Since the '90's Russia has steadily constructed pipelines into Europe, only too happy to supply and pander to the voracious European appetite for oil and gas. Russia has undoubtedly encouraged this dependency. These Soviet oil and gas tentacles now supply all the major European countries with their industrial lifeblood, as Putin and Medvedev patiently wait for their coming advantage.
With America's stock market still pussing and bleeding all over the world's financial markets, while the US government's fiscal debt leaves its economy racked, bare and weak as the precious dollar value goes up and down like a yoyo with its markets in tow, supported only by abstract statistical lies from the US government to its own people and the greed of Wall Street, and as US leaders desperately try to avoid their strained dependency on Middle East oil, Putin's indirect plan continues to move steadily and quietly ahead, completely unhindered by both American or European policy.
In the past recent conflict between Georgia and Russia, NATO's reaction must surely be described as feeble. This weak political and martial response by Europe is quite evidently governed by stark economic fears. Energy is the lifeblood of any nation and Europe's political mettle has recently been tested hard. Georgia wanted to join NATO, but Angela Merkel - the German Chancellor, vetoed against Georgia joining - amidst weak protests from France, UK and the US. Germany is a big and symbiotic industrial partner for Russia - Germany supplies the technology and organization, and Russia endlessly trickle-feeds Germany her precious oil and gas. If Georgia - on the border with Russia - were to be allowed into the NATO fold, Russia would not be very pleased. And all Putin would have to do is turn off the oil and gas taps into Europe as he has already done against his own rebellious satellites in recent years. Therefore, as perceived by Putin, Merkel and other European states, Georgia is surely a paltry sacrifice to pay as compared to the dire economic need for the persistent trickle of black Russian oil into Europe.
So, as Russia's oil influence and dependency spreads inevitably like a surreptitious pox across Europe, the political tide will undoubtedly shift and change - the tug of Russia's political sway too strong to resist, since Europe - for her own economic survival - must soon eventually bow and scrape in deference to Russia's policies. And so, as Russia's influence steadily blooms into outright dominance, this subtle takeover will be complete and a new hegemon is born.
In the bloodless aftermath, America will become more isolated and politically friendless - a lone, bewildered animal left to forage and fend for itself. Russia, in partnership with the likes of China, Venezuela and certain other countries in the Mid-East, will persist and continue to hurt America - and through America's own callous loss of control over her currency - this cabal will be able to silently attack and wrong-foot America economically until the dollar falls big and - because of the American government's careless laissez-faire attitude towards its own huge fiscal debt - dollar hyperinflation and bankruptcy will arrive to eventually decimate American World Leadership and lay waste the American Way, abruptly to dissolve into a forlorn and forgotten memory.
Of course this could never happen, could it ?
A Study in Collapse by J R Nyquist
The Monster at the Bottom of the Abyss by J R Nyquist