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Ukraine and a Tectonic Shift in Heartland Power

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Ukraine and a Tectonic Shift in Heartland Power

Post  TBQ on Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:16 am

Ukraine and a Tectonic Shift in Heartland Power

By F. William Engdahl, 22 March 2010

Part I: The Geopolitical significance of Ukraine today

A decisive vote against NATO On February 14 Ukraine's Election Commission declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner in that embattled country's Presidential runoff vote, defeating former Prime Minister and Orange Revolution instigator Yulia Tymoshenko. Contrary to the positive spin Washington is trying to put on the events, they mark the
definitive death of Ukraine's much-touted “Orange Revolution.“

The relevant question at this juncture is what the defeat of Ukraine's Orange Revolution signifies for the
future of the Eurasian Heartland, as British geopolitician Halford Mackinder termed the region? Even more
significantly, what does it imply for a two-decade long Pentagon attempt to weaken and ultimately cripple
Russia as a military power in Washington's awesome and overly ambitious agenda of Full Spectrum

To understand the long-term significance of the Ukraine vote for the future global geopolitical balance of
power we should go back to the original Orange Revolution of 2004. Viktor Yushchenko was the handpicked
candidate of Washington, and especially the neo-conservatives around the Bush Administration, in
their attempt to split Ukraine from its historic and economic ties to Russia and bring the country, along
with neighbor Georgia, into NATO.

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Born in Minneapolis Engdahl, Engdahl grew up in Texas, and after a degree in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton University in 1966 (BA) ,and graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm from 1969 to 1970, he worked as an economist and free-lance journalist in New York and in Europe.

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