombing by Syria's Government and by Syria's ally Russia, while the U.S. bombed Syria's army, which was trying to prevent those jihadists from overthrowing the Government.
Obama bombed Libya in order to "regime-change" Muammar Gaddafi, and he bombed Syria in order to "regime-change" Bashar al-Assad; and, so, while the "U.S. Drops Bombs - EU Gets Refugees & Blame - This is Insane."
And Obama's successor Trump continues Obama's policies, regarding not only Ukraine, but regarding also Yemen and Syria, and much else, except that Trump goes even more nazi than Obama did.
The change from Obama to Trump was from soft nazi to hard nazi. That's all. Trump is the U.S. regime's going wild.
Every day, the U.S. regime murders lots of people in foreign lands.
Today, as this is being written, on November 3rd, Syria News, which I've found to be far more reliably truthful about the situation in Syria than is for example the New York Times, headlined "U.S.-Led Coalition Murders 15 Civilians in a New Bombing in Hajin", and reported that,
Aggression (and lying about it) is normal for the U.S. Government.
...and this means war by the U.S. against both Russia and China, and perhaps also Iran.
But if the people of Europe don't rise up against that plan, then not only will they have even more refugees from America's "regime-change" bombs, but they will soon have Russia's bombs retaliating against Europe itself for being a part of America's aggression, via the NATO military alliance, an alliance that should have ended when the Warsaw Pact military alliance did, back in 1991.
Either End NATO Now, or else join the carnage that America's aristocracy are clearly determined to impose upon the world in order to conquer it. The choice is that simple.
The only ways that the global public can effectively fight back against the U.S.-and-allied aristocracies' plan to enslave the entire world to their coercive and sanctions-laden 'free market' are:
Otherwise, the U.S. aristocracy can simply continue with its pillage of our planet.
The global public needs to do its part, not to leave it to the targeted countries alone to try to put down this global resurgence of fascism, by America's oligarchs.
This also means abandoning the two aristocracies that work the most closely with America's:
The listed three steps are the only path toward a survivable planet: isolating and publicly shaming the nazis.
Also the Newspeak needs to end, right now, because without honesty, no type of progress is even possible.
All of these measures are not only morally right; they are necessary, because the present path leads to not only profound injustices, but a hellish global future.
Unfortunately, the United Nations cannot do any of these essential things. But only the global public can - and will, if there is to be continued life of this planet, and lives here that are worth living.
PS: For anyone who might consider odd that an American (the present writer) views Russia as a core ally of the American people, and views recent American Presidents (starting with George Herbert Walker Bush on 24 February 1990) as traitors to America - as being enemies of the American people and of the entire world - please consider the following historical facts:
And that's clear also from another calculation:
So, by far the biggest contributions to the winning not only of WW II, but also of WW I, were made by one and the same country, both times:
America's contribution was much smaller, on both occasions.
And, now, America's leaders and their foreign allies have become nazis, heirs of Hitler's tradition, who call Russia an "enemy," for refusing to do what these nazis demand.
Of course, there were also other nations on each side of each of those wars (for example, Wikipedia lists over a dozen "Allies of World War I"), but Ludvik calculated the numbers only for these, the main ones, on both sides...