Big Blue Kasparov Tells US How To Overthrow Putin
By Andrew McKillop
Beaten by Big Blue and Putin
IBM web sites remind us that the corporation's Deep Blue Supercomputer played a fascinating and winning series of matches with the reigning World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov in 1997. Kasparov lost. After a previous series of chess games starting in Feb 1996, which Kasparov won, his luck wore thin and by 1997 he was regularly beaten by the Big Blue machine of IBM. Very predictably, Kasparov accused IBM of cheating. How does a computer “cheat”?
Beaten in chess games, Kasparov turned to political punditry, most recently his advice to the West on how to beat Putin. Here again, he will be beaten.
Writing for paying outlets such as the US 'Wall Street Journal' today, Boris Kasparov tells its readers that the West should “sanction the 140 oligarchs who would dump Mr. Putin in the trash tomorrow if he cannot protect their assets abroad. Target their visas, their mansions and IPOs in London, their yachts and Swiss bank accounts. Use banks, not tanks”. Otherwise, he said, Putin will operate a divide-and-rule strategy on the world's finance markets, pitting Europe against the US. He claimed that “Wall Street's loss (will be) London's gain, and Mr. Putin's divide-and-conquer tactics (will) work again”. Putin, Kasparov claims, knew in advance that western financial markets would firstly make a mock-show of panic, followed by mock-confidence at most 36 hours later, in week ending 7 March.
By the end of a “hectic week's trading” the programmed constant ramp upward of equity prices and oil prices was back in business. Business as usual.
But Kasparov, the failed chess master, asks us to believe Putin had other things to think about!
The Post-1945 Universe of Territorial Integrity
Kasparov wheels out Google search one-liners in his show of mock-alarm. He claims the “post-1945 world of territorial integrity” is threatened with desecration by Vladimir Putin. Whether South Sudan secedes (by referendum) from North Sudan, or the Czech Republic separates from Slovakia, or Kosovo was carved out of Serbia (by NATO military strikes), or East Germany and the Ukraine seceded from the collapsed USSR, relatively peacefully but without referendums, or if Sikkim was annexed by Indian military force, or if North and South Vietnam were reunited following a colonial war of over 20 years, or perhaps if Scotland secedes from the Union with England in 2014 by referendum vote none of this in any way threatens the Universe of Post-1945 Territorial Integrity.
Pull the other leg, Mister Kasparov - Or go back to losing chess games, which you are provenly good for.
Kasparov's well remunerated thinkpieces in western government-friendly media tell us that only 500 kilometres south of Crimea, across the the Black Sea, Russian soldiers still occupy parts of Georgia—South Ossetia and Abkhazia—where they have been since Mr. Putin's 2008 invasion and de facto annexation. How many market-playing traders key that into their iPhone of a Monday morning before they talk up, yet again, equities and oil prices on those “ultra-transparent” finance markets of the capitalist West? Western interest in Georgia's territorial integrity is very close to absolute zero.
Presumably to justify his “star journalist” fees, Kasparov tells us that Vladimir Putin is now the living embodiment of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. He writes (in WSJ) that “Mr. Putin belongs to an exclusive club, along with Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milos¹evic, as one of the very few leaders to invade a neighboring nation in the nuclear age”. George W. Bush and Iraq, 2003 following George W. Bush and Afghanistan, 2001. Apparently these military invasions “never existed”.
Kasparov forgets plenty, starting with the explanation that Russia is a UN Security Council Declared Nuclear Power. Russia can hit back very hard, Mr Kasparov. Not at all like Hussein's Iraq or Milosevic's Serbia. When or if NATO was stupid or arrogant enough to try a bombing party or turkey shoot in Russia, the party will “go nuclear” very,very fast. NATO troops will turn and flee in total disarray as airburst nuclear weapons more than just dampen their roll-forward of Manifest Destiny. They will be destroyed en masse.
As NATO knows very well, modern war is only against weak and unprepared nations which cannot hit back. New World Order “bravado” that is. Such is Western Manifest Destiny, these days.
Interestingly, Kasparov, to fill his column space and deliver the paid-for spiel, tells us that “expansionist aggression” has been out of fashion since the time of Adolf Hitler, adding that Hitler failed but Joseph Stalin succeeded. Kasparov says that Stalin's Red Army had its share of battlefield glory, but Stalin's real triumph was diplomatic, at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, where Stalin bullied a wheelchair US president close to death, Franklin Roosevelt, and a powerless and ruined Winston Churchill. According to Kasparov, this enabled Stalin to annexe Poland by promising elections that he knew would be won by the communist government already in place.
Replace Fatherland with Motherland
Nowhere in the writings of Kasparov does he refer to the Russian Orthodox Church, which as in several post-Soviet countries, notably Poland has a powerful political role in society. While the Oligarchs who Kasparov says will turn on a dice and dump Putin when the stock exchange casino's roulette wheels are steered the wrong way by Mr Obama, the Russian Orthodox Church sees Putin as a savior.
Possibly a truant who has turned away from Evil, but a savior all the same. Orthodox Church web sites in English, and with no doubt more vehemently in Russian, hammer out the message that Putin is the thin red line in the sand. Putin defends the West meaning Russia against the barbarous degeneracy of the USA and Europe, and against the barbarous savagery of the Islamic world. When Putin uses the emotionally-charged term “the Motherland” this strikes a willing chord among Russia's Orthodox Christian potentates and their flock. But Kasparov says that Putin's use of the term “Motherland” is exactly the same as Adolf Hitler's use of the term “Fatherland” to drum up fanatical support at mass rallies in Nazi Germany 80 years ago.
The final difference is that Adolf Hitler did not possess nuclear weapons although he tried, in an unwilling and unbelieving way, to have the 1933 Nobel physics prizewinner Werner Karl Heisenberg develop an atom bomb for Nazi Germany. If Nazi Germany had developed the bomb, using Heisenberg's heavy water and depleted uranium reactor route, before the USA, the Second World War would have been mightily different! Of that you can be very, very sure.
Even Kasparov can understand, even if he is too stupid to beat an IBM computer, that Putin is not in charge of an essentially under-armed and under-protected country like Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 1991 and in 2003. Equip a country such as Hussein's Iraq with nuclear weapons and watch the Dogs of War stop their barking and blethering, as they crawl back into their kennels to eat offal. If not, the Dogs of War can triumphantly sweep in to desecrate, destroy and pillage in an an orgy of violence.
According to Boris Kasparov, Mr. Putin's divide-and-conquer tactics are working again. He sternly adds, to round up his paid journalistic diatribe, that “If Mr. Putin succeeds—and if there is no united Western response, he will have succeeded regardless of whether or not Russian troops stay in Crimea”.
This allows him to make the Biblical prediction that “The world, or at least the world order as we know it will have ended”.
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