The United States has virtually occupied Europe. In the EU, many already say: "Brussels is the bridle, which the US has thrown on all European countries to speed us together." Well-known publicist Israel Shamir, who lives both in Europe and in Russia, shared his views on the subject with Pravda.Ru.
"This is very interesting time that we live in. Usually, summer is a holiday season, when nothing special happens. This summer is absolutely crazy. The relationships between the USA and its European allies are especially interesting. Tensions have been rising there steadily. Now they are rising between Germany and the USA. The recent spy scandal is only one of many. German gold in U.S. vaults has mysteriously disappeared. The spy intrigue between the U.S. and Germany clearly and openly started brewing after the figure of Edward Snowden came to public attention. His arrival and stay in Russia is a very powerful thing. It revealed all hidden henchmen, friends, agents of influence of the United States in Russia. All of them came to the surface, even such inveterate people as the owner of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper, whom I always considered a great Russian patriot. But then he came out and said, 'No, we must immediately deliver Snowden. Snowden was, of course, a great bombshell.
"Who made a bigger contribution to these titanic moves in big politics: Assange or Snowden?"
"I have personal sympathies to Assange, whom I know personally. Again, this is not clear - could Snowden emerge if it wasn't for Assange? After all, it was Assange and his assistant Sarah Hendrickson, who saved Snowden. Sarah took him from Hong Kong to Moscow a few hours before Snowden was going to be jailed. She was holding his hand all the time while he was at Sheremetyevo. Assange exposed a lot of materials for us and then went into the background. They are two very different figures. But Snowden, of course, drove a big wedge between Germany and the United States. Everybody wanted that to happen."
"Germany remains an occupied country. American troops are garrisoned. British troops are garrisoned too. What can change the pattern of the existing world?"
"Germany is indeed occupied. However, no one has canceled the German wish to get rid of the American occupation. They managed to escape from the Soviet occupation in 1990, thanks to Gorbachev. Now they want to get rid of the Americans. Against this background, Snowden came up with his information about US special services eavesdropping on Merkel. It was a big blow for Merkel, who, for some reason, thought that she was a great ally, a friend, and that they do not spy on friends. After that, it was suddenly discovered that a young employee of German intelligence services was selling materials to the Americans, and the Americans were willing to buy. There was a very interesting and curious Russian angle in that situation. The Americans at first got very offended, but then they said that it was their own business. The Germans were a little dumbfounded and then said, "you know, that man wanted to sell everything to the Russians too." Then there was another scandal, when another American spy came up. In fact, while Ukraine is becoming a US-German and pan-European colony, Germany is making tentative steps towards its own liberation."
"What about France?"
"In France, the situation is quite interesting too. Jacques Chirac stuck to an independent position. But after Sarkozy came, everything became different ... Until recently, France thought that it should be friends with America. But then a terrible earthquake happened - the European Parliament elections. It turned out that the whole system, the whole structure, the whole paradigm - all of it collapsed. And then Hollande, who was the obedient American poodle at the time, suddenly felt chilled to the bone and made a U-turn. The Americans put pressure on the French and began to demand a huge amount from them - about nine billion dollars of fine that they wanted to impose on Paribas bank. The bank financed operations with Sudan, Iran and other countries, with which America does not allow to work. What difference does it make for a French bank, what America allows? Hollande met with Obama and said: we will defend our bank interests. Apparently, nothing came out of the idea. There was another serious thing, during the Norman meeting. Hollande was the only one among all, who mentioned Russia's huge contribution in the destruction of Nazism during World War II. All the rest silenced it carefully. France is willing to step aside from the American dictatorship. This can be seen in how France proceeds with the execution of Mistral contracts with Russia. The United States asked the French to refuse from their delivery. Interestingly, in Russia, many criticized the purchase of those ships, but now we see that with those vessels, Russia acquired some friendship with Paris. These all very tricky things.
"There is a huge shift in world politics going on now, independent power centers appear in front of our very eyes. There is no longer a bipolar world, where the United States and Europe stand against China and Russia. A new, multipolar world is emerging. Do you think that Russia has been increasing its influence lately?"
"Absolutely. Indeed, Russia can be more or less fine only if great powers of the West are in conflict with each other. The tremendous growth of the Soviet Union in the 1920-1930s was connected with the fact that there was confrontation. And now it is the same. Of course, if we could win the support of Europe, to make it independent, balancing against the United States, then we all would live in the world, where Russia could breathe freely. Yet, the Americans take great care of the garden of European policy. That is, they nurture young politicians across Europe. As soon as pro-American cholera appears, they nurture it even more to make it grow. If an independent person appears, they try to bring him down. As a result, we see scandals with prostitutes, drugs, or other petty scandals that ruin people's reputations.
"You live in Stockholm and in Moscow. Do you know what united Europe is?"
"Thee is no united Europe. For the time being, this is a tool for the United States to keep European countries in a pack to drive it forward. This feeling is very strong, especially in France. The French say that Brussels is the bridle, which the US has thrown on all European countries to speed them together. When six European countries united at first, it was different."
Prepared by Yuri Kondratyev