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The Russia Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert is Published
[July 30, 2018]
My book has just been released by Punto Press, and can be bought online at Amazon and Ganxy. You can also read gratis the introduction, preface and first three chapters by clicking on the "look inside" on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Peace-Threat-Pentagon-Alert/dp/0996487069
Punto Press, a publishing house affiliated with The Greanville Post, has just published a much awaited history/memoir by Ron Ridenour, an anti-imperialist fighter, radical journalist, and author whose uncompromising trajectory spans six decades and three continents, with first-hand experiences in Cuba, Nicaragua, Europe and naturally the country of his birth, the United States. A life spent struggling for justice and peace is a life morally well lived.
In The Russian Peace Threat—Pentagon on Alert, whose focus is the century-old tug of war between two deeply antithetical societies, the US and Russia, Ridenour has not only provided activists and the public at large a dependable and compelling history that is aimed at dissolving the thick layers of disinformation and ignorance still keeping the two nations apart, but a wealth of details and insights seldom found in comparable works, written by a man who does not pretend to a non-existent “objectivity” but simple, liberating truth. The chapter presented below tackles a supremely important subject, American exceptionalism, the fount of many evils in our modern world. Since this is a peculiar American phenomenon, it is incumbent upon Americans to learn what it is, and how it affects their lives and the lives of countless people around the world. It is a critical step in humanity’s struggle to move this planet toward a far more humane and just order. —Patrice Greanville, publisher, editor-in-chief
Daniel Kovalik, author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia”, Skyhorse, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Book
June 28, 2018
Ron Ridenour has written a timely, important and eloquent book showing the dangers of American Exceptionalism and how that bad religion continues to put the U.S. on a dangerous collision course with the rest of the world, and most notably Russia. His book shows that the enemy of the U.S. has never been countries like Russia. Rather, the true enemy is our collective belief that somehow our military domination of the world is not only justified but necessary to make the world safe for democracy and freedom. In fact, as Ridenour shows, the U.S.’s compulsive military engagements abroad are only destabilizing the world and See author/lawyer/professor Dan Kovalik comment below.
Dr. Andrea Galli
June 29, 2018
It is an ancient technique of statesmanship to achieve unity by creating an external enemy or danger. With his new book, Ron Ridenour has captured the essential frame that describes the Zeitgeist of the Western world, and above all the American world, in their distortion of reality to exorcise their own sins of excesses of military and economic hegemony. Russia is once again the Black Beast, as it was during the Cold War as part of the Soviet Union.
But the truth is that the Western states are challenged by internal problems. Spicily, Western governments are only accelerating their own decline by denying their own democratic challenges.
Russophobia - "Russia is to blame for everything" - is the short-term and futile attempt to postpone the day of reckoning when angry and informed citizens of the West will demand a democratic restoration because of their legitimate concerns.
It is sick, but in the political class of the West it has become an indoctrinated belief that the "insidious" Russians intend to "collapse" Western democracies by making "disinformation a weapon" and spreading "fake news" with their Russian news channels such as RT and Sputnik. This narrative is endless: Western states are basically victims of an evil Russian attack that is supposed to cause a collapse.
However, it is this anti-democratic and paranoid thinking of Western politicians - supported and fired upon by conscientious media - that kills democracy from within, and not some alleged external enemy.
There is obviously a sense of the decline of authority and legitimacy in the Western states, even if the real causes of this decline are ignored or denied. Government systems, politicians of all colours and institutions such as the established media and the secret services are increasingly despised and distrusted by the public.
Who is to blame for this loss of political and moral authority? Western governments and institutions should look in the mirror.
The collapsing state of Western democracies has nothing to do with Russia. The Russophobia of blaming Russia for the decline of Western institutions is an attempt to find a scapegoat for the very real problems facing governments and institutions such as the news media. These problems are home-made and, because of their chronic anti-democratic nature, are the property of those governments. And also because of the systematic violations of international law in the pursuit of criminal wars and other excuses for treason.
John Rachel, author of The Peace Dividend: The Most
Controversial Proposal in the History of the World
“Brilliant, incisive, invaluable! This is the perfect companion
to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Ridenour’s
book could have been titled, A People's History of Seven Decades of
United States Abuse of Military and Political Power.”
David Mac Michaels:
“Making any nation’s foreign policy comprehensible to the citizens of that country or to the world at large is a daunting task at which government officials and academics, whether supporting or opposing that policy routinely fail. Ron Ridenour, a fierce critic of post-Cold War US policy toward Russia, has undertaken that task with skill and eloquence. Read “Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert” with care. You will learn a lot and might even have to change your mind on the subject.” Dave Mac Michaels
David Mac Michaels is one of 27 members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals
for Sanity (VIPS) steering committee. A former CIA analyst, National
Intelligence Council senior officer, and Marine Corp officer, he has
a Ph.D in history. Mac Michaels was a key witness for Nicaragua before
the International Court of Justice, which ruled, in 1986, that the US
had violated international law by materially supporting the counter-revolutionaries
and mining Nicaraguan harbors. The US ignored with impunity the court’s
binding verdict that it pay reparations.
RON RIDENOUR—America’s hegemonic project in the post 9/11 era is the ‘Globalization of War’ whereby the U.S.-NATO military machine—coupled with covert intelligence operations, economic sanctions and the thrust of ‘regime change’—is deployed in all major regions of the world. The threat of pre-emptive nuclear war is also used to black-mail countries into submission. This ‘Long War against Humanity’ is carried out at the height of the most serious economic crisis in modern history.
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