Phil Town is the author of Rule Number One. The rule is “do not lose money.” If you invest in a stock that has had steady growth, there is a good chance that it will continue to have a positive change in the future. An investment that gives you a slow but steady return is better than a stock that has experienced tremendous ups and downs in the past. The important thing here is to recognize patterns. The event in Ukraine is a familiar pattern.
Stephen Kinzer is the author of Overthrow. The book traces the history of U.S. regime change wars from the ouster of Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani in 1893 to the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraqi 2003. In his book All the Shah’s Men, An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, Kinzer tells the history of the 1953 American Coup in Iran. In 1953 Mohammad Mosaddegh was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran who displaced the monarchy of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Mosaddegh was very westernized, loved everything about America, and his picture was on the cover of Time Magazine as the Man of the Year. However, he acted against England controlling most of the railways and oil. When Mosaddegh threatened to expel the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company if more of the proceeds did not go to Iran, the English accused Mosaddegh of being a communist to President Eisenhower. The Eisenhower Administration dispatched Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow Mosaddegh in a silent coup, which led to the re-establishment of the Shah Pahlavi back into power.
Despite his leadership defects and character flaws, President Yanukovych of Ukraine had been duly elected in balloting that international observers considered reasonably free and fair. When Yanukovych rejected the European Union’s terms for an association agreement in late 2013, in favor of a Russian offer, the Obama Administration sent John McCain to Kyiv to show America’s solidarity with the anti-Russian Euromaidan activists. The Obama administration and most American news media portrayed the Euromaidan Revolution as a spontaneous, popular uprising against a corrupt and brutal government. Instead, US officials were blatantly meddling in Ukrainian politics. Most American politicians and corporate media have fallen in line with a one-sided narrative that paints Russia as the aggressor and supports sending weapons to Ukraine. At issue for Russia is a massive military buildup near its border.
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