Tyler Durden’s picture Guest Post: Why The West’s Financial Warfare Against Russia May Lead To The Real Thing

Friday, April 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Harold James
ZeroHedge.com
04/18/2014

A mix of military reluctance and willingness to use financial weapons was evident before the First World War, as it is now in Ukraine. Countries’ efforts to protect their financial systems often centred on increased banking supervision and, in many cases, enlarging the central bank’s authority to include the provision of emergency liquidity to domestic institutions. But this belief fuelled excessive confidence among those responsible for the reforms, preventing them from anticipating that military measures would soon be needed to protect the economy. Instead of being an alternative to war, the financial arms race made war more likely – as it may well be doing with Russia today.

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